Usually in weeks where the news is this terrible, I don’t want to write, unless it is about that terrible news. I think this is because to write about some word I think is neat seems disrespectful , particularly to those most directly affected by the catastrophe. This week, though, there is so much terrible … More Une chanson pour ma sirène/Una canción para mi Siren[n]a
Maybe two or three weeks after Renn was born, Maria stopped by with some lactation cookies she’d made. She said: “they are full of GALACTAGOGUES!” I thought: no way is that a real word. But if it is, it means something about spaceships, so these will be exciting cookies. I was right–they were exciting cookies–and also … More Intergalactic Mamammary!
I am so curious how many people without children or experience with childbirth have any idea what the hell a placenta is or does. I certainly had no clue–I knew the term “afterbirth,” which I think I associated with novels set on the plains before statehood, as likely to feature animal births as human ones. … More And Eating It, Too
Hey, so, we totally have a baby! She’s an overwhelmingly delightful person. Her name is Sirenna Winchester Audre Norris*, and we call her Renn. I will not be posting frequent pictures on facebook, because it’s just not my way. I do TAKE like 1000 pictures a day, so what I am going to try and … More UTERus?!…I just MET us!
Hello! It’s me, still! You know, I think in the face of just the political world being complete trash, I would still have written regularly. I think in the face of just being all pregnant, I might still have written regularly. But the two combined? Please. So here we are today: The House passed their death bill, and I … More Just a Little Loof
Some of the best word adventures are those in which I discover that a word I thought I knew contains mysteries untold, or in which I find that sets of words I was certain were connected etymologically just aren’t. This has both, and it’s a word that is so everywhere I can’t even believe it’s … More 21 Weeks Full of Meaning
It’s not the case that I feel unable to do all normal things since the election, but I have experienced confusion in doing normal things that are meaningful to me, including writing. Lidia Yuknavitch said recently “Writing is just a different way to march.” I believe that. And, some writing I can do would be like … More Handing Us Over
There is so much to say, and it’s being said, so mostly I am in listening/reading (and hugging) mode right now. (Also, hiding-in-a-novel mode when I need to. May I recommend Alexander Chee’s Queen of the Night?) But I was at Facing Race this past week. It was exactly where to be. The smarts and … More Five Days On
A word I’ve been thinking a lot to myself lately is “nourish.” This surprises me, because until the beginning of the month it had been on an internal list I evidently maintain called “words that are beautiful but have ruined by Real Simple (et al).” But then I got back from arting camp and found that in the following swirl of … More Life Suckles
Slay: slaughter :: ____: laughter? It’s shit like this that made me love being a teacher of English to multilingual speakers; I felt dispositionally and linguistically well-suited to absorb their incredulity, because really: WTF. This started, as everything does nowadays, because of Beyoncé’s “Formation.” “Slay” as an alternate verb for “perform magnificently” has been around … More (S)laughter is the Best Medicine