Posts by: Martha Bayne

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Tiny Bubbles

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A bubble is a sphere of privilege, but it also provides the safety to mix up more soapy water and to blow new bubbles to protect what we hold dear. ...more

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Fathers, and Stories, and Father’s Day Stories from the Sunday Rumpus

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This time last year I sat for days with my father in his room at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, recording his voice as he narrated the story of his life. “She’s helping me write my memoirs,” he quipped to the endless parade of nurses passing through to change the dressings on his legs, take his blood pressure, administer meds.

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More Sunday Links

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Friday was one of those days where it felt like way too many threads had come unraveled from the thrift-store sweater of my life and were just tangled in an heap of wet yarn at my feet. One of those dreary grey days when I could have used some advice, and maybe a gentle voice saying, “It’ll be ok, sweet pea.” One of those days when I said, to no one in particular, on Twitter, “Do you ever have one of those days when you wish ‘Dear Sugar’ was still around?”

So imagine my surprise when only a few hours later Cheryl Strayed and (original Sugar) Steve Almond announced they were reviving “Dear Sugar” as a podcast.

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Sunday Links

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This week’s Sunday Rumpus essay is the Rumpus debut of one of my longtime personal favorite writers — and I say that with all proud claims to bias, because I also was, for a spell, her editor. Back in the 2000s Liz Tamny was the photo editor at the Chicago Reader, where I was an editor, but besides having a crack eye for artwork, she surprised me by being an amazingly probing, witty, and rigorous essayist and cultural critic.

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Sunday Links: Words + Pictures

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We have been doing this Sunday Rumpus thing for a month now, and it’s been — to be quite honest — way more fun than we expected. Really, the feedback so far has been very gratifying, and it’s a joy to have the chance to showcase such great work.

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