Shelley Jackson is the author of Half Life, The Melancholy of Anatomy, hypertexts including the classic Patchwork Girl, several children's books, and "Skin," a story published in tattoos on the skin of 2095 volunteers. With artist Christine Hill she is co-founder of the Interstitial Library, Circulating Collection. Shelley Jackson lives in Brooklyn, NY.
The Presidents MouthBy Shelley Jackson
Scar tissue makes the best tongue, said the president, whose own tongue had been lashed with small whips, beaten with mallets and rubbed with steel wool by an intern until it was long, purple and hard, and could not be put away at the end of a long day, but poked stiffly out of his mouth day and night.