In the year since, there have been revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood, television, publishing, and just about everywhere else men have had the opportunity to abuse their power. There was the Shitty Media Men list, and some men lost their jobs, and yet there are still apologists and enablers. We have seen the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. The Rumpus launched the ENOUGH series, and continues to focus on issues of inequality and abuse across all areas of the site. But there is more work to be done.
Joyce Maynard, whose latest memoir, The Best of Us, came out in September, is expecting some tough days ahead. One way she gets through is with her new dog, Jolene, whom she walked in her Hunsaker Canyon, California, neighborhood during our phone interview. The Great Dane puppy is growing fast and is almost overwhelming, a quality similar to Maynard’s relationship with Jim Barringer, the love of her life and the subject of The Best of Us. Barringer died in July 2016 of pancreatic cancer, shortly after their first wedding anniversary.
It was his cancer that helped me learn about Maynard when, not so long ago, my husband was diagnosed with the same disease. As I found, she’s an author with a wide and enthusiastic base of readers, she has written thousands of essays and more than a dozen books, including most famously At Home in the World, a memoir of a brief, youthful affair with J.D. Salinger. (more…)
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Guitar music is alive and well in South London. Shame, a five-piece post-punk band barely out of their teens, is among the best of the new crop.
When you listen to Shame’s debut album Songs of Praise, which was released on January 12, you’ll hear elements of The Fall, Wire, and Gang of Four. But the band is entirely of the moment with tracks like “One Rizla,” the lead single, which is drenched with adolescent angst, but also the determination to move toward greater ease. Another standout is “Concrete,” which features a frenetic call and response between the band’s vocalist Charlie Steen and bassist Josh Finerty that mirrors what it’s like to be trapped in a draining relationship that seems doomed, and yet persists. (more…)