Originally published by Future Tense Books,

now available from Emily Books & as an Amazon Kindle Single.


Pity the Animal, a chapbook-length essay by Chelsea Hodson, explores the concept of human submission and commodification by way of window displays, wild animals, performance art, and sugar daddy dating websites. How much can a body endure? Almost everything.


"Bracingly good—wild and chiseled, both. Hodson’s bold experiments and assertions feel refreshing and welcome."

Maggie Nelson, author of Bluets and The Argonauts


"One of the best literary works I’ve encountered this year... immeasurably powerful... and hits harder than many works ten times its length."

—Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"Pointed, scathing, and suspenseful. This critical yet intimate essay is not to be missed."

—Miriam W. Karraker, Bitch Magazine

"As the essay jumps from scene to scene, Hodson exercises a mastery of form and movement, tackling stories that are darkly funny and deeply personal."

—Kevin Nguyen, Grantland

Trailer for Pity the Animal. Music: "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, performed by Chelsea Hodson.