Author: Wesley

Love Rupi Kaur? Hate Rupi Kaur? Either way, read some more poetry.

Whatever you think of super-famous Instagram poet Rupi Kaur, you have to admit that she is a phenomenon. Her first poetry collection, Milk and Honey, has sold 1.6 million copies–remarkable for any debut author, but unthinkable for a poet. Her second collection, called The Sun and Her Flowers, was released on October 3rd and quickly became the book that launched a thousand thinkpieces: The…

Oatmeal Obsession

The other day I was filling out an application for a flash fiction writing fellowship (it’s here, if you’re interested!) and this was the last question: Tell us one other (non-writing-related thing) about you. This could be anything–a greatest fear, an unusual hobby, a favorite song or movie, or what you had for breakfast this morning. Oh man. I had…

Kesha’s New Album is What We Need To Survive 2017

They won’t break my spirit/I won’t let them win I’ll just keep on living/ The way I want to live Kesha starts her new album Rainbow with “Bastards,” a pared down guitar-and-vocals proclamation of staying strong in the face of bastards, assholes, and mean girls. Her next song, “Let ‘Em Talk,” brings the same idea into a classic pop rock mix…

I Was Busy Thinking ‘Bout Boys

I’m obsessed with the music video for Charli XCX’s new single “Boys.” A lot has already been written about how it “flips the male gaze on its head,” and you can find plenty of unofficial rankings of the 60 boys who appear in the video, and there’s even a “Boys” Snapchat filter, but I’d recommend you’d start by seeing the magic…

Talking and Listening at Tin House

Hello rad-ish readers! I’m at a writing workshop this week and since I’m up for a Book Club post, I thought I’d write about my first few days settling in here. Thanks for reading! –Wesley Hello from Tin House Summer Workshop in Portland, Oregon! This is a weeklong writing workshop hosted at Reed College by indie publisher Tin House, featuring some crazy-good…

Book Slump

I’ve got a confession to make: I haven’t been reading. I’ve only been off the wagon for a week or so, but since I’m a firm believer in reading nearly every day (and writing nearly every day) it feels super weird to not be in a book. Also I’m a writer with a day job in publishing: I should be…

Kittens!

This might be the least artsy rad ish post ever, but my parents are fostering kittens and they are too cute!They’re the most important thing happening in my life these days (obviously) so I’m just going to let you look at them doing various kitten things. We’re also fostering the mom, so we get to watch precious domestic scenes like this… and sweet…

Five Road Trip Jams for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is coming up, and you know what that means: beer on the beach, camping trips, barbecues or backpacking. If you’re loading your cooler into your car and hitting the road, you’ll need a sweet road trip soundtrack to get you going. Here are a few songs to get your playlist started.