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Letter sent on Sep 15, 2017

The Woke-ing Dead

Hey hi —

I am wrestling — sweaty and ragged and miserable with the sheer force of it — with my American identity. It’s hard not to feel alternatively ashamed and bewildered by the dizzying array of human rights violations and political puppetry that this nation is seething with right now.

It feels imperative to track the wrong-doings — it’s compulsive — but also masochistic. Bearing witness to one’s own impotence in the face of The Orange Reign can be numbing at best, and debilitating at worst.

I count myself among the woke-ing dead. But this vertigo, this sensation of feeling frayed and raw and frightened and rageful, has been the consistent reality for millions in this country . . . truly since the dawn of this country.

So instead of wringing my hands and biting my cuticles to a bloody mess, I am trying to channel the tenacity and courage of those those who have endured and fought — again and again and again — in our country, and countless others.

The more privilege you have the less you have to lose in raising your voice. So I’m trying to get louder and louder every day.

With love + rage,
Katie Tandy
Co-founder | Creative Director

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By Katherine Cross

Al Gore has built a post-electoral career that’s kept him in spotlights so bright, he’s even on the silver screen. He too won the popular vote, and lost a winnable election to a sentient mayonnaise jar who went on to ruin the country.

But he doesn’t summon the scorn Clinton does, and there isn’t a horde of Democrats, liberals, centrists, and leftists alike telling him to naff off. The double standard is real and undeniable; it must be the starting point in any debate about Clinton, and seen as a bias to constantly acknowledge and correct for in one’s criticism.

How To Look Like Every Sign Of The Zodiac

By Jennifer Culp


Once I went to help this woman move residences. Her ex, who she too-politely would not simply tell to gtfo, angst-wailed guitar ballads at us the entire time we hauled all her furniture out of the house and into a truck. Afterward, *I* was exhausted from the heavy lifting and heavier emotional racket, but Virgo couldn’t sleep without first cleaning the bathroom of her new apartment.

When she woke the next morning, she launched into action, and within the span of two hours managed not only to clean her new place from top to bottom but straight-up turned that joint into a HOME.

We sipped canned champagne to celebrate, then we went out and, in spite of her dogged insistence that no one would ever want to be with her again following the split from her ex, she immediately picked up an extremely built dude approximately seven years her junior to keep her occupied for the evening.

Emily Dickinson’s Legacy Is Incomplete Without Discussing Trauma

By Isabel C. Legarda, M.D.

Agoraphobia, social phobia, lupus, epilepsy, and a vaguely defined eye ailment are several of the explanations offered today for Emily’s withdrawal from society. Many point to the numerous losses of loved ones she suffered as a possible cause of pain.

As a physician, I submit that something besides grief also afflicted her, and that poetry was her way to “Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant.” I believe an explanation accounts for the myriad questions her life and work have generated: trauma.

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If I could only have one type of food for the rest of my life it would be pie. I’m pretty sure it covers most food groups.

If I could give the amazing people who sponsor stories anything in the world to express my gratitude, it would be a personalized poem…and maybe some pie.

The story I’m working on now is about the role parents play in securing a diverse and harmonious future for their children.

Stop Calling People ‘Savage’

By Dragos Nica

Thomas Jefferson wrote about the “merciless Indian savages” and thought it the duty of the government to “pursue them to extermination.” He was the first president to propose policies of forced assimilation and forced removal, which violently displaced Indigenous peoples from their lands across America.

He called the West “the crowded wilderness,” a term that suggests he acknowledged the fact that the land was settled, but not that it belonged to someone else. The language Jefferson used was important, as language tends to be, since it allowed the government to spin a narrative that would influence violent expansion westward, which continues to affect Indigenous lives to this day.




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