Posts Tagged: adolescence

Hearse and Home: How Stephen King Saved My Girlhood

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Down the steps of the second-story apartment above the hearse garage and across the alley was the library. ...more

A Desi Win: Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar

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What started off as a coping mechanism to deal with the widening generational gap within immigrant families, Qamar has shaped into a new philosophy for cultural in-betweeners. ...more

Young People Are Our Hope: Talking with Lilliam Rivera

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Lilliam Rivera discusses her debut novel, The Education of Margot Sanchez, world-building, and her desire to see bookshelves filled with stories by people of color. ...more

Titanic Turns Twenty in a World That Won’t Talk About It

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After twenty years and eleven Oscars and eleventy billion dollars, we still don’t really talk about Titanic. ...more

Our Own Bodies: A Conversation with JoAnna Novak

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JoAnna Novak discusses her novel, I Must Have You, eating disorders, and writing characters that challenge our expectations of how women should behave. ...more

TORCH: Over the Borderline

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I'm writing about the border through the eyes of children because the border is a problem of the imagination. ...more

The Butt Song

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Last night as my husband got ready to go out [my daughter] grabbed his coat and said, “Call 1-900-Mix-A-Lot and kick those nasty thoughts.” ...more

Libraries Are the Real Punk Rock

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Maybe I was only in the eighth grade, but I was ready to stand up to anyone who tried to threaten the ideal of intellectual freedom. ...more

I Choose My Pearls: On Feminism, Fashion, and Disneyland

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Women don’t need laws to repress their fashion, comfort, identity, or preference. Our society’s deft ability to shame does all the heavy lifting. ...more

Voices on Addiction: Shame Is a Treble Hook

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Shame is a treble hook that tells me that 1) I not only fail but am a failure, that 2) I not only damage people but I am damaged, and that 3) I not only lie but I am a lie. ...more

Saying What Shouldn’t Be Said: A Conversation with Julie Buntin

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Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel, Marlena, why writing about teenage girls is the most serious thing in the world, and finding truths in fiction. ...more

How The Keepers Reframes Confession as a Feminist Act

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Critics have noted how The Keepers is similar to other prestige documentaries but with a significant difference—its focus on the victims and their stories. ...more

TORCH: My American Playground

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I left the car by the roadside and ran up the slope, in tears now, reaching the picnic tables and swings and, as bright and vivid as in my dreams, my purple-shaped climbing frame, exactly as I remembered it. ...more

Just Chaste Me

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The more first-time stories I heard, the longer I was willing to wait. ...more

This Week in Short Fiction

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This week, a short story in the new issue of Cosmonauts Avenue turns the flashlight onto a slumber party, and not the fantasy pillow-fight and popcorn kind, but the more true-to-life kind, complete with paranormal library books, urban legends, sneaking out, and scaring the crap out of each other.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Julie Buntin

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Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel, Marlena, the writers and books that influenced it, tackling addiction with compassion, and the magic of teenage girls. ...more

Written in Chalk: What It Means to Be Crazy

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As truth becomes more elusive, as fact blends with fiction, we ought to take notice of how we categorize people, as categorization seems to be married to suppression, to disenfranchisement. ...more

Metaphors for My Forgetful Heart

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My body is a drum, its last vibration fading out. My body is a temple, serene and contemplative, all voices finally stilled. My body is a glider plane, floating on warm currents of air in the eerie, engineless quiet. ...more

Falling into Fear

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I knew that just as the country was reverting, so was I. Every face now seemed a potential enemy and these were feelings I had not felt in almost twenty years. ...more