Tag Archives: Snark Zone

issue after issue after issue

The solutions are obvious. Stop making excuses. Stop saying women run publishing. Stop justifying the lack of parity in prominent publications that have the resources to address gender inequity. Stop parroting the weak notion that you’re simply publishing the best writing, regardless. There is ample evidence of the excellence of women writers. Publish more women writers. If women aren’t submitting to your publication or press, ask yourself why, deal with the answers even if those answers make you uncomfortable, and then reach out to women writers. If women don’t respond to your solicitations, go find other women. Keep doing that, issue after issue after issue. Read more widely. Create more inclusive measures of excellence. Ensure that books by men and women are being reviewed in equal numbers. Nominate more deserving women for the important awards. Deal with your resentment. Deal with your biases. Vigorously resist the urge to dismiss the gender problem. Make the effort and make the effort and make the effort until you no longer need to, until we don’t need to keep having this conversation.

—Roxane Gay,
from “Beyond the Measure of Men”
in Bad Feminist (171-172)

Baker & I collabbed on an Absolute Blank article: Tales From the Inbox: Baker & Beaver Discuss First Reading. That was fun. Oh, I also wrote this one: What Sets You Apart: On Valuing Your Own Experience. (That one practically killed me tbh. Writing! *shakes fist*)

Did I mention TC’s new issue? Probably not. I’ve been a flake lately. I wrote another SZ for it: Speak Your Truth. Need to poke one of the other editors to write something next issue; it’s turning into Beaver’s soapbox.


So right! March issue of TC is up.

Actually, it’s been up since Saturday, but as you know, Bob, there tends to be a bit of a lag around here.

This is issue 13:1 of Toasted Cheese (pause for gasps), March 2013.

I have a review of Janet Mullany’s The Rules of Gentility and another Snark Zone: “Unqualified Praise Only, Please” (couldn’t believe that hadn’t been scooped as a title yet!) in it.


TC is looking for submissions of reviews. See here for details.

If a new issue goes up and no one says anything, did anyone read it?

The December 2012 issue of Toasted Cheese is up for your reading pleasure.

I have a couple things in it here and here. Didn’t plan on that, but everyone else was busy, so you get a double dose of me. Think of it like extra sriracha on your eggs, if you’re into that sort of thing.


It’s time to start scheduling for 2013, so if you’re interested in writing an article for Absolute Blank or a review for Candle-Ends, do let me know.