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Sarah Blackwood

Making Their Way in the World Today

“City’s hard,” my three-year-old son occasionally remarks. He offers those words as mere description, though, no real judgment. (I mean, he’s three; lack of...

Editing as Carework: The Gendered Labor of Public Intellectuals

Editing Avidly is one of the primary ways I manifest the role of “public intellectual” (ugh). I think editing is a relatively undertheorized intellectual...

We Talkin’ ‘Bout Genre

Richard Sherman talked smack after a football game and the internet exploded. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioo1iUdwAlU?rel=0] Of course, because it is the internet, the conversation has mostly been...

Souffrante and Unpresentable

"Madame Ratignolle was to the last degree souffrante and unpresentable"-- Kate Chopin, The Awakening At the end of The Awakening, the very pregnant Madame Ratignolle...

Best Nap in American Literature

How do you like to nap? For me, it’s like this: on top of the covers (never under the covers) with an extra blanket...

Battleground State

By the logic of 2012’s “Personhood” rhetoric, I am currently keeping five of my son’s siblings in a freezer along 7th Avenue in Park Slope,...

Baby, Boom

On Friday, we will celebrate my son being born and me nearly dying. I assure you that it will be a happy day: my...

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