Author Archives: Catherine Borders

About Catherine Borders

Writer. Lover. Reader. The Republic of Letters. Omnia Vanitas Review. Waterline Writers.

On Obama’s strange comments yesterday…

Let’s deconstruct what Obama said about the Caliphate…

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Amina Cain’s Creature is very much alive

Myself, alone, in my bed, is a story. Creature is a quiet place. It’s deliberate, clean, and deeply personal. Delicate too, and therefore deceptively strong. I imagine Amina Cain staring at a block of marble until the story takes shape. … Continue reading

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Fuck The Virgin Suicides

Seriously, fuck this persistent trope of glorifying and preserving the innocent, pretty girl victim, and especially fuck the cultural obsession with “virginity.” Virginity is a social construct. It is impossible to define without making it glaringly obvious that its perimeters … Continue reading

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The Crone inside Howl’s Moving Castle

Virgin. Mother. Crone. The life cycle of a woman according to her lady bits. In Lynne Masland’s “The crone: emerging voice in a feminine symbolic discourse”, the crone is “an alternative symbolic discourse that permits women’s voices to be ‘heard.’” … Continue reading

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m, a poetic reading on the text between Beckett’s L’Innomable and The Unnamable

This book blog post is not about Beckett at all… The inimitable Lily Robert-Foley, best friend extraordinaire, wrote a book, m, that, while a text in and of itself, is more of a transmission: the revelation of, or commentary on … Continue reading

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Bion and Beckett

In preparation for reading my Lily Robert-Foley’s m –– which is a poetic translation project focusing on the third text between Beckett’s autotranslations of his trilogy –– I’m reblogging an old Beckett post I had once written on the slipperiness, … Continue reading

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Feminism and The Ten Year Nap

Meg Wolitzer wrote an acclaimed, lauded, best-seller, The Ten Year Nap, which, in a nutshell, delivers what it promises. (Haha.) Her characters are all stay-at-home moms who were once promising in their careers but left them for one reason or … Continue reading

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