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10 comments on “Pulp Fiction

  1. Ryan Vo says:

    Beautiful writing and a powerful message! I love it!

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  2. Emily says:

    “Queerness was in your pulp, but not yet in your story. Remove the pulp, you think, make yourself easier to swallow.”

    Jules, this blew me away in every possible way it could. I love how you write and how immersive this piece felt. Thank you for writing so honestly about queerness & bodies, this is definitely something I’ll continue to revisit.

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  3. “My existence is liminal”.

    Hey Jules, I have to say, this was such an amazing piece and and even more amazing experience to go through! I found myself going back to the different options and seeing where it leads. The way you told this story is just amazing, the different effects you put in significant words, the way it moves from being offered a singular choice in the beginning, to seeing more and more choices as the story progresses. It’s also great hearing a queer voice and I think you write in such a way that it’s easy to see oneself in the words that you wrote. I know I did 🙂

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  4. Stephanie Bell says:

    Jules. This is so powerful. I can feel the rage through this piece and appreciate the four-letter words that help you express it. The choose-your-adventure format works really well to help the reader feel and experience the liminalities you’re describing. The form and modality here are meaning-ful, and you’ve skillfully taken advantage of their powerful affordances.

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  5. Kate Kaul says:

    Jules, I enjoyed moving through your story, and the ways that the format shifted and interrupted, looped back the narrative. Your discussion of what children are made of, how we are our parents and not our parents, reminded me of Lesley Nneka Arimah’s New Yorker story, “Who will greet you at home?” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/26/who-will-greet-you-at-home.

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  6. Blu says:

    The journey of your story was very powerful, Jules. I too do not feel like I am even acquainted with the mirror but I learn to live with it, and learn to be what I want to be 👏

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  7. gcrone14 says:

    Jules,

    Wow, such incredible work! I absolutely LOVE interactivity in media, and this piece really brought this love home.

    I also thought quite a bit about last year’s piece. I read this piece with curiosity, and I couldn’t be happier that you’ve embraced and shared your truest, most authentic self, regardless of the reflections and the expectations.

    So stunning, so elagant. Your pulp had pulse: so much life, so much revelation, so much wonder and careful thought behind each and every word. I couldn’t help but feel immersed in your mind, immersed in your lived-in experiences as a queer person and the important lessons you’ve learned along the way.

    Thank you for sharing your mind and exploring your identity with us. I’m ecstatic to have worked with you this year! 🙂

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  8. What a powerful piece! I absolutely loved the constraints of the choices: you are forced to pick a concrete option even if you exist in the in-between space. Making this into a game was a genius decision. How did you end up deciding on the interactive medium?

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  9. hanniemarg says:

    I love how your piece took us through a journey, your journey as it made me feel as though I was right beside you. I think that your use of typography to represent certain words was brilliant because it was a great way to blend text and visuals.

    I also like how some questions took me back in the story. When the question was asked about accepting oneself, clicking “No” sent me back in the story while “Yes” sent me forward. The same was for the last question. “What they want” sent me back, and “what I want” sent me forward. Through movement, you represented what it’s like to make those choices in life. When you choose yourself and your happiness you are able to move forward in life through the liminal space. By making choices that stifle one’s light, you are taken backward and into the cycle of the liminal space. It was really wonderful how you represented that.

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  10. lorinebw says:

    Jules, your work never ceases to amaze me. The video game format is such a clever way to present this piece. Your writing is so raw and vivid, I really appreciate how much of yourself you share with us.

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