I now feel completely alienated from my gender.
That’s what my friend Kim said after looking through the July issue of Skirt!, a magazine which is not new, but new to Atlanta. I have to agree.
On a more positive note, I just read Jenny Offill’s Last Things, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2000. It’s an addictive little book, which I flew through in two days. What’s unique about this book is the first-person eight-year-old narrator, Grace. I think there’s often a stigma against child narrators, as if the child filter will make a narrative less adult. Well, this is certainly an adult book. Many of the themes are common, but the uncommon voice puts a new spin on it, a new lens through which readers can see the world. One word: haunting.