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Exit West, and the New Magic of Demography

In Current by Ian Kennedy

Mohsin Hamid’s new book is right on the border of magical realism. I’m not sure which side of that border it’s on, though. You see, there is a magical element to the very-much-like-ours world Hamid creates, exactly one magical element. But, like the blur of impressionism, it actually makes for a picture much truer to experience even though it is …

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“Kiss More Boys” — An Interview With Author Rakesh Satyal

In Current, Featured, Narrative by Angelina Eimannsberger

Indulgence editor Angelina Eimannsberger had the great fortune to get an email interview with Rakesh Satyal, author of the Lambda Award winning novel “Blue Boy.” She asked him a few questions, about his wonderful new novel “No One Can Pronounce My Name” and about advice he has for fellow writers. Angelina: If you don’t mind set the scene for us– Where …

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Indulgence as Self-Work

In Current by Ian Kennedy

By Ian Kennedy One of the questions I get a lot, once people find out about Indulgence, is why we picked that name. I usually explain that my co-founder Angelina suggested it in line with her work, and that it’s focused on the subversion made possible through women’s indulgence in feminine pleasures of consumption and self-presentation. You can read more …

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Last Winter Man

In Current, Featured, Poetry by Angelina Eimannsberger

By Saronik Bosu Silliest among reasons why his death was my first unmaking, was that my grandfather was a gathered man. A man of sure things – his love: an arabesque on the tip of a nib he’d just cut for me a fresh cut nib in an everscreened world can pull that world to a stop, if only for …

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Kyoto, Rome, Cusco

In Current by indulgencezine@gmail.com

by Ian Kennedy I want to see what a city like that was like at its height When it mattered, not as cultural heritage but as a center of political power When it was where the money is I am lucky, then, to live in New York to transfer to the L train to see this mighty urban landscape and …

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Form Versus Content in Feminist Filmmaking: A Critique of Band Aid

In Current, Featured, Feminism, Intervention by indulgencezine@gmail.com

By Paula O’Donnell Zoe Lister-Jones wrote, directed, co-produced, and starred in Band Aid, a film about the general dissonance of marriage, and romantic codependency undermined by tragedy. To have a female filmmaker wearing so many hats on a movie with a theatrical release is a feminist accomplishment in form within a profoundly male-dominated industry. A 2016 study from USC’s School …

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Bucking the Patriarchy in the Most Flagrant Way Possible: Julia Serano’s new book Outspoken.

In Current, Feminism, Intervention by indulgencezine@gmail.com

By Angelina Eimannsberger Gender theorist and feminist Julia Serano is one of our biggest inspirations at Indulgence. Her first book, Whipping Girl, is a brilliant intervention in the discourse of feminism, misogyny, and femininity from the perspective of a trans woman. Alongside Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness, it is one of the most important recent manifesto-memoirs of trans women. Whipping Girl …

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Men, terrorism, and circular destruction: Karan Mahajan’s “The Association of Small Bombs”

In Current, Narrative by indulgencezine@gmail.com

By Angelina Eimannsberger Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs is a story about terrorism. Intensely located in Delhi, India, and made relatable through a cast of characters of careful interiority and great depth, it is a universal story of disenfranchisement and violence. The plot, with only minor variations, could take place anywhere in a world shaken into feverishness by …

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Access to NYC Building Emissions Data

In Current, Featured, Intervention by indulgence_old

by Ian Kennedy Remember way back two weeks ago when the United States (my homeland) disgraced itself by pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement? I’m lucky that my beloved home city of New York and my state (also New York) decided that they’d live up to our Paris obligations even without the federal government. But even with their impressive …