Short Stories 366:176 — “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Okay, before I start talking about this particular story from Her Body and Other Parties, I need to explain I've never watched Law & Order. I've never liked police procedurals to begin with, and so the spin-off, SVU, never got on my radar either. Basically, I walked into this story with that strike against me. … Continue reading Short Stories 366:176 — “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Short Stories 366:169 — “Mothers,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Okay, so basically I have a new name to champion when someone asks me for an example of the crossover between "literary" fiction (smile!) and "genre" fiction (snort!) in that snooty way that always comes with the implicit understanding there's no answer because literary means good and genre means that nonsense like science fiction or … Continue reading Short Stories 366:169 — “Mothers,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Short Stories 366:162 — “Inventory,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Oof. Reading (or, rather, listening to) this particular story was all the heavier thanks to the current world around us, but I'm getting ahead of myself. This second story from Her Body and Other Parties, falls firmly into contemporary spec-fic/sci-fi territory, and multiple times I found myself shuddering at the ease of the narrative voice … Continue reading Short Stories 366:162 — “Inventory,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Short Stories 366:155 — “The Husband Stitch,” by Carmen Maria Machado

Holy flying crap, this was incredible. Carmen Maria Machado opens Her Body and Other Parties with "The Husband Stitch," with an unnamed narrator explaining she is a storyteller, and, early on in the tale, there's a part where this young woman is exploring her sexuality without apology, clearly stating her demands, and the line—I listened … Continue reading Short Stories 366:155 — “The Husband Stitch,” by Carmen Maria Machado