Lit-Link Round-up


This is a stunner from Chloe Caldwell: “My Year of Heroin and Acne.”

I’m liking Salon’s “Body Issues” series.  Here’s “Sexy Dresses That Barely Fit” by Lily Burana.

I’m radically perplexed and a little alarmed by this apparent love-fest for “My Little Pony” among…uh…adult men?  My husband and I sat in the car, after he read this article, with me saying, “But wait–is it a kink thing?” and him saying, “No, it doesn’t seem to be,” and me saying, “I don’t believe that, how can that be true,” and him saying, “Read the article,” and me saying, “I’m afraid to read the article,” and him saying, “I’m going to send it to you,” and me saying, “I don’t want an article about pedophiliac bestiality,” and it going around around in a circle like this.  Apparently he was correct.  This is a very confusing world.

Jacqueline St. Joan, author of Press 53’s My Sisters Made of Light, is fundraising for a girls/women safe shelter in Pakistan, and has already raised more than $15,ooo.  She’s so close to her goal for this phenomenal project–please check it out, and consider contributing.  Go, Jackie!

The eloquent Jillian Lauren, inspired by Stephen’s recent Rumpus essay on the memoir, defends confession.

50 Best Literary Insults…tell that certain someone where to shove it, with style…

Loving Emily Temple’s “Alternate List” of the top literary heroines of 2012.

Another essay putting Frenchwomen on a fashion pedestal and claiming American women are too lazy to put on anything involving a button, snap or zipper.  I want to say “yawn,” but the truth is it raised my ire last week, and inspired some lively consternation on my FB wall from all factions.

Our Other Voices Books spring writer, Rob Roberge, is also the guitarist in The Urinals.  I don’t know anything about punk (well, that would imply that I know “anything” about other music genres, which is not, in fact, true), but this interview with the smartly demented Urinals threesome is freaking hilarious.

Hey, on another note entirely…we’re closer to an AIDS vaccine.

This Tuesday, I’m interviewing Margaret Atwood for The Sunday Rumpus.  I’ve worshipped her since I was 19.  Sometimes things happen, and you just have to stop and realize how your Young Self would have pretty much fallen over dead with disbelief.  I’m lucky–I get a lot of those moments.  But man…this one is really up there.  Wish me luck not making a total ass of myself.


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 →