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Rebecca Brill

Writer

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Rebecca Brill is an MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at the University of Minnesota.

Portfolio
Literary Hub
05/23/2019
What Happens When You Pose as Susan Sontag on Twitter?

"One of the main (social) functions of a journal or diary is precisely to be read furtively by other people," Susan Sontag once wrote, appropriately, in her journal. But it's hard to imagine that she could have predicted a future in which almost 15,000 people read her journal daily.

Broadly
04/17/2019
Making an Appearance at a Conference for Ugly People

Last November, when you Googled the phrase "ugly Black woman," Vanessa Rochelle Lewis's photograph was the second to come up. "Which I'm offended by," says Lewis, a Bay Area-based artist and writer, "since I'm an Aries and I like to be number one in everything."

The Paris Review
03/14/2019
The World Association of Ugly People

In order to become a member of the World Association of Ugly People, you need to be assessed. In the clubhouse of the Association, known by locals as Club dei Brutti, the president, a stocky man named Gianni with a lopsided goatee, produces a card featuring the official Club dei Brutti ugliness rating system: non definita (undefined), insufficiente (insufficient), mediocre, buona (good), ottima (great), straordinaria (extraordinary).

Lilith Magazine
Holocaust Games at Summer Camp

Julie Klausner and Natasha Lyonne are mere seconds into their podcast “How Was Your Week?” interview and already they’re on the Holocaust. It starts when Klausner, a comedian and the podcast’s host, compliments Lyonne on her ring. “I am transfixed,” Klausner gushes. “Is there an eye? ’Cause it looks like the evil eye from here.” Like my mother and late grandmother muttering “kinayn hora” under their breaths at the Shabbos table, Klausner, a Holocaust Girl, can’t help but bring up the evil...

ENTROPY
02/22/2017
Grocery Shopping with Mary McCarthy

Summer evenings when no one is home, I make a point of eating pungent things. Sprawled on my bed, I eat stinky cheese, garlicky crackers, spicy mustard, and anchovies off a paper plate. I drink wine out of a plastic cup. Hannah Arendt has just been widowed.

WesScholar
Holocaust Girls

This thesis, a work of creative nonfiction, explores Holocaust Girls, a category of (mostly) women who appropriate the imagery and rhetoric of the Holocaust to discuss personal issues and who joke about the Holocaust. This project also examines the role of the Holocaust and the complexities of its memorialization in my Orthodox Jewish upbringing.

Literary Hub
06/26/2015
The Evolution of the Great Gay Novel

The Atlantic recently pronounced Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life, which was released in March, the Great Gay Novel. Writer Garth Greenwell called the book, which follows four men (three of them not straight) over three decades of friendship, "the most ambitious chronicle of the social and emotional lives of gay men to have emerged for many years."

Literary Hub
08/18/2015
Lolita: From Transgressive Lit to Pop Iconography

In the summer of 1948, Vladimir Nabokov started writing during one of his annual butterfly collecting trips (yes, really). 60 years later, Katy Perry belted the lyric, "I studied Lolita religiously," in the eponymous song of her second album, One of the Boys, the cover of which features Perry sprawled out on a lawn in a sunhat and retro bikini top-a reference to a scene in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film adaptation of the novel.