Nothing but the Toth

Can a Woman Make a Joke?

Feb 06, 2017

TW Column by Emily Toth

Women are more apt to tell drawn-out stories, with caresses and tweaks.

Authors, Screen Time, Nothing but the Toth | Read More

Dear Kate Chopin

Oct 31, 2016

Open Letter by Emily Toth

You were so bored. You were so right.

Authors, Nothing but the Toth, Open Letters | Read More

On Teaching Vulgarity

Feb 22, 2016

TW Column by Emily Toth

Because that’s the sweet spot I’ve learned to aim for—the moment when readers snicker or make fake barfing noises.

Teaching, Nothing but the Toth | Read More

Purple Velour and Other Writing Rituals

Dec 21, 2015

TW Column by Emily Toth

If I do things just right, the terror of the empty page won’t rise up and engulf me.

Writing and Faith, Nothing but the Toth | Read More

Kate Chopin Corrupts the Young Person

Oct 12, 2015

TW Column by Emily Toth

Chopin set out to write what was then YA literature, but even her earliest stories have peculiar twists.

Authors, Nothing but the Toth, Children's Lit | Read More

You Can’t Make Me Clean

Mar 30, 2015

TW Column by Emily Toth

I don’t believe in an afterlife. I’m not worried I’ll come back as a tampon.

Media Debate, Nature, Nothing but the Toth | Read More

If Only They Had Listicles in Regency England

Jan 26, 2015

TW Column by Emily Toth

The first sentence of Pride and Prejudice works as a tweet, but not as flash.

Advice, Authors, Nothing but the Toth | Read More

Tough-Cookie Biblical Women

Dec 22, 2014

TW Column by Emily Toth

The tangled story of Sodom can test your faith in Yahweh’s leadership.

Writing and Faith, Nothing but the Toth | Read More

Would I Write “The Godfather” for Money?

Sep 22, 2014

TW Column by Emily Toth

I have no ethical problem with writing a bestseller. Like most mid-listers, I’ve certainly tried.

Money, Sex, Nothing but the Toth | Read More

What Bad Families Can Do for Writers

May 26, 2014

TW Column by Emily Toth

You do need Mom and Dad to fuck you up—or you don’t have much of a story.

Family Stories, Sex, Nothing but the Toth | Read More

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