Beautifully Ruined: A Case for Re-visiting Kate Braverman’s Lithium for Medea
Punk! Real estate! Venice Beach! Myriam Gurba re-introduces readers to Kate Braverman’s cult classic Lithium for Medea.
No Princesses: Reflections on the Passing of Sacheen Littlefeather
Critic Myriam Gurba reflects on the passing of Sacheen Littlefeather and her attempted takedown by a notorious “pretendian” researcher.
The Doctor’s Tongue
Myriam Gurba maps her sexual miseducation in California schools, homes, and medical offices.
A woman’s pandemic relationship with a cat deepens her humanity.
Honoring Our Literary Ancestors: On Arcelia and Giovanni’s Room
Organizers of Giovanni's Room unite to honor literary ancestors
On Toni Morrison’s Spiritual Vision: a Conversation with Nadra Nittle
Nadra Nittle takes meticulous inventory of the ingredients that enliven Toni Morrison’s spiritual vision.
The Word You May Be Looking For is “Stalking”
From “Bad Art Friend” to the Miya Marcano murder to reports of femicide, writers shy away from a crucial word: stalking.
We Are The Ones Who Got Away
The Petito case challenges us to consider how we language romantic harm. Domestic violence seldom stays at home.
Nonprosecutable: A Review of Shiori Ito’s Black Box
Through personal narrative, journalist, survivor, and activist Shiori Ito examines rape culture in Japan.
Stories For Stoners: An interview with Marijuanera Mala Muñoz
Mala Muñoz is without a doubt a Chicana who smokes her fair share of weed.
Pocas Pero Locas, Episode 3: “Wassup, M’ija?”
After a gang unit stopped my 14 year old cousin for driving in a stolen hoopty, they took her to Eastlake Juvenile Hall and handed her over to a new abuser: a cop.
Pocas Pero Locas, Episode 2: Chicken Soup for the Homies’ Soul
An older homegirl, a hood mom whom Desiree considered her mentor, announced, "I'm jumping you in."
Pocas Pero Locas: An Interpersonal Chicana Essay Where Two Primas Make Sure Shit Gets Told Right
Myriam Gurba writes about her cousin Desiree, female gangsters, cholas, Mexican bad asses with big hair, and the criminalization of survivors.
Her Taste For Speed: Rachel Kushner’s “The Hard Crowd”
The Hard Crowd offers us a portrait of Kushner through her preoccupations, obsessions, concerns, affinities, and distastes. Her writing on others is always writing about the self and in this sense, she is always doing donuts, flashing the lens externally so as to make an entire revolution, pointing the eye inward once again.
Matt Gaetz: an Extraordinarily Ordinary Creep
What makes the accusations against Matt Gaetz so plausible is the ubiquity of men like him. Many of them work for state, like my former coworker John William Gunde, a high school teacher arrested for sex with a minor, currently on paid administrative leave.