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

Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts



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.


The print edition by Future Tense Books has sold out— now available from Emily Books & as an Amazon Kindle Single.

"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


"A high-minded intellectual criticism of women as objects."

—Marc Maron, WTF with Marc Maron


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