Features : The Banal & the Profane

The Banal and the Profane: Frederick Smith

“Writing a book takes time and money. I’d like consumers—whether they’re friends, family or otherwise—to treat writers with the same respect as other workers and artists who produce a product.”… read more

The Banal and the Profane: Sybil Lamb

“I was on the road for two months circumnavigating North Amerika and doing book readings every night and spending the royalty money on junk food, alcohol, and lingerie.”… read more

The Banal and the Profane: Megan Milks

“I’m currently living in a small town in central Illinois, finishing up the second year of a visiting teaching gig at a small liberal arts college. I moved here from Chicago, where I had everyday access to queer community. Things are much different now.”… read more

The Banal and the Profane: Imogen Binnie

“When I was younger I read a lot of books about how to write–or more specifically How to Be A Writer– and they were so, so bad for me. I think they set me back like ten or fifteen years as a writer; I didn’t need to find my creativity, I just needed to quit romanticizing and write.”… read more

The Banal and the Profane: A. Naomi Jackson

“After hanging out last night, I struggle to rouse myself from bed at the appointed 8 o’clock hour. Susan Sontag said something about this being the latest possible moment she should wake up in order to have a productive writing day. But then again, she also had her son stand by her typewriter and change her ashtrays while she typed and chain-smoked. I’m not going to have children because they cost too much, but I think that if I did have some, they should earn their keep by doing useful things.”… read more

The Banal and the Profane: Phillip B. Williams

“There is a certain level of exhaustion moving from city to city and experiencing the same challenges. It’s as though all of our cities are becoming monolithic representations of so many systematic ills, becoming indistinguishable from each other.”

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The Banal and the Profane: Paige Braddock

“My job is to oversee the review of licensed products featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang, and to do some inking for various special projects.”

This month’s “Banal and Profane” column gets a illustrated makeover from artist and writer Paige Braddock…. read more

The Banal and the Profane: Tommy Pico

“[…]if you want to develop a real relationship in the city, I think it’s important to be in the path of that person, regularly, as a matter of course. You have to share a place—a neighborhood, or work or school or a commute or a coffee shop or a bar or scene. Something so the artifice of dating doesn’t overwhelm the function.”

This month’s “Banal and Profane” column comes to us from writer Tommy Pico.
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