The best new thing on the internet today is this novella by Carmen Machado. I saw a draft of this story in workshop when she wrote it, and have been waiting impatiently ever since for the day when I could share my enthusiasm for it with everyone else. It’s a hypnotic and haunting look at the cultural reception of sexual violence, and structured to make reading it feel like you are on a secret Netflix binge. It’s brilliant. No familiarity with the show is required.

Read “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU” at the American Reader.