Falling Up


Summer is over. It’s time to switch gears, bulk up for the winter, screw our heads on a little tighter, get back in the game. And the game is already pretty intense. People are paying attention. People are not being idle. People are playing with heart. You know what I’m talking about; voices are making sure they’re heard.

When I was wondering about a headline–something autumnal, something relevant–for this posting, I looked up the etymology of the word “fall.” Then, “autumn”. Then my curiosity led me to several other words, one of them being “amaryllis”:

Amaryllis (n.)
autumn-flowering bulbs, 1794, adopted by Linnaeus from Latin, from Gk. Amaryllis, typical name of a country girl or shepherdess.

A shepherdess, a country girl, gritty and raw and unfettered; a bloom, a beacon of light, a flower that grows strong when flowers should be dying . . . I can’t think of a better way to introduce the subject of our first interview of the season, the great Lidia Yuknavitch.


This week at Freerange, editor Marie-Hélène Westgate speaks with the author/teacher/revisionist historian/feminist/editor/mother/lover/fighter about her new novel that everyone’s talking about, Dora: A Headcase, (Lidia’s “love letter to nerds, misfits, introverts, and arthearts everywhere.”)

You can read the conversation, “To Give A Girl Her Voice Back: An Interview with Lidia Yuknavitch” here.

Onward and upward.

As ever,

Mira P.
Founder & Director of Freerange Nonfiction