Lisa Carver

the vice reader

Marie Calloway on Her New Novel and Being Called "Jailbait"

"I wondered if I should go into his apartment." That line opens Marie Calloway's debut novel, what purpose did i serve in your life. She does go in, and the following 240 pages are what happens next. Reviews and comments about Calloway’s novel...
Lisa Carver
6.26.13
Travel

Sux by Suxwest: Suck Me Heavy, Heavy Metal

Everyone complains about SXSW, how bloated it is. You don't have to go. You can do anything. You don't have to go do some stupid, expensive thing. The organizer of Sux by Suxwest for three years now, Johnathan Cash, all he did was say yes. No matter...
Lisa Carver
3.21.13
Stuff

He’s Not Dead Yet? Life with Gene Gregorits

Gene Gregorits is the greatest, truest writer you never heard of, unless you read the news right after he cut off his earlobe and ate it. Twice. How that hurricane of a man ever managed to sit still long enough to complete eight books, including the...
Lisa Carver
1.27.13
The Hopelessness Issue

The Right to Die Is the Right to Live

One month before his 18th birthday, my son Wolf was thrilled to receive invitations from galleries in Melbourne and New York City to exhibit his paintings. The bad news is that the showings are scheduled for the summer of 2013. Wolf may not be alive...
Lisa Carver
12.17.12
Stuff

What Kids Say About Their Town

I ricocheted between my divorced parents, both of whom were gadabout grifters, so I grew up all over this country and others. It made for a lot of social anxiety in a child, but I understood that different people do things differently, and it’s all...
Lisa Carver
9.6.12
Stuff

What Kids Say - Would You Rather? (Dark Version)

This used to be my favorite parlor game to play to try to out-torture other adults on poker night. Now I'm playing it with kids, and I started off by asking if they'd rather kill one person or cut off the arms of 35. Fun times!
Lisa Carver
8.21.12
Stuff

What Kids Say - Would You Rather?

Would You Rather was my favorite parlor game where we’d to try to out-torture each other on Poker Night. It’s a Sophie’s Choice. You had to pick one. The worst I ever got is someone made me choose Would I Rather have sex with Michael Jackson or my...
Lisa Carver
8.7.12
Stuff

What Kids Say About Souls

"Mine looks sort of like me—my size and shape—but blue and clear and it smells like radishes."
Lisa Carver
7.24.12
Stuff

What Kids Say About Death

"I would like to die in the most badass way possible: fighting a shark with my fists and drowning at the same time."
Lisa Carver
7.10.12
Stuff

What Kids Say About Favorite Things

"The best thing about my favorite things is aliens, so that they might come and blow up the school."
Lisa Carver
6.26.12
Stuff

What Kids Say About Regrets

"I did evil things, but I didn’t learn anything, and I don’t regret them."
Lisa Carver
6.12.12
Stuff

What Kids Say About Money

"I have my fallback plan of being a mime-slash-prostitute."
Lisa Carver
5.29.12
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