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Thoughts on An American Psycho

 

by Roxanne Fequiere

 

 

As much as I love to read, I tend to turn to film when I want to feel my emotions externalized: an extended ugly cry courtesy of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? for instance, or the quickened heartbeat that accompanies a movie like A Quiet Place. When tearing through a book, I experience my emotions almost exclusively on a cerebral level. As rapt as I am, it’s unlikely that a passerby would be able to tell whether I’m reading a family saga or a bodice-ripper.

 

 

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On the Edge of My Seat

 

by Roxanne Fequiere

 

 

The plans had been set for weeks. Thursday night, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Hardly a superfan myself, I’d agreed to attend mostly on account of Oscar Isaac’s presence in the movie. Luckily, a few of Cameron’s friends from work would be attending as well. They could geek out over the plot twists while I feasted on Sour Patch watermelon candy. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night.

 

 

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The Cult of the Authoress

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Renata Adler’s two novels—Speedboat and Pitch Dark, published in 1976 and 1983—are often referenced in tandem. After falling out of print, they were simultaneously re-released in 2013. Reviews from that year tackle the titles as a pair, often picking favorites or comparing protagonists, though it’s generally accepted that they both serve as something like a stand-in for the Adler herself. 
 

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Face Value

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

“Did you choose this one because of its cover?” my partner asked when he found me in bed, tearing through Eve Babitz’s Black Swans. I glared at him in a flash of indignation, then reconsidered. 


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Justice for Judith

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

As a sophomore in high school, longing for some money of my own and the sense of independence that comes with it, I accepted a job as a library page. My initial responsibilities included shelving book returns, sifting through donations, and shelf reading, or straightening out, the adult fiction section, all of which lent me an odd, mostly unearned familiarity with hundreds of titles and authors that I’d never actually read based on titles and cover art alone.


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Sail On, Silver Girl

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

As has become my bad habit, I waited until the weekend to settle on what title to read, leaving myself with two days to complete


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Confessions of an ‘80’s Baby

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

As we hurtle into summer and the second half of the year at an impossibly swift clip, the weather here in New York seems to be having an identity crisis of sorts. 


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Up, Up, Away, and Back Again

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

While pinballing from planet to planet and realm to realm this month, I’ve made a conscious effort to willingly suspend disbelief. After a lifetime of turning up my nose at fantastical plots, I wanted to at least give the genre a fair shake.


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Five Books in Four Weeks

 

by Linlee Allen
 

The trip to Canada was supposed to be a relatively simple five-day getaway to have my U.S. visa renewed: an interview ...


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A Wrinkle Revisted

 

by Roxanne Fequiere


Do you remember the collective frenzy we all worked ourselves into on account of the year 2000?


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The Future is Bright—Not White

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

I’ve long been puzzled by the kind of speculative fiction plot that takes a well-worn but earthly concept.


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On Strangers and Strange Lands

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Nearly everyone who offered science fiction recommendations mentioned Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness ... 


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The Time Has Come, The Wizard Said

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

I always felt as though Ms. Watson, a reedy woman with an ashen pixie cut and glasses that sat perpetually low on her nose... 

 

 

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Twyla Says

 

by Roxanne Fequiere


Not long after finishing dance luminary Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life, I took to Google, ...


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The Cult of the Splits

 

by Roxanne Fequiere


I am lying flat on my living room rug with my feet planted on the floor, a rectangular orange towel in my right hand. ...


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It's On My List

 

by Roxanne Fequiere


You know what they say about leading horses to water. I first encountered Erin Falconer’s How to Get Sh*t Done  ...


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Bachelor Dandies, Drinkers of Brandies

 

by Roxanne Fequiere


Picture it, if you will: Staten Island, 2005. My peers and I are sixteenish, and for some reason, it seems we’ve all made it ...


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How to be You and Me

by Roxanne Fequiere


Old habits die hard. It’s been just over two months since I left my corporate copywriting job, but the distinct chime of an ... 


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Friendship in the Rearview

by Roxanne Fequiere


As long as you don’t squint too hard, the 1950s still conjure a clean-cut, Norman Rockwell-style portrait in the mind’s eye, ... 


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The Other Loves of Our Lives

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

If you’re a woman, there’s a good chance that the first half of the title of Kayleen Schaefer’s Text Me When You Get Home: ... 


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Twinning at the Edge of Sanity

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

I wasn’t very far along into Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine—really, just a few pages in—when a certain ... 


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What Kind of Girl Talk Girl Are You?

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

The origin of our disagreement is now lost to me, but I can remember its denouement as if it were yesterday. Me, introverted and ... 


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What About Your Friends?

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Our Valentine’s Day plans were fairly straightforward. Whoever made it home first on the evening of February 14 would order ... 


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Maud Martha and Me (And You, Too)

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

The website said that there was one copy of Maud Martha in stock, but when I arrived at McNally Jackson last Sunday, it turned ...


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I Was There: Postcards from the Periphery

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Growing up, I spent so much time at my friend Kim’s house that it began to feel like an extension of my own. Several times a week ... 


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Other Voices, Upper Room

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

About a month ago, my old high school announced that it would close at the end of the year. Upon receiving the news, ...


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Dispatches From the Pantheon

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Have you ever seen The First Monday in May? It’s a documentary chronicling the inner workings of The Metropolitan Museum ... 


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The Black Girl Next Door: In Search of Specificity

 

by Roxanne Fequiere


As a child, Wednesdays were library days. Upon arrival at the old St. George branch of the New York Public Library,


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The Fresh Start Fallacy

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Toward the end of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, two sisters share a moment at a mental hospital—one, a visitor; the other, ...


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She For Whom Food Is Not Enough

 

by Roxanne Fequiere


For as long as I can remember, my mother was a one-woman cheer squad for all the things we might now classify as black ... 


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A Woolf in Progressive Clothing

 

by Roxanne Fequiere


To grapple with the white gaze in its various forms—insidious and clunky, violent and patronizing, dismissive and invasive ...


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Our Lady Helen of Perpetual Self-Help

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Helen Gurley Brown was wildly, fiercely, boldly ahead of her time—until she wasn’t. 


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A Bookish Year: A Fresh Start

 

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Join Roxanne on her first essay chronicling her desire to stick with a resolution this year. 


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