Fiona Alison Duncan

is an LA-based Can-American writer, bookseller, and organizer.

She is the organizing host of Hard to Read, a monthly lit series, and Pillow Talk, community organizing on sex, love, and communication, both held at The Standard hotels in Los Angeles.

Fiona is also a personal book shopper, the founder of Aural, a non-emergency hotline, and the editor of Ready-to-read, fashion-seasonal books presented out of Eckhaus Latta’s Retail Shop.

A devoted contributor to Adult and Sex Magazine, my writing has also been published by 032c, Canadian Art, Cura, Kaleidoscope, the LA Review of Books, the New Inquiry, New York Magazine, Novembre, Solutions by Sternberg, and Texte zur Kunst.

Fifi's first novel, Exquisite Mariposa, is immanent.

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Fiction Fiction / @fifidunks / @hardtoread / @pillo_0wtalk / fad@hardtoread.us

A devoted contributor to Adult and Sex Magazine, my writing has also been published by 032c, Canadian Art, Cura, Kaleidoscope, the LA Review of Books, the New Inquiry, New York Magazine, Novembre, Solutions by Sternberg, and Texte zur Kunst.

Fifi's first novel, Exquisite Mariposa, is immanent.



Selected stories:

“She who opposes force with counterforce alone forms that which she opposes and is formed by it.”
(Solution 257-294: Communists Anonymous)

“Sophie’s carrot-cake curls are cut like two slices on the side of her head. Sweet face.”
(on Sophie)

“All language is stolen.”
(on Odwalla 88)

“You don’t have to keep a diary to reveal your innards in words.”
(Etty)

“She, who was born under an auspiciously Venusian harmony…”
(on Margaret Haines & The Stars Down To Earth)

“like melon scooped with a spoon tailored to ball the fruit”
(Sojourner Truth Parsons)

“a poet foremost—she writes sex convincingly”
(Ariana Reines)

“Are we going to get to talk about boyfriends in the interview?”
(Chris Kraus)

“人 is the belief that the essence of being human involves a selfless altruism that also happens to feel good.”
(#JOLIE2024)

“driving without a seatbelt”
(Elysia Crampton)

“This situation right now is a lie.”
(Ed Moses)

“The shrimp cocktail was the icing on my cake of retro delight.”
(Bonoboville)

“How fecund is your soil?”
(For Noo and Fette)

“Context is everything, in that everything is everything.”
(Amalia Ulman, time)

“Remember what I said about the violence of interpretation?”
(Seeking Arrangements)

“Ugh, next! [laughs] It’s a trap!”
(Interviewing Durga)

“Fall leaf print leggings. Angel wing mirrors. A pretzel couch.”
(Jacky Connolly)

“Losing stuff would upset me if I couldn’t picture it found.”
(Hannah Black)

“Writing books is really cool to me.”
(Natasha Stagg)

“Joy is neither a privilege nor a right, it's an organic eventuality.”
(KOOL A.D.)

“It has to do with a cat in a box and quantum mechanics.”
(Narcissism)

“He denounces spectacle while embodying it; what a comic.”
(on Franco “Bifo” in Material)

“Reason is lololololololol. Zeroes and ones.”
(ongoing, unknow.in)

"The most important thing of course.”
(Army of Love)

“In our heads, we sound deeper.”
(Generation Anxiety)

(NORMCORE)

“How exactly did Manson enact his power?"
(Stripper Lessons)

“doomsday prophecies are a power bid”
(post-Internet x reading)

“Or so it seems from my near-sight.”
(Amalia, again)

“Reality is fantasy is reality is fantasy is reality is”
(Andrew Durbin)

“Could you explain who Cameron is?”
(Margaret, again)

“I pictured her in a stone chateau in the country of my forefathers.”
(Tilda Swinton)

“Let's talk about talent.”
(Vejas)

“Fish floppy, my body bent beneath.”
(Carbon Monoxide)

"Like Every Time My Pelvis Touches A Sink Brim"
(Sent from my iFona)

"More"
(iFona)

“Anna Wintour is one of Barack Obama's top fundraisers.”
(Not Vogue)

“should we have a safe word?”
(Claudius App)

(HER)

“She wants to be It, she yearns for it.”
(Julien Ceccaldi)

“Chinatown stinks; I want in its alleys.”
(For Aja)

“The last time I saw Dov Charney in person…”
(Conspiracy theories)

“Perspiration pools in jewels”
(Summer in the city)

"Chris Kraus'd Lovers"
(with SNP)

“Lettuce green, cash green, baby puke green, turquoise!”
(The Canyons)

“It’s the American dollar bill, she says, it’s too iconic.”
(Credit. Debit. Debt. Currency. Capital.)

(GHOSTING)

Thanks to Niko Karamyan for taking my sleepy portrait,
Stefan Schwartzman for taking my PBS portrait,
Brant Boshart for helping design + code,
and Leslie Regan Shade and Ian Duncan for life ofc.