Summer Block

Summer Block has published essays, short fiction, and poetry in McSweeneys, The Rumpus, Identity Theory, DIAGRAM, PANK, The Nervous Breakdown, and many other publications.
A Catalogue of My Neuroses


The other day I signed up for a class called “Cake Decorating Course One: Building Buttercream Skills.” Happily, each weekly session of Building Buttercream Skills is only two hours long, leaving me plenty of time for…

A Catalogue of My Neuroses

Role Playing

So now being a nerd is cool. Obsessions that were once considered unpardonable are now the subject of multi-million dollar film franchises and think pieces in smart publications. The other day I saw a t-shirt that…

A Catalogue of My Neuroses

Turtles All the Way Down

So we’ve all heard about introverts now. Introverts, as the internet now knows well, are people who crave solitude and minimal, low-intensity human interaction. They had their moment, a few long weeks ago, starting with the…

A Catalogue of My Neuroses

Imaginary Charity

Many of my neurotic tendencies are the result of early literary experiences—all the more so because literary experiences were pretty much the only kind of experiences I had. As a girl I combined an active imagination…