Posts by: Julie Greicius
“I’ve made passing mention of my mom’s suicide in my writing over the last couple of years, but my first truly raw and open essay about her death came out in the Rumpus last month, and since then, I have felt a new responsibility to be brave....more
Fourteen years ago, after working as a victim’s advocate for underage girls held as adults at Riker’s Island prison, Rachel Lloyd started the Girls Education and Mentoring Service (GEMS) in New York City—a shelter and resource center for American girls recovering from commercial sexual exploitation....more
In Blindsight, Chris Colin has written the true story of b-movie-to-blockbuster producer Simon Lewis’s 16-year recovery from a car crash that left him with a pulse, but little else.
Lewis’s new bride was killed instantly, and he lost one-third of the right side of his brain, some of his vision, his ability to organize his memories chronologically, and his Hollywood career just when it had skyrocketed....more
While academia works to adjust the long-standing under-representation of women in science, consider for a moment the inevitable corollary to those numbers: the dearth of female mad scientists....more
In a certain context, a set of swings–and the mild risk, childish competition and sheer stomach-swirling delight that they offer–rise to the level of art. That context is a silent, cavernous gymnasium at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where Paolo Salvagione’s “Competitive Swinging” pits two rows of swingers against one another, and each other....more
“Google confirmed widespread rumors last night that it will soon launch an invitation-only beta-testing program for its controversial Android phone App, Word Count. According to a press release posted on the Google Lab Team blog, the App will make use of the Lab Team’s recently designed algorithms and a controversial piece of software known as Estimated Time of Death (ETD) to predict how many words a user has left to communicate before the user perishes and dies.”...more
Judges for the international Man Booker prize have announced the thirteen finalists under consideration for this year’s award recognizing fiction writing—a body of work rather than a single book. Among the nominees is spy novelist John le Carré, who has requested that his name be removed “to give less established authors the opportunity to win.”
The judges are keeping his name on the list anyway....more
New York Times reporter and bureau chief, James C. McKinley, has co-written with Erica Goode a follow-up article on the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas.
McKinley’s initial coverage of the crime was so inexcusably slanted toward sympathy for the rapists and blame for the victim—both in its selection of quotations and editorial angle—that it unleashed a public outcry here on the Rumpus and across the Internet, including a petition signed by nearly 50,000 people on Change.org demanding an apology by the Times....more
East Coast! West Coast! Rumpus Women are reading everywhere! Come out!
San Francisco: Monday night, December 13, 7pm, the Makeout Room
Readings by Michelle Tea, Sarah Fran Wisby, Julie Greicius, Kathleen Alcott and Antonia Crane, with a presentation by Lisa Brown, comedy by Janine Brito and music by The Yellow Dress....more
Some would say that just having grandchildren makes a woman a superhero. If I live to be so old, I only hope my grandchildren will be as spectacularly awesome as photographer Sacha Goldberger is:
“A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed....more
“I asked Wolfgang how long addicts typically had to wait for admission to his clinic. He didn’t understand my question, so I asked again. As I was about to ask a third time, it dawned on me the confusion wasn’t due to language, but to Wolfgang’s inability as a physician to comprehend why any patient should have to wait for treatment.”
Rumpus Women, Vol I, contributor Cheryl Strayed‘s husband, Brian Lindstrom, has written a beautiful, insightful piece about styles of drug treatment and education in Germany and Copenhagen, “Protecting the ‘Least Among Us.’“...more
Delfin Vigil’s fantastic true story Nikko: Concrete Commando, has just became available at City Lights in San Francisco. Nikko was first published here on The Rumpus, and then beautifully self-published in the real world. Buying the book in person saves you a dollar off the online price, and gets it to you way faster....more
The paintings of Andrew Abbott run a broad, beautiful range of darkness and humor. Several of his paintings remind me of Picasso: “Say No to Durgs” [sic] has all the conflict and chaos of “Guernica,” for example. Others, with their ripe-red color and self-affliction, or even mysterious “Mounds,” feel like Louise Bourgeois....more
“I was seeing something about the human mind. I was seeing the author in the text in a way that people hadn’t seen the author in the text before.”
Jed Abumrad of Radiolab talks with scientists about how our use of words—the density and complexity of our sentences, or lack thereof—may be an indicator of our current and future mental health....more
“…I was outed on a chicklit book forum pretending to be a fan of the book and concealing my role as author. The forum administrator who suspended me was named FunkyTown, and the exchange became one of the vignettes performed in relation to the work....more