Max Ritvo passed away on August 23, 2016. Earlier this summer, he spoke with Sarah Blake about his debut collection Four Reincarnations, writing with and about cancer, and how language is a game. ...more
Married authors Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, both winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, discuss their craft, their process, and the way they negotiate the give and take involved in sharing a vocation. ...more
To lift the censorship, degradation, and foreclosure of girls’ fantasies, we may have to investigate the gendered limitations on how we think about early loves, impulses, celebrity crushes, and maybe, sexually stirring gentleman pirates....more
She went on to become a Siberian housewife. He went on to call for the executions of ten million Russians. But she thought back on their evenings drinking and dancing. He sang songs to her in his sweet, high voice.
Behind every dictator is a woman who sees something redeemable in him. For n+1, Shawn Wen briefly explores the lives of eight different women who crossed paths with notorious men. Not surprisingly, loving a man capable of terrible things frequently doesn’t end well for the women. But sometimes, life just goes on.
We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from Idra Novey! Idra writes to us in Penn Station, where she’s waiting for an Amtrak train to Philadelphia for a reading, about all the baffling revelations a day of public transportation provides.
While I was in residential treatment, my Scrabble games with my mom slowed down. We both lingered over our turns, taking longer than usual to make the next move. Normally I rush to play my turn, keeping the tab open on my screen and the notification email in my inbox to rile up my OCD and force me into action. But when I was undergoing treatment, I didn’t want to engage with my mother; I wanted her to know how furious I was with her.
Our literature movement was born from a need. People here wanted something to free themselves, they wanted to go to university, to treat their children better, but they didn’t know where to look for it.
From the very beginning when Jon Wagner had hired Steve to start the magazine, it was clear the vison, the content—all final decisions would be Steve’s. I was always cool with that. In fact, I think that’s the only way it could work. Steve edited every single piece in every issue of the magazine. As time went on, he let me do first edits on a number of pieces. Especially the younger or newer writers I brought in and the unsolicited pieces. We had a process where our interns would read the unsolicited pieces: every piece was read by at least two interns. Then I would read them. Then Steve would say yea or nay and edit it if were yes.
When you’re a freelance writer — or any type of freelancer — you make yourself a lot of promises, mostly about getting out of the house and about wearing real, non-pajama clothing. But with no one to hold you accountable, these promises often go unfulfilled.
Halloween comes early with Jezebel’s annual Spooky Story Contest, where readers leave their terrifying tales in the comments (they can also be emailed to [email protected]). Other than that, the rules are are as follows: 1) The story must be true, and 2) The story must be scary.
Fans of Creepypasta, Channel Zero, and all manner of modern folk tales won’t be disappointed. Think of the tales told at night by the campfire, passed around at parties, whispered between friends—and go read last year’s winners here.
For Bitch Media, Rumpus Funny Women Editor Elissa Bassist interviews writer-actress Roberta Colindrez on her recent roles in Amazon’s adaptation of Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick and the Broadway adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, two powerful narratives centered on women. Colindrez believes in the power of stories:
Theatre is—and I’m quoting someone very loosely—the last religious experience you can get without going to church. If you allow yourself to be present as an audience member.
Monday 10/24: Mark Frost presents his book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks. You can bring one other piece of memorabilia to be signed, but show up early if you want to get in. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.
Robert Perlow discusses and signs The Warmup Guy. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.
Ian Scheffler discusses and signs Cracking the Cube: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik’s Cube Solving. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
Tuesday 10/25: Peter McCoy discusses and signs Radical Mycology. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.
First, b: william bearheart shares a heart-wrenching and lyrical Saturday Essay on suicide, the struggle against depression and anxiety, and the role of poetry as an effective medicine. Hope and a hidden spirituality imbue a cliff, the site of many tragic suicides, with a complexity that lingers with the author.
And in the Sunday Interview, Laurie Easter talks to Pushcart Prize nominee Jericho Parms about her essay collection, Lost Wax. The sculptural method of wax casting provides a framework for the book. Working in a museum, Parms says, enhanced her relationship with art. She adds: “I’m most drawn to the idea that something is lost in order for something else to emerge. Similarly, there is often an element of beauty that must be spent in order for a new beauty to be revealed.”