Human Parts
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Human Parts

This Is Us

Starving Myself Straight

Coming to terms with my sexual anorexia

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In her 2000 novel Aliens and Anorexia, Chris Kraus writes that it’s “impossible to conceive a female life that might extend outside itself.” That is, we expect women to be insular, private, shrinking. Kraus is writing about philosopher Simone Weil, who starved herself to death at 34, the age I am now.

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anna dorn

anna dorn

vagablonde (unnamed press, may 2020); bad lawyer (hachette books, spring 2021)