Literary Nonfiction. "With WITE OUT, Linda Norton breaks fresh ground as an autobiographical poememoirist. Combining an exploration of her familial roots, an interrogation and critique of whiteness as lived experience, a diaristic account of relationships in all their complexity, and a personal, social, and cultural history of certain precincts in American poetry's late 20th-century avant-garde, WITE OUT is a masterpiece."--John Keene
"WITE OUT is a gorgeous book. Its spare, crystal-clear, non-confessional prose highlights feminine honesty rather than masculine concealment and makes you both sad and glad to be human. A memoir about a single working mother coping in a rough world she sees all too clearly, this is a courageous book about a courageous life; I couldn't put it down."--Norman Fischer
"Reading WITE OUT also made me wonder where that missing letter went? What did it stand for and what was crouching in the lean-to of its variously broken loop? Horror? Responsibility? It's just that how to take responsibility for horror has always seemed impossible because it means approaching the mass that assures annihilation. Whiteness is a black hole in this regard, but Linda Norton braves its event horizon, its point of no return, giving us leave to let go absolution to abolish, and fray the singularity to survive into some other dance we've been dancing, but denying, all along. In the proliferation of such release, we might hold on."--Fred Moten
About the Author
Linda Norton is the author of a chapbook, Hesitation Kit (Etherdome Press, 2007). Her collages have appeared on the covers of books by Claudia Rankine, Julie Carr, and Stacy Szymaszek, and are featured at Counterpath Press Online. Landscaping for Privacy, her collaboration with composer Eve Beglarian, is available on iTunes. Norton is a senior editor at The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.