Writer and Editor Ben Tanzer gave a nice shout out to Shut Up/Look Pretty last month on his personal blog. Listed under the heading of “This Book Will Change Your Life,” Tanzer explored the underlying message of the book more so than it’s specific content. A review like this doesn’t come around too often and the thoughtful comments provided by Tanzer read more like a call to arms than a simple positive review.
He writes, “Shut Up/Look Pretty, is saying something else, even if it isn’t saying it outright. Female indie writers are underrepresented in indie journals and magazines, but what does that mean, and how is it possible? Because they’re out there and here we may have only five of them, but take a fucking look, these writers should be everywhere, so please do get on that.”
Tanzer continues by saying, “Further, fewer published pieces by women means fewer pieces that recognize the female perspective on the things everyone writes about, relationships and work and death, all of it, but also the things women face in ways men don’t and do not grasp, violence, threat, and oppression.”
About the book specifically, Tanzer exclaims that “there is a continuity of goodness in the collection.”
Check out the full post here.