Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old (AK Press) is a moving, funny, and startlingly frank collection of personal essays about what it means to look a certain way. Or rather, certain ways. Navigating Kimberly Dark’s experience of being fat since childhood—as well as queer, white-privileged, a gender-conforming “girl with a pretty face,” active then disabled, and inevitably aging—each piece blends storytelling and social analysis to deftly coax readers into a deeper understanding of how appearance privilege (and stigma) function in everyday life and how the architecture of this social world constrains us. At the same time, she provides a blueprint for how each of us can build a more just social world, one interaction at a time. A writer, professor and raconteur, she is also a performance artist who has performed for a wide range of audiences in various countries over the past two decades.
"Sexy and often fearless and real. A book that asks me to think about my body, which means she's using her personal narrative to rove into larger, deeper conclusions that teach me something ... Beautiful and powerful work. Kimberly Dark is hilarious and heart breaking." —Terese Mailhot, NYT bestselling author of Heartberries.
“Nothing is more brilliant and juicy to me than a woman stepping fully into her self—mind, body, and spirit, full throttle, without apology. . . . Kimberly Dark has been illuminating the path for a long time. This book is a triumph. This book is a jailbreak from cultural inscriptions meant to keep us locked up, shut up, and conforming.” —Lidia Yuknavitch.
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