Elissa Bassist edits the "Funny Women" column on The Rumpus. Visit elissabassist.com or @ElissaBassist for literary, feminist, and personal criticism.
Not Suffer the Suffering Artist: Elissa Bassist Interviews Michelle Orange
When asked to create “a sort of personal crest — a motto accompanied by a representative sketch,” she drew “a gothic tableau of laid out in a coffin. eneath it inscribed the Dean mantra: Live fast, die young, have a beautiful corpse.”...