Cara Hoffman

Cara Hoffman is the author of the critically acclaimed novels So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You. She teaches writing and literature at Bronx Community College and lives in New York City.
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Cara Hoffman on Be Safe, I Love You

Cara Hoffman on writing female characters in the military, and finding beauty among unseemly landscapes.

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Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Philosophically? Emma Goldman

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. The Oxford English Dictionary

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Robinson from Journey to the End of the Night

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. impatience

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March 18, 2011

Derrick Jensen has produced some of the most culturally significant writing about the environment (and about the psychological environment we live in as a result of the dominant philosophy of corporations) of the past decade. His work is filled with a love and rage and hope that few of us could sustain for a week let alone a lifetime of prolific writing.

At the height of the Bush era when I was living in a falling down farm house without reliable heat or hot water, I tore through The Culture of Make Believe, Welcome to the Machine, Strangely Like War, A Language Older than Words, Listening to the Land, and... see more

March 18, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives voted recently to withhold all federal funding from Planned Parenthood for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other urgent care the organization provides for women. This month alone has seen an incredible backlash against women in this country; the attempt in congress to redefine rape, the attempt to change the word “victim” to “accuser” in rape cases, the attempt to introduce the classification of “justifiable homicide” in cases where an abortion doctor is murdered, and, without the slightest sense of irony, a proposed one billion dollar cut to Headstart.

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March 18, 2011

The recently released Vida report, tallying the disparity between men and women being published today is a sobering reminder of how much work we have ahead of us.

Today I had a chat with Alexis Santi, founder of Our Stories Literary Journal on the subject. Santi earned his MFA from George Mason and his MSW from Washington University at St. Louis. He’s edited four anthologies of fiction and interviews and his own work has appeared in a number of literary journals.

As a small press publisher what do you think about the recent Vida study which has revealed sexist publishing practices at several major magazines?
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March 18, 2011

David Mathews’ memoir Ace of Spades is the story of the author’s bleak childhood and adolescence in inner city Baltimore. A confessional, coming of age story that employs poetic language and sardonic wit to restrain and redirect the rage comprising the heart of the book.

Though published in 2007, Ace of Spades feels very much the work of another era stylistically. It also feels like the work of another era because the plot centers around Mathews, a mixed race kid, passing as white.

Ace of Spades stands out as a work of serious self-reflection and cultural analysis, a work that goes beyond the... see more

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