Now available from Powell's

& 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.


"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


"The format of the book resembles a pocket-size notebook, but one would be remiss to expect loose scribbling or unfinished ideas here. Even 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.