• Evelyn Saenz

I’ll tell you what: this fucking Writer’s Diet website, which was linked to in a recent New York Times blog post about “zombie nouns,” adjectives or verbs or whatever that become nouns with the addition of suffixes (“-ism,” “-ation,” etc). The author, Helen Sword, mentions that academics love this practice especially, and I was reminded of the time I attempted to read, for recreation, Jose Esteban Munoz’s book Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (nouns can become zombie nouns too, Sword notes, with the addition of a stupid suffix) but did not actually make it past the first paragraph. Here’s why: “Queerness is an ideality . . . We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality.” And so on—normal, intelligible, human-being words rendered not changed a bit, just with more annoyingality.