The Coil editor rounds up the best literary pieces from the indie Internet for you to read this weekend.
There’s a lot of stuff on the Internet to read. Here, let me help you wade through the crap to get to the good stuff. This recurring column features stories, reviews, poems, interviews, essays, and literary whatnot that you might have missed, and you can come back every weekend for new great reads.
“On July 4, 1895, Linnie Rogers became the first woman to climb Devil’s Tower.” | HOLLY M. WENDT has a historic tale of “The Rogers Ladder” in Gulf Stream.
“I grew up watching soap operas / with my mother: the full-on fantasy / of white women in low-cut tops / competing over who could go the lowest / before a nip slip in jewel tones / in the middle of daytime TV.” | DOROTHY CHAN has a “Triple Sonnet for My Mother’s Full-On Soap Opera Fantasy” at Glass: A Poetry Journal.
“It might be true that discomfort is one of my own primary modes of experience.” | JAMEL BRINKLEY talks to BRANDON TAYLOR about Brinkley’s new book, craft, masculinity, intimacy, and other themes in “On Writing a Short Story: ‘Everything Is Always Happening, All the Time” at Literary Hub.
“We were on the beach when the man approached us, pulling a marijuana plant out of a faded black JanSport backpack.” | ALEXIA ARTHURS talks about “Being the Only Queer Woman at a Very Straight Wedding” at Buzzfeed.
“My husband wasn’t always a beam of light.” | DANA DIEHL with “Once He Was a Man” at Threadcount.
“Do you want to take a ride with me?” | MICHAEL B. TAGER has three nature poems in “I Am David Attenborough and These Are My Nature Poems” at Longleaf Review.
“outside the tutor is teaching everyone how / to love I cannot hear his words but walk down / the stairs to the smell of smoke” | DEVIN KELLY says “Good Morning, I Too Am Learning Something New Today” at Pidgeonholes.
“Every night as the sun hints at hiding behind the buildings across the street, I stand beneath the large, leafy tree outside my apartment and hold my camera up to the canopy.” | JILL TALBOT talks about autumn in “On October” at Pithead Chapel.
“The story ‘Circe’s Bicycle’ is about being transported to a strange, magical place and not really knowing — or caring — how you got there.” | TARA CAMPBELL is interviewed by GAY DEGANI in “Mythical Magic” at Heavy Feather Review.
“Hand, she says. We walk, our long winter coats touching.” | PAUL BECKMAN has a brief familial flash in “Winter Walks” at Lost Balloon.
“There’s no forgetting the moment you notice that the shelves you’ve been assigned are full of men, and that you haven’t seen women’s names on them since you were a little girl.” | MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY rings in the inaugural Read More Women column at Electric Literature.
“Writing professors love to talk about craft. Carpentry and agrarian metaphors abound.” | NICK RIPATRAZONE talks about “Writing for Readers and Other Taboos” at The Millions.
“As the summer heats up and my due date approaches, I’ve been reading Pamela Druckerman’s cult book about French parenting Bringing Up Bébé.” | LAUREN ELKIN talks about the sudden trend of motherhood stories in “Why All the Books about Motherhood?” at The Paris Review.
“The woman on the yoga video dropped into a squat, tailbone arcing downwards, and I tried to do the same.” | CHLOE N. CLARK with “The Width of Your Body Apart” at Noble / Gas Qtrly.
“Flash was just what came out, probably due in part to my natural impatience.” | KARA VERNOR is interviewed by TOMMY DEAN.
“Dad stands staring at the stolen sundresses in my closet.” | MEG POKRASS has a wonderful flash, “Sundresses,” at Fanzine.
“dear imaginary daughter — / It’s so very American of you to blame your father.” | KRISTY BOWEN has five poems from The Science of Impossible Objects at Occulum.
“Like everyone in my generation, I am finding it increasingly difficult not to be scared about the future and angry about the past.” | MICHAEL HOBBES will wake you up with his tragic take on “FML: Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression” at Huffington Post Highline.