Gabby Bess has work appearing in [PANK] Magazine, 3AM Magazine, The Scrambler, Two Serious Ladies, Thought Catalog and various other publications. She is the author of Alone with Other People
Basically my job as a writer.
Inventory #337: Alone with Other People by Gabby Bess
Since Jane could not swallow herself she attempted to do the opposite. Jane lay across the floor of her apartment and tried to make her body 1 million feet long, pushing her body into every corner and crevice, to fill up the empty space. “I am the biggest asshole starfish,” Jane thought.
A reminder that I’m reading tonight at Mellow Pages Library with Thais Benoit, Beach Sloth, Mattie Hillock, and Gabby Bess. More info here.
"In contrast to Soft Grunge, Soft Ghetto possesses a subversive quality inherent in its positioning. If Soft Grunge is a softening of grunge culture which mutes the movement’s subversive nature, Soft Ghetto is subversive in its softening of aspects of black culture that have been otherized, labeled ‘ghetto,’ and historically rendered invisible in a white-privileged society; assimilating them into spheres of white culture. My first instance of coming across the tagline CLICK HERE FOR MORE SOFT GHETTO was actually through a white Tumblr user’s blog who probably thought the image of TLC in matching pastel blue tracksuits was simply ‘cute’ or would ‘look good on her blog.’ In softening the aspects of black culture that have been deemed ‘ratchet’ or ‘ghetto’ (characteristics that are traditionally undesirable, as witnessed in the omission of them in mainstream media and culture), Soft Ghetto has been able to infiltrate the average (white) Tumblr user’s dashboard. Soft Ghetto may provide, for example, an entry point for a blogger who is looking for content for their blog that is similar to the aesthetic that Miley Cyrus has co-opted – best phrased by Urban Dictionary, “like ghetto, but softer.” Or the way I would phrase it: like ghetto, but for trendy white people."