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Thoroughbred Soprano Sasha Lazard

Written by Jessica Willis on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Stock divas, brown pop princesses, assorted starlets and vamps who have yet to bleed are everywhere. Obviously. From the world’s food courts they come, singly or in clots of twos and threes, borne from the bazaars of Dungalore, the malls of East California, the streets of South Detroit. It’s an infestation. But where have all [&hellip
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The Sand-Filled Oyster Summer is sexy. Yeah, and spring …

Written by Jessica Willis on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

There’s something so obvious, so hopeful, so bittersweet about bumster short shorts, increased condom sales, complicated daiquiris and exposed viscera. During the summer we’re forced to be Brazilian for 113 days of the year. Summer is about trying too hard. That might be sex, but it isn’t sexy. Summer is about loosening up and bending [&hellip
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Joyce Carol Oates’ Faithless Is a Joyless Task, with a Repetitive, Groaning Refrain of “Nobody Wins”

Written by Jessica Willis on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

One of the many damaged readers in my family turned me on to Joyce Carol Oates in 1990. Eyes closed, the damaged reader said to me, "It’s too strong. I had to keep putting it down. You try." And into my lap she dropped Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart, Oates’ [&hellip
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