This week at 4 Columns, the arts criticism website, M Milks has a review of Sarah Schulman’s Conflict is not Abuse. Conversation about writing at Lang is often about the place for personal writing in our arguments, and here M shows us one way to approach this question: How does my own experience offer a way in to my criticism? “About a year ago,” M writes,
I was at a queer dance party with a group of friends. A woman we didn’t know joined us on the floor, and seemed particularly attracted to my friend K. The next day, K expressed regret at not asking for her number, and I suggested they go through the invite list on Facebook to find her and ask her out.
K followed my advice and sent a friendly Facebook message saying (I paraphrase) hey, you’re supercute, want to get together sometime? In response, the woman called K a stalker, claimed K had violated the dance party’s safe-space policy, and told them never to contact her again.
K was hurt. I was sheepish: sorry, friend.
Sorry, friend. What a line! Go read the full review.