I am Abbey Corcoran. Corcoran is Irish but backward it’s narocroc, which is nothing… but fun! I am frequently kept awake by my burning hatred of the racist-heteropatriarchy we live in, my love of Cool Ranch Doritos, and my passion for John Milton. My ultimate dream is to drive a sports car really slowly on the highway so people can pass me and feel good about themselves so, I guess, what’s standing between me and that dream is that I’m broke and sports cars are expensive. My happy place is anywhere you can be surrounded by mountains (I’m from Aspen, Colorado) or a world where Slip-and-Slides aren’t for people 12 years old or younger. Dense theoretical and historically and culturally specific language binds me to the intersecting (sometimes clashing) queer and feminist communities and, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t do much except for try to love unconditionally and control myself is the presence of Lucky Charms, dogs, and horses.

6 Comments on “Abbey”

  1. Abby, you are hilarious. One time, back in they days of ENG 495 (senior colloquium), we had seniors write their own manifestos (maybe we should try it in class). I remember one student wrote, “I want so desperately to be funny.” Reading somebody who is funny–and smart and perceptive and willing to admit love for items as diverse as queer theory and Lucky Charms—is the next best thing.

  2. I think it’s really cool how right in the beginning you put something as serious as racist-heteropatriarchy along side doritos! I also would love to hear your points about the “clashing” nature of queer and feminist communities because it’s something I see too and am so frustrated by at times ESPECIALLY in prose about both. Also, slip and slides are the best!!!

  3. I think you and I would get along really well. I am corky in an ironic way in much of my life. I also have an extreme love and appreciation for mountains (I grew up living in Creede, Colorado during the summers). Additionally, I love slip n’ slides, and just recently was given a kiddie-pool for my 21st birthday – age limits are irrelevant. You sound very passionate and excited about the small and big things in life; this is something that I find important and rare in people today.

  4. Hey Abbey! Your rapid-fire exposition and cheerful transparency conveys a likable, fun personality and gives this piece a tremendous amount of heart. “I don’t do much except for try to love unconditionally….” is particularly profound in a disarming way that avoids any pretense. I look forward to reading more of your work and getting to know you better this semester.

  5. 1. Anyone who tells you that you are too old for a slip n slide is probably afraid that they will lose to you in a slip n slide race.
    2. Controlling yourself in front of dogs is overrated. Give them all the pats. They’re not judging you, and if their humans are, oh well.
    3. I so admire and am so jealous of your love of dense theoretical language and if you have any advice for someone who is fascinated by theory once they get it but also kind of loses her temper in a WHY CAN’T THESE ACADEMICS WRITE LIKE THE REST OF US way, or you would like to just sit down and discuss theory with me, please let me know.

  6. Your ultimate dream is so hilariously original–just like this this post! I love how energetic, fun, and concise your writing is in this post. It does a great job of conveying your bubbly, energetic spirit in person! This is difficult to do so bravo!!

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