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

Maggie Nelson


"A cult classic."

Dazed & Confused Magazine


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.

"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.