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The Hypocrite Reader publishes reportage, criticism, history, sociology, theory, creative non-fiction, translations, manifestos, leaks, analysis, popular science, synthesis, verse, wedding announcements, and Viking-themed erotica. Just because something doesn’t fit into any of those categories doesn’t mean we won’t publish it.


We are currently assembling our May issue, “Hold or Be Held,” and our June issue, “Infamy.” Please submit article prospectuses for May to hypocriterdr@gmail.com by April 20. A prospectus is a paragraph or so explaining what your article is going to be and giving an approximate word count. If we don’t already know each other, it would be helpful to have a few sentences about you, including any areas of expertise and previous writing experience, but no need for a full cover letter or anything like that. At the Hypocrite Reader we practice activist editing and pay our writers only in sincere appreciation. Please see our Writer’s Guide for more information.

Hold or Be Held

Dear all:

We share this photograph with you in lieu of a theme description, because it depicts pop stars and was taken by a homosexual, thus broaching two of the most relevant topics this theme may cover. Other topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Make safe : feel safe :: captivate : be captured :: keep : be kept :: eat : be eaten :: mother : child
  • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "You Really Got a Hold On Me" as an anthem of the held
  • The artist who is made by his own art: http://d243395j6jqdl3.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/drawing_hands.jpeg
  • Non-reproductive sexualities: http://totalartjournal.com/archives/1402/the-contra-sexual-manifesto/
  • The lint trap and its pleasures
  • The hold of the ship
  • Custody, captivity, imprisonment. Rapunzel's tower
  • "Touching oneself": masturbation, scratching an itch, prayer
  • The ligature of religion (the covenant and other sacred bonds); attachment theory
  • The middle voice, hermeneutic undecidability; "How can we know the dancer from the dance?"
  • The cameraphone dominatrix in the BBC Sherlock series
  • The scene in Return of the Jedi when Leia has just found out that Luke is her brother and Han doesn't know it yet and he sees her on the bridge and she can't tell him about Luke and so he's jealous but for all the wrong reasons, and she says "hold me"
  • Freud vs. Nietzsche
  • Holden Caulfield and his fantasies of the rye
  • To behold, to be beholden
  • The role of "holding on" in this paradigm: Drake ("hold on, we're going home"), Neko Case ("hold on, hold on"). Plus holding in, holding up, holding to.


If you’d like to provide thematically appropriate illustrations for a future article (photographs, collages, digital art, etc.) please send us a sample of your work at hypocriterdr@gmail.com. If we like you, we’ll suggest an article in the upcoming issue for you to illustrate.


Thanks for asking! The Hypocrite Reader accepts donations to help fund our print anthologies. If you’d like to help support the project, you can contribute through our PayPal account, which is linked to the email address hypocriterdr@gmail.com. If you would like to contribute through means other than PayPal, get in touch and we’ll be happy to work something out. All donations will go towards the publication of the anthologies and nothing else. Note that we are not registered as a nonprofit and donations are, unfortunately, not tax-deductible.


We no longer publish wedding announcements.