Lit-Link Round-up


Lauren Cerand, Penina Roth, Michelle Orange and a host of interesting others make Flavorwire’s “50 Up-and-Coming New York Culture Makers.”

Speaking of up-and-coming, the always-provocative Laura Bogart’s “The Curse of My Birthing Hips,” in Salon’s Body Issues series.

On The Weeklings, Sean Beaudoin goes home for the holidays–to Newtown and Sandy Hook elementary school.

What happens to those who have lost a child once the dust of Tragedy settles? Ann Hood’s “A Parent’s Worst Nightmare” explores what is really at stake for the families of Newtown.

TNB’s Nobbies Awards list includes Cheryl Strayed, Michael Kimball, Matt Bell, Paula Bomer, Stacy Bierlein, Claire Bidwell Smith, Kate Zambreno, and many more–go on, check it out.  Oh–and Donna Johnson, today’s Sunday interviewer!

The powerful LA spoken word poet Rich Ferguson has a debut book, 8th & Agony.

And thanks to Wednesday Kennedy for this F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, worth revisiting on the brink of a new year:

Mostly we authors must repeat ourselves — that’s the truth. We have two or three great and moving experiences in our lives, experiences so great and moving that it doesn’t seem at the time that anyone else has been so caught up and pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and rewarded and humbled in just that way ever before. Then we learn our trade, well or less well, and we tell our two or three stories — each time in a new disguise — maybe ten times, maybe a hundred, as long as people will listen.


Gina Frangello is the Sunday Editor of The Rumpus. She is also the Fiction Editor of The Nervous Breakdown and the co-founder and Executive Editor of Other Voices Books, an imprint of Dzanc Books. Her third book of fiction, A Life in Men, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in February 2014. She is also the author Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010) and My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She lives in Chicago and can be found at More from this author →