Her Body and Other Parties - WikipediaYet her protagonists—almost uniformly women, and as often as not queer women—are tormented less by the spooks of horror texts than by something perhaps scarier still: abuse. Her women rarely get to rest; they are haunted, hunted. Yet for all this, they also find and fight for moments of love and sexual fulfillment. In these stories, harassment becomes haunting, and haunting, harassment. The body can become a party—a designation bereft of any individuality—but it can also be a festival site, a place where we invite others for frenzied, even orgiastic, interpersonal joy.
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Posted by Mondyboy Nov 4, Book Reviews 0. I pre-ordered the collection in February… or was it March… anyway the moment it was available and have waited patiently ever since. But for all the love and adoration the most important question has not been answered. The Husband Stitch is a corker of a story to open the collection… maybe too good. Underpinning all this is a strong erotic flavour, linking the mystery of the ribbon to sexual desire and the taboo. A smart, luscious piece of writing.
So I looked up the little capsule descriptions of the episodes, and I was trying to manipulate them to make them surreal, but it was too restrictive. Then I realized that all the titles are one-word titles. And what if I just use the titles? I put only the titles all in a row, and then just started writing and imagining Benson and Stabler. Novelist Kathleen Rooney , writing in The Chicago Tribune , wrote, "In her twistedly original and thrilling debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties , Carmen Maria Machado blends both the terrifying and the horrible into a psychologically realistic and darkly comic mixture. An NPR review also compared her to Angela Carter , and concluded, "Machado seems to answer: The world makes madwomen, and the least you can do is make sure the attic is your own. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
One girl. We lay down next to each other on the musty rug in her basement. Her parents were upstairs; we told them we were watching Jurassic Park. I pulled up my shirt, she pulled up hers, and we just stared at each other. My heart fluttered below my belly button, but I worried about daddy longlegs and her parents finding us. I still have never seen Jurassic Park. I suppose I never will.
She has been decapitated twice, had her right arm sawed off once and been smeared with paint too many times to count. There might be no better illustration of the lasting, unsettling power of fairy tales. Despite efforts to sanitize them or give them a feminist slant, a whiff of something disreputable lingers, something slightly kinky. A wife struggles to keep her husband from untying the mysterious ribbon she wears around her neck. The victim of a violent assault discovers she can hear the thoughts of the actors in porn films. Two women make a baby together — or do they?
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