Hello I Want To Die Please Fix Me

“As much as I wind my mind back in time I’m unable to locate the start of a downward spiral.  And every well-meaning therapeutic discussion I’ve attempted to dredge childhood trauma proves futile and guilt-inducing.  I’ve never been subject to anything awful enough to warrant this mind-swallowing badness.  I have a supportive, loving family, had…

So You’re A Little Sad, So What?

I first heard of Alicia Tobin way back in 2012 when I was introduced to the weekly comedy podcast, Stop Podcasting Yourself.  Since then, I’ve been a loyal listener and Alicia is one of my favorite recurring guests.  When I found out that she had written a book of essays, I knew I had to…

Tomboy Survival Guide

Ivan Coyote recounts their time growing up a tomboy in Northern Canada as well as the struggle they endured – and continue to endure – surrounding their gender identity. It’s not often I’ll approach a writer eleven books deep into their catalog without beginning at the beginning but given this is more of a catch-all…

Full Throttle

Joe Hill returns with his second short story collection, Full Throttle. Of the thirteen stories included, only two of them are new and exclusive to the collection (“Late Returns” & “Mums”).  I had previously read three of the remaining eleven (“Faun”, “Thumbprint” and “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead”), which left me with 10…

The Testaments

Margaret Atwood returns to Gilead more than fifteen years after the events at the conclusion of The Handmaid’s Tale.  Broken up by three narrators, The Testaments tells of the collapse of Gilead and the events that led to its demise. When Margaret Atwood announced a sequel to her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, the collective…