Lit-Link Round-up


The Rumpus reviewed and Stephen, Isaac, Julie and Paul profiled on The Bold Italic.

Congrats to editor Elizabeth Collins and TNB Books: The Beautiful Anthology is included in the New York Times’ “Best Bathroom Books of 2012.”  Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg’s Drinking Diaries anthology is also included on this quirky, fun list.

Tell your daughters you’re beautiful.  This piece on Offbeat Mama kicks ass.

Like podcasts?  Like sex?  Gayle Konop Baker and her daughter, Abigail, are podcasting about everything you ever wanted to ask about gender, generations, relationships, love–and yes, sex–on their new show, The G Spot.

A Lit-Erotic photo spread (complete with “turn ons”) of some of the hottest…er…voices among The Dudes of YA.

Jezebel‘s Guide to Understanding the Increasingly Convoluted Petraeus Sex Scandal is already becoming dated, but still, it’s almost as entertaining as half-naked YA writers, so…

Still speaking of sex, Daphne Merkin (author of that infamous spanking-fetish essay in the New Yorker, back in 1996, that sparked such an insane controversy) wonders when sex became so un-sexy.  This piece is a little all over the place, but if you don’t mind never-entirely-developed tangents ranging from Girls to Story of O (and really, who minds?) it’s got a heartbeat under the noise.

An excerpt from Brad Listi and Justin Benton’s new project, Board, a book celebrating the comments-board form, and hailed by David Shields as, “a book in conversation with itself about a culture at war with itself. A sharp, funny, and unexpectedly moving take on contemporary America in the digital age.”

Sunday Rumpus alum, David Hernandez, on Poetry Daily.

Ten Lessons from The Professor of Desire, on The Millions.

HTML Giant asks “What are the essential texts of Third Wave Feminism?”  Today’s Sunday Rumpus Interviewee, Kate Zambreno, has just written one, in Heroines.

And don’t forget to check out Other Voices Queretaro, writing workshops July 5-15 in Mexico’s beautiful central highlands.  Stacy Bierlein, Pam Houston, Josip Novakovich, Rob Roberge and I want to immerse you in words and wine without bankrupting you.  For reals.


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 →