I used to fold paper into boats, and the story that followed had to do with sinking. – from Hot with the Bad Things
How do we witness a memory? How do we remember the things that haunt us most? How do we do it in a way that will reframe the rest of our lives – exhaust the flames. How do we lose language in a place where “everything is apocalyptic if you pant hard enough.”
Hot with the Bad Things, by Lucia LoTempio (Alice James Books) offers you a way to let your body forget. You spend a lot of life trying to stare yourself down in the mirror. You tell yourself who you are – the good, the bad. You have opinions but wonder if they are yours. LoTempio challenges you to look for a life somewhere between love, abuse, and self.
Sometimes you need to set a house on fire to wake up the world – or at least those around you. If there’s a necessary read with which to do just that, it is Hot with the Bad Things.