Trump is our fault too by Elizabeth Brico

The Liberal Problem That Got Trump Elected

  We need to talk about this. Through the president’s Twitter account, nuclear war with North Korea has become a credible threat. Millions are in danger of losing healthcare benefits. Refugees—people very much like my own family when my mother moved here—are being treated like criminals. Our president just derisively called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” in front of Native American veterans.  He is such a dangerous figure in today’s politics that even mental health professionals have broken their creed of silence to discuss his dangerous imbalance. We need to address how we helped put him there.

Broken Mirror by Elizabeth Brico

Broken Mirror

Patricia’s body felt like it was sinking downward.  As though gravity had been turned up against her.  Her breath was short, trapped in her chest, and she felt poisoned by the paranoid, impossible certainty that the walls were clutching at her.  Patricia had always been the level-headed one.  Not prone to over-worrying like her own mother, or to whimsical imaginings like her husband and children.  But now…now she was half-crazy with thoughts of plummeting through the earth or being consumed by the sky.  It was humiliating. She crossed her legs, very tightly, and passed a hand over her face. “I can’t do this,” she sighed. “You can’t do what?” asked Amy. “I just…I don’t…I don’t have the words.” “That’s okay.  Wait for them.” Amy’s voice […]

Elizabeth Brico on grammar and flexibility

Is Your Obsession With Grammar Hurting Your Writing?

First, a disclaimer. It is absolutely necessary to understand the basic tenets of grammar for the language in which you plan to write. I’m not saying you need to be able to teach it to other people…Hell, I’m not even sure that I could walk into a class right this second and competently teach grammar to other people. You do, however, need to know what you’re doing. Basic mistakes, like the infamous your/you’re or their/there/they’re errors, can really screw up what may otherwise be a decent piece of writing. If I read an improper “there,” I mentally file that story as “not very good.” After that, you pretty much need to be writing on the level of Ken Kesey in order to redeem yourself. If […]