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Hi, I'm Jami Attenberg. I write books, and much, much more. My fourth book, The Middlesteins, came out in 2012. You can order it here or here. My fifth book, Saint Mazie, will be published in June 2015.

Also I like dogs and fighting crime.

This is the fifth place to find me on the internet. Please don't tell me I need a sixth.

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  1. I got interviewed recently about the gap between men and women in literature, especially in terms of male writers getting more attention than female writers. And I talked about how I knew sexism existed, it is real. That I watched all the discussions online, that I knew all the statistics and stories. I had seen it in action. I also talked about how for a long time I was shoved in the women’s lit category, when I do not consider my work necessarily women’s lit, and by that I mean necessarily attractive to a women’s lit audience, but you know, I’m a woman, so that’s where they put me because they didn’t know what else to do with me. And I talked about how it is such a relief to not be put in a category for this book, to have just one minute to breathe and enjoy it.
  2. When I was done I felt immediately guilty for not railing more against sexism, not being more specific, but it is hard right now to bite the hand that is feeding me and even sometimes giving me a nice scratch behind the ear. When you are in the middle of a moment in time, I think you just have to get to the other side. I cannot judge what hasn’t happened yet. I hope that no judgement will be required.
  3. Doing all these interviews is stressing me the fuck out, but it’s forcing me to explore some complicated issues, so I guess it’s an important process to go through.
  4. Women are oppressed all over the world in terrible ways, but this discussion is specifically about my corner of the universe. But I just wanted to acknowledge that.
  5. My feminism is inherent. I have always considered myself a feminist, even as a young child. I remember learning about Susan B. Anthony in 1979, when I was 8 years old, because that’s when her coin was released. I am that, I remember thinking. What she was, that is me.
  6. I hope Hilary Mantel gets her own coin some day.
  7. My feminism is personal, and it is sometimes difficult to describe. I envy those who know how to explain their feminism with ease and simplicity.
  8. I am uncomfortable with the phrase “brand of feminism” because I sometimes wonder if it degrades the bigger idea of feminism, and yet I sometimes find myself using that phrase for lack of a better expression.
  9. My book is feminist because I am a feminist. I will/could never write a book that is not inherently feminist. I do not ever have to think to myself, how can I make this book feminist? It is my essence, and my work follows my essence.
  10. My writing is many other things besides feminist.
  11. I have always felt like I could accomplish anything men did. I have never felt held back, not for a second. It is only on me to write the best that I can. Whether it is taken seriously is another issue. But what I create is equal.
  12. At my 7-year-old niece’s school, the boys who are feminine and like to wear skirts are already called, with affection, “Tomgirls.”
  13. I like men. Some of my best friends are men.
  14. I would never want to receive any special attention just because I’m a woman. I only want it to be the same for everyone. It should be the same for everyone, always.
  15. And yet: I know the appearance of my book in women’s magazines is, at least in small part, because I am a woman.
  16. Women buy way more books than men do.
  17. A friend of mine recently spent some time with a group of South American writers. He told me that they discussed how the biggest issue facing American writers is the divide between genre writing and traditional literary writing, and that nowhere else in the world do they do that. These writers were appalled that the American literary scene did not take genre writing seriously. And I said, “Did they talk at all about sexism in American literature?” And he said, “No, they were mostly men, and the one woman in the group they ignored.  They said she writes about ‘nice’ things.”
  18.  Binders of women. Jesus fucking Christ.
  19. This list is a work in progress and is open to discussion. It is a long life we lead.
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    Yes, yes, yes.
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    Destaques meus porque são pensamentos que tenho tido com muita frequência.
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    I’m very much looking forward to reading The Middlesteins. Thank you for writing this list as well, Jami Attenberg.
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