Author Archives: Cathy Borders

About Cathy Borders

Writer. Book Midwife. The Republic of Letters. Waterline Writers. Omnia Vanitas Review.

The Penelopiad

I love Margaret Atwood. I open one of her books, wondering if I’m going to read it next, and then I’m on page 35. Her prose is like really expensive vodka: clear, neat, but surreptitiously powerful. I love it. Just … Continue reading

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Dora: a Headcase

Dora, Freud’s infamous and beloved hysterical mute. Dora, “the true ‘mistress’ of the Signifier.” (Cixous) Dora, feminist extraordinaire. Dora, teenage sherocket in combat boots. Given the importance of Freudianism, it’s easy to see the feminist attraction to Dora. For Hélène … Continue reading

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Other Women

I had been waiting a year to read Elizabeth Abbott’s Mistresses. In the early days of bébé, I was eyes burning, skin aching, fall asleep standing tired. Every time I opened a book, no matter how much I fought it, … Continue reading

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Raw, beautiful, and honest

The first blog post feels important, emblematic, as though it foreshadows everything to come. I thought maybe I could begin with a thesis statement of sorts, but unlike my other blog, Eidetic Traces, which is rigid and structured–a kind of … Continue reading

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