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Nobody Passes

 Author: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore  Category: Lammy Finalist, Social Science  Publisher: Seal Press  Published: November 27, 2006  ISBN: 1580051847  Pages: 364  Language: English

“Nobody Passes” is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms. “Nobody Passes” explores and critiques the various systems of power seen (or not seen) in the act of “passing.” In a pass-fail situation, standards for acceptance may vary, but somebody always gets trampled on. This anthology seeks to eliminate the pressure to pass and thereby unearth the delicious and devastating opportunities for transformation that might create. Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore, has a history of editing anthologies based on brazen nonconformity and gender defiance. Mattilda sets out to ask the question, “What lies are people forced to tell in order to gain acceptance as ‘real’.” The answers are as varied as the life experiences of the writers who tackle this urgent and essential topic.

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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Sycamore is the author of three novels and three nonfiction titles, and the editor of six nonfiction anthologies. Mattilda lives in Seattle, Washington. Author Website

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