Voices

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‘You Used to Be a Guy?’

Here’s the short answer. No. I am not, and have never been, a “guy.” Read...
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Fat, Pretty, And Soon To Be Old: A Q&A With Kimberly Dark

Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old is a moving, funny, and startlingly frank collection of personal essays about what it means to look a certain way. Read...
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You Wrote To Whom?!

On the one hand, he kind of broke my heart, during a cold and awkward goodbye dinner at a cheap Ethiopian restaurant in Philadelphia. On the other hand, he proved to me that the unicorn combo of good looks, sense of humor, and brains really did exist in the wild and that I wasn’t crazy to keep my standards high in looking for it.

The dude in question was a doe-eyed guy I briefly dated in college, and the reason I was thinking of him was that I was smack-dab in the middle of a project I undertook years later, to write thank-you letters to people who had helped, inspired, or shaped me up to that point in my life.

I’d knocked off the easy categories of “helping” and “inspiring” people first, writing a single one-page letter every week to family members, my closest friends, teachers, mentors, favorite authors.

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Excerpts From Best Women's Erotica Volume 5

In Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 5, award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel takes readers on an outrageous journey into the world of female fantasy and desire. Read...
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Four White Horses And A Brass Band: An Excerpt

Violet McNeal ran away from her family’s rural Iowa farm in the early 1900s and fell under the spell of conman and patent medicine “doctor” Will Archimbauld who hooked her on opium and promises of fame and fortune. Read...
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You Aren’t Always Entitled To Be Heard, Actually

It’s time to shut up and listen. Read...
Helen behind the bar at the Sunflower Inn.

Good Time Party Girl: An Excerpt

This long-lost autobiography of a woman who lived life with no regrets from the 1880s to the 1960s offers a rare look into the colorful criminal underworld from New York to San Francisco. Read...
Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want To Come: A Q&A With Jessica Pan

What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? Read...