Posts by: Lyz Lenz

Taking a Stand with Roxane

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I wouldn’t have volunteered at The Rumpus for the past three years, if I didn’t believe in the power of words. But words ring hollow if they are not met with action. Outrage tweets and Facebook posts mean noting if you don’t march, call, email, filibuster, stand, sit-in, demand, riot, challenge, and vote.

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The Rumpus Interview with Leland Cheuk

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Leland Cheuk discusses his novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, dark humor, cancer, morally corrupt characters, and his mother. ...more

The Lulu Fund: Burning Down the House

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The Lulu Fund is a new organization founded by Anna March, Ashley Ford, Jen Fitzgerald, and Ashley Perez dedicated to breaking down barriers within the writing community. The Lulu Fund mission statement says:

We support individual writers and organizations who demonstrate their commitment to these ideas by telling critical stories and lifting marginalized voices.

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Difficult Decisions

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She was fed exclusively through a gastrostomy tube. Although she couldn’t speak, she often smiled and made noises and expressed pleasure in the company of her siblings. Her parents — worried that their daughter’s continued growth would restrict her ability to join family trips, swing in the backyard, take baths or cuddle in their arms — formed a plan with Gunther to limit her adult stature.

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Like Exile

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Stuck at home with numerous young children, with a husband who had little interest in her work and actively discouraged her intellectual pursuits, Howe rebelled in small ways. In the late 1840s, Howe secretly began to write a novel. She described the book as a “history of a strange creature,” and it tells the story of a Laurence, a scholar who lived as both man and woman.

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Your Mom Is Back and Angrier than Ever

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Amy Shearn writes about the resurgence of the fictional housewife:

It’s possible that these fed-up working-class housewives knew something that the languid stay-at-home mothers in today’s fiction are still struggling to learn: that housework is not going to keep any thinking person’s mind engaged for long, and that one frequently yearns to feel that one has some power in the outside world.

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