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Three reactions/attitudes to things you don’t like, as illustrated with chocolate:

  • Normal: I don’t like chocolate. I’m going to not eat any. You can have my share if you like.
  • Unreasonable: I don’t like chocolate. Chocolate shouldn’t be available for sale or anywhere around me. I’m going to be as negative as I can to try and get others to stop liking it.
  • Hater: I don’t like chocolate. How dare you eat chocolate in my presence and enjoy it, chocolate should be banned, it’s evil, you should hate it, and now I’m eating chocolate and feeling bad about it I hope you’re proud of yourself you bastard

Three reactions/attitudes to things that bother you, as illustrated with lactose intolerance:

  • Normal: I’m allergic to lactose. I’m going to avoid dairy products from now on. I bought some milk, but I can’t have it, do you want it?
  • Unreasonable: I’m allergic to lactose. Lactose sucks. They shouldn’t make or sell things with lactose in them. I’m going to be negative about it to try and ruin it for others too.
  • Hater: I’m allergic to lactose. How dare you drink milk around me, it’s offensive, dairy products should be outlawed, you shouldn’t enjoy things like ice cream, it’s bad for you, ugh I ate some yoghurt and now my stomach hurts, I hope your happy, this is everyone’s fault but my own

also known as if you don’t like something or it seriously bothers you, then the reasonable mature thing to do is to stop consuming it, not go on a mission to stop everyone else from consuming it or prevent it being available for consumption.

Careful Enough

or, The Mpreg Coliver AU absolutely no one asked for.

Oliver woke up to the sound of vomiting.

Not his, thankfully. But he rubbed the sleep out of his eyes, put on his glasses, and went into the bathroom. Connor kneeled, hunched over the toilet, no longer puking but looking miserable.

“Are you sick?” Oliver asked, creeping closer. He rubbed his boyfriend’s back gently. “You sound sick.”

“I feel like crap,” Connor groaned.

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Q & A with Xochiquetzal Candelaria

 Xochiquetzal Candelaria was raised in San Juan Bautista, California and holds degrees from UC Berkeley and New York University. Her work has appeared in The Nation, New England Review, Gulf CoastSeneca Review and other magazines. Her book, Empire, was published by University of Arizona Press. She was the winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently working on a second collection of poetry.

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First poems you read or loved:

Loved: “Reading Plato” by Jorie Graham

Favorite poems or book of poems:

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land by Aimé Césaire

What was the last book of poems you read:

Broken World by Joseph Lease

Your favorite motto / quote:

“I was not prepared for so much grace, the catapulting music of surprise that makes me hide away my face” by June Jordan

Your favorite occupation / hobby:

I love teaching and being taught; the process of discovery is endlessly fascinating to me. 

Your idea of happiness:

People working together with tenderness to solve complex problems.

Your idea of misery:

Neglecting children

Your favorite virtue:

Balance! 

What you appreciate the most in your friends:

They are very smart, curious and willing to grow and make change.

Your favorite prose authors:

Hélène Cixous, W.G. Sebald, José de Sousa Saramago, and Toni Morrison.

Your favorite artist or musician:

Andrea Mantegna

The natural talent you would most like to have:

I wish I could sing!!

What is your present state of mind:

Calm

What can’t you tolerate:

I have trouble with how governments seem to neglect the rights of women and children.

What is your favorite food or drink:

Ginger tea with honey, and coffee.

What is your least favorite word:

Negative Externality

What is your favorite word:

Love


—questions answered January 3, 2014

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