Lit-Link Round-up

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The fabulously smart Roxanne Gay, interviewed in the fabulously smart podcast series Other People with Brad Listi.

Read Emily Rapp’s essay on female friendship, solicited for The Sunday Rumpus because I am obsessed with her.  Once you’re obsessed too, find more here.

And related to the chick-power theme, if you want to get your depression on re: the flip side (i.e. modeling), check out this from the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

Then, in your Is There A Gender War confusion, check out Lisa Dremousis’ claim, “I’m Mad at You Because You’re an Idiot, Not Because I’m a Woman.”

As is sometimes the case at HuffPo, their selections are kinda lame re: this “Bad Boys of Literature” list, but nothing with Hanif Kureishi on it can be all bad.

Up next Sunday, “Ten Reasons Not to Sleep With a Poet,” from Stacy Bierlein’s debut collection.  Full of stunning, heart-stopping one-liners worthy of early Ann Beattie and Lorrie Moore, and sexy as hell.

Speaking of sex: Bierlein and I also co-edited the anthology Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience, in which contributors like Jennifer Egan, Susan Minot, Aimee Bender and Lidia Yuknavitch narratively cross-dress.

Have you already seen this psychotically charming, Burning Man rendition of Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss?  For the love of all things fun, if not, check it out.

Why do you figure this near-dead Alexander Maksik sex scandal didn’t get as much press as Marie Calloway?  Though our author may be a bit of a wank, You Deserve Nothing was one of my favorite reads this year.

And kudos to Kate Zambreno, whose seethingly brilliant Green Girl is one of the only indie titles to make the Tournament of Books.


Gina Frangello’s fourth book of fiction, Every Kind of Wanting, was released on Counterpoint in September. Her last novel, A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), was selected for the Target Emerging Authors series, has been optioned by Universal Cable Productions/Denver & Delilah, and was a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown. She is also the author of two other books of fiction: Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, the Executive Editor for Other Voices magazine, and the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, Dame, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Fence, FiveChapters, Prairie Schooner, the Chicago Reader, and in many other magazines and anthologies. More from this author →