Tagged 2013

Who’s In A Name

Reviewed by Sarah Williams   “There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.” –Tennessee Williams   A writer friend once commented on his annoyance with a misspelling of his name in print: “its one of the few things we have, our name.” As writers, as artists–most of whom are not going to garner great wealth from our work–in the end, our good names might be all we have. What…

Pussy! A Progression!

An ABR Special Feature by Nikki Darling A PUSSAMBLE: Hello and thank you for taking a moment to board this Kind ship. I should mention here that this journey takes about an hour to experience and is best enjoyed while communing with the eyrth. Take a minute, find a lighter. In the meantime I will use this moment to make a public service announcement to all future brides: Don’t invite me to your wedding. It’s not that I think poorly of you now, it’s just that I think we should have a conversation. This is a manifesto   LUV! Nikki…

Pussy! A Progression! Essay 2

By Nikki Darling   Daughter of Wurtzel: In Defense of Elizabeth Wurtzel and Feminist Confessional Writing     I like Erase Errata; I really love Erase Errata, because it is so easy to not like them. – Nikki Darling, Live From New York, The LA Record   As if being miserable every day, six days a week, walking some asshole publisher’s dog and picking up it’s crap while balancing a tray of Starbucks on my arm makes me more of a grownup. If that’s being responsible then I like living by the seat of my pants. Besides, what’s the point of doing some horrible job that you hate…

Pussy! A Progression! Essay 5

By Nikki Darling     Birth: A Review of Georgia O’Keeffe   So I’m writing here, as one of the left-overs, one of those weirdos, the ones who shave their heads, those who don’t know how to dress, those who worry that they stink, those with rotten teeth, those who don’t know how to go about things, are never given presents by men, those who fuck anyone who’ll have them. –Virginie Despentes   The vagina that grew teeth in that movie and started to bite off dicks, had been raped. I remember feeling so disappointed in the film because I have…

Pussy! A Progression! Essay 4

By Nikki Darling   The Master’s House: Review of Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters, 1973-1977       The Master’s House   1.     PLAGIARISM   I RECALL MY CHILDHOOD   My father’s name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Phillip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Peter. So I called myself Peter, and came to be called Peter. – Kathy Acker, Great Expectations   But what is Darling’s point of view, what is it saying beyond the decorative jabs–as when overstuffed rich people are served by little Negro…