Author: Kitten Holiday

Modern Literature is nothing more than an Anti-Intellectual Word Salad

Modern Literature is nothing more than an Anti-Intellectual Word Salad

Originally published on The Writing Cooperative.  This week, two writers in my circle were preoccupied with the same question. Why does modern literature suck? As far as I know, these two writers do not know each other. They are in similar political circles (right leaning, conservative) but different creative circles, which made the coincidence of their common interest even more...Read More
Three Reasons You Need to Listen to the Audible Version of Free Women, Free Men by Camille Paglia

Three Reasons You Need to Listen to the Audible Version of Free Women, Free Men by Camille Paglia

  I’ve been a fan of Camille Paglia since the summer of 1997 when I sat in the un-air conditioned spare bedroom of my grandmother’s house reading Sexual Personae and wondering at her bold, smart and vibrant tone. The ideas she wrote about were new to me and while I enjoyed the book in my early twenties I can’t say...Read More
The Art of Finishing Things, A Meditation on Writing and the Paintings of Lia Porto

The Art of Finishing Things, A Meditation on Writing and the Paintings of Lia Porto

There is no art in things left unfinished. There is no value in the incomplete. There is nothing meaningful in the unresolved. There are many things in the unfinished that can be admired: hope, inspiration, creativity, passion, indifference and ideas but not art. Art happens at the finish line. Art is where inspiration meets discipline, where passion meets fortitude, where...Read More
The Problem with Online Trolls

The Problem with Online Trolls

If you reach any level of success and have an online presence you are going to have to deal with trolls. Congratulations! On one hand, this is great news! This means your message is getting heard. It also means that your message is clear enough that it has inspired opposition. If the greatest challenge for any writer is to get...Read More
Questioning Feminism — The Myth of the Oppressive Patriarchy

Questioning Feminism — The Myth of the Oppressive Patriarchy

In trying to learn more about feminism I began re-reading the most prominent feminist writers that I had read in my youth. I wanted to understand how my perception of these works had changed now that my attitude toward feminism has changed. At one time, I believed feminism was a cause for improving the lives of women, fighting for equal...Read More
Book Review: The Pussy, by Delicious Tacos

Book Review: The Pussy, by Delicious Tacos

Tl:dr This book, The Pussy, is beautiful, stark and hilarious.  If you like Junky by William S. Burroughs; Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson, Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky,  thrill rides, dark humor and aren't easily offended, you should buy it and read it. What is it about. The Pussy, by Delicious Tacos is a collection of stream of consciousness diaries, short...Read More
Lady Moth

Lady Moth

Why are butterflies more beautiful than moths? With their loud colors, their sturdy wings, their pretentious stories of transformation as if that one time they changed was some grand accomplishment. The butterfly had no control over that change. It was a pregnancy, giving birth to herself. There is no talent or skill in giving birth. Your body takes over with...Read More
Nicknames, You Called Me What?

Nicknames, You Called Me What?

Nicknames belie a certain intimacy. They are gifted by someone who knows us or knew us in a way others didn’t. Then this bit of history carries on, sometimes long after the giver is gone. The name spreads to others without the history or the intimacy, giving strangers, acquaintances, new friends the impression they know you better than they do....Read More