The Beautiful Anthology

The Beautiful Anthology

by Elizabeth Collins (Editor)


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The Beautiful Anthology by Elizabeth Collins

What is beauty? Why do women usually think they are not beautiful, and what do women (and men) find truly beautiful in life? These important questions are answered in THE BEAUTIFUL ANTHOLOGY: Essays, Poems & Art, the new book from the acclaimed literary site The Nervous Breakdown (TNB Books). The answers will surprise you, shock you, amuse you, and make you think. Contributors to THE BEAUTIFUL ANTHOLOGY include best-selling authors Jessica Anya Blau, Melissa Febos, Robin Antalek, Greg Olear, and many more, for an eclectic, international combination of established and emerging writers and artists all riffing entertainingly on the theme of beauty. Declared a “stunning, unforgettable collection” by author Diana Spechler (Who By Fire and Skinny), this groundbreaking anthology is not to be missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982859841
Publisher: The Nervous Breakdown LLC
Publication date: 06/09/2012
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by the editor 11

The Beautiful / essay Victoria Patterson 15

Inked / essay Robin Antalek 19

Pai Foot / essay Zoe Zolbrod 27

The Other Papa / essay M.J. Fievre 39

Upland Fall / poem Stephen Walter 47

The Line Waver / essay Greg Olear 51

Beheld, Beholden / story Elizabeth Collins 61

Spinning / essay J.E. Fishman 73

Blemished / essay Angela Tung 81

See Ya Later, Big Nose / essay Jessica Anya Blau 91

The Quiet Light / essay Quenby Moone 97

Fin / essay Steve Sparshott 103

Black Paint / essay Lance Reynald 107

What You See / story Gina Frangello 115

Summate / poem Judy Prince 139

21st Century Beauty in Poetry / essay Uche Ogbuji 141

Meditation in Middle Age / poem Catherine Tufariello 163

Milkweed and Metamorphosis / essay Ronlyn Domingue 165

Belly Up / essay Stephanie St. John 175

No Animals or Insects Were Tortured or Killed in the Making of This Poem / poem Rich Ferguson 181

The Form within the Stone / essay Matthew Baldwin 185

Crazy Beautiful / essay Melissa Febos 193

Pretty Is as Pretty Does / essay Marni Grossman 201

The Politics of Beauty / essay Nora Burkey 207

Change for a Ten / essay Rachel Pollon 221

From The Venus de Milo to Porno Mags: The Evolution of Beauty, & Vice Versa / essay James D. Irwin 229

Truth and Booty / story Tyler Stoddard Smith 237

Image Credits 247

Contributors 249

Acknowledgments 259

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many interesting essays! The book covers everything from the beauty of a perfect tennis shot to the beauty of death to one woman's battle with her big nose. Read it!
RachPo More than 1 year ago
I have a piece in this book, so, you know, my views might be tainted/favor the stellar. What do you want me to say? This book rocks and you should buy it. I want to liken it to a box of See's Candy. A box full of sweet and tasty variety. You might be partial to a certain type -- dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chewy, truffle. Your favorite might be the Bordeaux (my favorite -- please store this info for future gifts/bribes) or tend to go for the nutty. But sometimes you bite into something you aren't familiar with and think, "That was delicious -- what was it? Can I get a box of just those for Valentine's Day?" My point is, you might be an avid romance novel enthusiast but then open this book and end up delighted by an essay about tennis. Or maybe you can't get enough of Scotchmallows/poetry but end up enjoying a piece about cold sores. You see what I'm saying? Open mindedness = deliciousness. I hope you enjoy this book. I hope you read a few too many essays in one sitting, feel a little stuffed, then crave some more the next day and pace yourself knowing there's so much more to look forward to. Let me know if you get it and what you think. Bon appetite!