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The books and zines that affected this issue's contributors.

Rasheedah Phillips
The African Unconscious, Edward Bruce Bynum
Mastered by the Clock, Mark M. Smith
Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice Vol 1
Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Between by Tananarive Due
On Divination and Synchronicity, Marie-Luise Franz
Metamagical Themas and I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadr
Meridian, by Alice Walker

Caithlin De Marrrais
"Your ___ Year Old, by Louise Bates Ames has been a wonderful resource for me! Especially when I was a first time parent. Gentle reassurance that generally what you're seeing in your child is normal behavior. I like that it's a little older, maybe slightly dated, but from a perspective of not wanting to constantly pathologize normal childhood behavior. My mom was an early childhood behavioral psychologist and she recommended these books to me. Also, @breastfeedingart on Instagram."

Meredith Stern
"I have been collecting articles for when Fox is older... and here are the two that i am banking for later: Mother's Day Action Toolkit and The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent Ages 1-21."

Skribbly LaCroix
"Lev Grossman's the Magicians. There are three books. Recently picked up Salvador Dali's autobiography for the umpteenth time. Scott Lynch series - first time author that wrote the Lies of Lock Lamora. (Three books.) And last but not least, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. I really really don't fool with parenting reading materials."

Sean McGuiness
Getting the love you want, by Harville Hendrix, Phd
The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield

Violet LeVoit
"When I was at home, shell-shocked and recovering from a surprise C-section after 90 hours of labor, the best book I read for myself was Neil Steinberg's Complete and Utter Failure. It's a cultural history of failure: what it means, who's done it, why and where it happens. He goes to a museum of failed consumer products (Colgate brand frozen dinners, an instant tea beverage called Tea Whiz), writes a history of everyone who died trying to climb Mount Everest, attends a national spelling bee and watches lots and lots of children fail, and writes about his own failures. It's funny, brilliant, and profound, and it was the first thing that punctured through my shame and depression about not having a baby the "normal" way. When you are a parent, and an artist, you will fail -- not because you are bad, but because failure is part of life. Make peace with it, laugh at it, and get ready for it -- you will still be ok."

Heather Gabel
"I've never really read anything about parenting that stuck with me. The most memorable thing I recall being interested in was a quote from Diane Arbus talking about how when her kids are on the jungle gym, she just looks away, not because she doesn't care that they might get hurt but because she knows they will eventually and she can't watch . . . It really resonated with me and has been a sort of stronghold in my parenting ethos. I know I can't protect her from life and all it's brutal truths or physical injuries and I believe that letting her experience things for herself is the best teacher. I have read biographies of some of my favorite women artists and the ones who did have children seem to be pretty uninvolved with their children, sometimes to the point of debatable neglect, like Tamara DeLempicka, and then those who didn't have children, Hannah Hoch for example, challenged the idea that they weren't allowed or didn't belong in a male dominated circle/movement and forged ahead with their work. This quote from Marina Abramavic in response to why she never had children (which is a really stupid basic question that I find annoying as a woman artist, like, you have a vagina why aren't you using it to procreate?) is something that I rail against though, the idea that you can't be both a mother and an artist, that by exerting energy on anything else but your art you are somehow compromising it. I am personally much more driven since having a child. 'I never wanted to ... I never had the biological clock running like other women. I always wanted to be an artist and I knew that I could not divide this energy into anything else. Looking back, I think it was the right decision.'"

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