Cannibalizing the work of Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Essay Daily, Dec. 4th, 2017
"I chaff when reviewers or blurbs call a book 'brave,' partially because it’s a cliché and partially because most writers aren’t coal miners or maquiladora workers. Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas’s writing is, I’ll say, threatening, because it stands apart in its own cold, not-naval-but-entrails-gazing edge. It does a lot of things you would honestly tell writers not to do. For instance, don’t resort to images of private parts or fecal humor. Resist excessive run-ons, wordiness, and maximalism (T.C. Boyle has written enough!). Resist concealing your “I” narrator (“readers want to know how this affected you!”). Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas seems not to hear and lets her eye and ear and nose and other organs wander on the page. Curious readers nibble along like pilot fish..."