Posts Tagged: The Offing

This Week in Short Fiction

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In “Stevie Versus the Negative Space” by Bonnie Chau at The Offing this week, a young woman tries to define herself through a familiar and flawed lens: her relationships with men. In order to see the shape of Stevie, start here, with the shapes of the guys. Chau leads each of the story’s seven sections […]

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This Week in Essays

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Take an immersive trip down the Maine coast with Porter Fox at Nowhere magazine. For The Rumpus, Nancy Jooyoun Kim examines the bizarre dynamics and privilege within the world of tourism. At The Offing, Gabrielle Montesanti’s reflections on piss are pretty great. No, really.

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This Week in Essays

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Through her work with Doctors Without Borders, Caitlin L. Chandler offers us a glimpse of what life is like on the Syrian border for Guernica. For Real Life magazine, Christopher Schaberg examines the symbolism of airports as “fraught borderlands” perfect for a protest. Here at The Rumpus, Katharine Coldiron takes our minds for a spin around the concepts of […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, C Pam Zhang has a flash fiction story at The Offing that is maybe about vampires but probably about girls, Chinese girls in particular. “Are They Vampires, or Are They Just Chinese?” is written in five brief paragraphs of atmospheric prose that is beautiful and barbed at the same time, like cotton candy […]

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This Week in Essays

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At Real Life, Emma Healey makes a well-stated case for why Periscope’s Couch Mode may be the escape we all need. Ijeoma Oluo has written an important essay on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for The Establishment. In our troubling present reality, we should all fight out of love like Joy Ellison, who shares their experience in Palestine at Story Club […]

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Lost in Translation

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There is such a stark cognitive dissonance at present—Black writers winning prestigious literary awards and facing watermelon jokes in the same moment, White editors wanting racial diversity while still publishing racist poems. With an introduction by new Editor-in-Chief Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, former contributing editor Casey Rocheteau dissects and describes what went wrong with “white peoples’ best […]

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Kids and Wars

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At one point in the conversation, Watts said: “I always imagined those soldiers using paintball guns, that the war was just a large-scale version of what we played as kids.” I confessed that the same thought had occurred to me. Chris McCormick has an excerpt from his novel Desert Boys over at The Offing: a coming-of-age story […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This is supposed to be a story. This is the first sentence of “The Alive Sister,” a powerful new work of flash fiction by Megan Giddings published at The Offing on Monday. In it, two little black girls are playing an imaginary game with foam bats in a park. Someone calls the police. The girls […]

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A Running Start

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Over at The Offing, Linda Chavers pens an important letter to “black girls everywhere”: I am giving you the prologue. You must go forward accepting and understanding that no one will ever do it as well as you do, and no one will ever tell you that you do it better than anybody else.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Over the last several weeks, The Offing has been releasing a stream of stunning work from its 2015 Trans Issue, and the collection of transgender/non-binary voices they’ve cultivated forms one of the most powerful issues of any magazine we’ve seen this year. One story that stands out as a star among stars is Casey Plett’s “Couldn’t […]

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Do Reading Fees Exploit Writers?

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In recent years, many reputable publications have taken to charging reading fees and earlier this year, Nick Mamatas set off an Internet kerfuffle over The Offing‘s reading fee policies. The ethical quandary surrounding reading fees persist—not only are reading fees obstacles to diversity in writing, but the system is structured to ensure the continued success of […]

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Open a Door for The Offing

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The Offing is a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books dedicated to amplifying marginalized voices. It’s only been around since March, but The Offing has already published over 150 writers and artists and has a staff that is one of the most diverse in publishing. Now, The Offing is hosting its first-ever fundraiser, with hopes that […]

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Seeing (and Gazing On) Black Twitter

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In the existing ways that our fashion, speech and music are ripped from our bodies and plastered as spectacle, this otherwise radical platform becomes a tool of injustice and control. This is the shortcoming of inviting the white gaze. While many see visibility as a step toward progress, when we open our cultural products to […]

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Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins

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Rumpus blogger P.E. Garcia has a chapbook out from Awst Press. The title of the chapbook, US vs. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins, takes it’s inspiration from a court case concerning civil forfeiture in admiralty law. Tatiana Ryckman writes that Garcia’s writing, “…is magical and tragic, full of a precise whimsy that cuts—cuts deep and cuts away and cuts free. He’s a sort of […]

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The Moments in the Middle

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Paul Lisicky writes about those moments in our lives when we find ourselves in between: Some people carve X’s into the skin behind their knees after a breakup. Some curse at random strangers, or fall in love with escorts or junkies or petty criminals, people as far as possible from the loved ones they’d left. […]

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