When a handsome man offers you nearly endless cupcakes, you say yes. When it’s Chuck Palahniuk offering the cupcakes…you are one lucky S.O.B. Yes? I know I am. Nicole Edson made the sweets. What a wonderful night, at the launch of The Stud Book. All love. -M
The Stud Book is a spirited group portrait, full of the messiness of life. In it Drake reminds us, earnestly and poignantly (and in echt Portland fashion), of the importance of community: whether you conceive or not, you need a mate, a family, a best friend—or better yet, a gang of them. As Drake notes on the book’s very first page, not even an earthworm—or, in her visceral prose, “a hermaphroditic sex organ burrowing through dark earth”—can go it all alone.
Read the complete review here.
Thank you, Emily Chenoweth!
I so appreciate the time and thought this careful reviewer has taken with my work. Dear to me.
I’m so grateful to be given this space, and the support. The review, on OregonLive, is here.
On the eve of the official release of The Stud Book….So happy to see this review, by Tony McMillen, for Dig Boston.
The Stud Book explores the notion that while the global imperative to procreate for the good of our species may have changed, our individual imperative to have babies has not. This is despite the mounting evidence that, at least on a global scale, due to the over abundance of our species, people and the creation of more people are less important now than ever.
Monica Drake finds a dark laugh in this but she also discovers a sort of wonderfully stubborn hope in humanity and our need to keep on trying.
Read the complete review, catch the Genesis song (really), see the gorgeous formatting, here.