Author Archives: Catherine Borders

About Catherine Borders

Writer. Lover. Reader. Omnia Vanitas Review.

The MaddAddam Trilogy, or how I survived my depression.

I’m reticent to publicly delve into Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy because I want to resist coming out of hiding. I’m in a period of drastic change. Change catalyzed by an admission of failure. Things aren’t going well, they haven’t been … Continue reading

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My Denial of Death

Every year, around my birthday, I freak out. Often, it’s about my failings, anxiety about my crushing ambition, but mostly, it’s about my inevitable death. My Thanatophobia is why I bury myself in books. Bound and bracketed texts comfort me. Ernest … Continue reading

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Never Smile at a Crocodile

Swamplandia! You broke my heart. I wanted to like you. Nay, I wanted to love you, but I didn’t, I couldn’t. Karen Russell’s overuse of simile was distracting, but the overall metaphor of the project fell flat. Swamplandia! is a … Continue reading

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When She Woke, cafeteria Christian feminist candy

Where to begin with Hillary Jordan’s When She Woke, a misogynistic dystopia, where criminals have their skin dyed according to their crime? Not when Hannah wakes up blood red in a Chrome Ward prison for having an abortion. Not when … Continue reading

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The Anti-Film Tarot Art Project

Last night I participated in The Tarot Nook’s Anti-Film Tarot Art Project with the mistress of ceremonies, Kelsey Lynore.This was not your average tarot reading. No mysticism. No bullshit. Kelsey begins every session by placing a ban on any and … Continue reading

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Geek Love: subverting the carnivalesque and the grotesque

In light of my forthcoming post on Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!, I’d like to reblog an older post I had written about Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love. Geek Love: subverting the carnivalesque and the grotesque I get glimpses of the horror of normalcy. … Continue reading

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The tyranny of pink.

My husband: The tyranny of pink. Pink is a kind of pre-pubescent white, white that blushes. And, as with every real princess in history, tyranny is the power that lurks behind every principle of feudal purity. We should resist it … Continue reading

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