INDELIBLE IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS: WRITINGS FROM THE ME TOO MOVEMENT
“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter,” said Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford when she testified to congress in September 2018 about the men who victimized her. A year earlier, in October 2017, the hashtag #MeToo shone a light on the internalized, normalized sexual harassment and abuse that’d been ubiquitous for women for generations.
Among the first books to emerge from the #MeToo movement, Indelible in the Hippocampus is a truly intersectional collection of essays, fiction, and poetry. These original texts sound the voices of black, Latinx, Asian, queer, and trans writers, to name but a few, and says “me too” 23 times. Whether reflecting on their teenage selves or their modern-day workplaces, each contributor approaches the subject with unforgettable authenticity and strength. Together these pieces create a portrait of cultural sea-change, offering the reader a deeper understanding of this complex, galvanizing pivot in contemporary consciousness.
Featuring in order of appearance: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Melissa Febos, Syreeta McFadden, Rebecca Schiff, Diana Spechler, Hossannah Asuncion, Nelly Reifler, Courtney Zoffness, Quito Ziegler, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Jolie Holland, Lynn Melnick, Caitlin Delohery, Caitlin Donohue, Gabrielle Bellot, Karissa Chen, Elissa Schappell, Samantha Hunt, Honor Moore, Donika Kelly, Paisley Rekdal, Hafizah Geter, and Shelly Oria.
Praise for Indelible in the Hippocampus
“Indelible in the Hippocampus will stay with you, long after you’ve closed its cover.”
—Bustle Magazine, Six Books That Contextualize Harvey Weinstein’s Monumental Guilty Verdict
“Bracing and urgent… the writers offer a sense of communal feeling, bravery, and triumph.”
“This book is a proper danger to patriarchal silencing.”
“This anthology does so much to humanize, again, the stories that have emerged from the #MeToo Movement, already much dismissed and pushed off to the margins. And while that would be enough, it is more than that. There are many beloved writers here, in discussions of the movements that led to this moment, the ways in which too many of us have struggled alone with what happened to us, the legacy of the culture that created these assaults, and inspiration for taking action on restorative justice. This is a book for those losing heart, those already fighting, and those just finding their voice. Which means give it to everyone.”
— Alexander Chee
“This book is like a tinderbox in my hand, ready to start a fire.”
— Jami Attenberg
“Indelible in the Hippocampus is a vital act of witnessing, a fortification for the body and the sprit, a reckoning with violences that belong to both the present and the past. ‘Speaking lights a candle in a room inside us,” Gabrielle Bellot writes. This is a book that is going to light so many candles, in so many rooms.”
— Laura van den Berg
“At once illuminating and poignant, these writings both shatter and heal.”
—Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, The Women’s March Director of Community Engagement
“Indelible in the Hippocampus is one of the most profound and moving books I’ve read in quite some time. Personal, political, and artfully written essays, poems and fiction. Raw in its honesty and fearless with its insights. This book read as a revelation to me, and I was grateful for it. It should be read by anyone, everyone.”
“This anthology functions as an empowered testament and treatise, a book for anyone interested in social justice….belongs on campuses and in community conversations…Not just candid and clear revelations of abuse, but powerful demands for justice.”
—Kirkus, starred review