Posts Tagged: adolescence


The Rumpus Interview with Abigail Ulman


Abigail Ulman talks about her debut collection Hot Little Hands, the limitations of the cultural narrative, her paralyzing pre-publication fears, and why she loves adolescent narrators. ...more


A Study of Homeland in Displacement


To think of Brazil as a different place than I remember it is to think of my unbelonging, as someone out of place in my memory. ...more

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Is Gender F***ing with Our Fantasies?


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


You’ve Got Mail and the Internet of Ordinary People


You’ve Got Mail was one of the first movies to depict the Internet as it affects the lives of ordinary users. ...more

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Baking Lessons: Needing, Rising, and Letting Go


When I took those breaths, I also learned to say, “I am enough, I am enough, I am enough.” ...more

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The Rumpus Review of Seoul Searching


Seeing is a critical part of normalizing, and though it seems like a rudimentary expectation, it’s important for American audiences to see Korean-Americans simply living their lives. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Annie DeWitt


Annie DeWitt discusses her debut novel, White Nights in Split Town City, the 90s, and the brutality of nature. ...more

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Monkey Men


Still lying on the bed in the Wausau hotel room, I started counting ceiling tiles. From above the covers. Not under. Never under. I always feel constricted, under. ...more

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The Last Book I Loved: Abbott Awaits


Summer works like this. Every day small moments cycle like waves within tides, eroding our opportunities on a geological scale invisible from our point of immersion. ...more


Rumpus Original Fiction: On Documentation


What is it like to be you? he was always asking, in his way, and it seemed a stupid question then. I didn’t know. I could lie better than I could tell the truth. I hadn’t left yet. ...more

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On Playing Games, Productivity, and Right Livelihood


One week last spring I said it out loud for the first time: “Sometimes I play so long, my fingers go numb.” ...more

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Safety Rope


No touching unless he touches you. No touching where people can see. No touching unless dared to touch. Brad makes the rules, but never says them aloud. ...more


Narrowly Avoiding the Spotlight


It took me nearly twenty years and the power of a fine film to fully realize what happened to me in the confessional was an inappropriate act by an adult against a child. ...more

Crushes on Fiction


Contributors over at Huffington Post discuss five fictional characters that stimulated their pre-teen/teen sexual awakening, including Artemis from Artemis Fowl and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables:

When it comes to my sexual awakening in fiction, specific characters figure very little.


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The Slow Fall of the Hot Heroine


If nothing else, it’s the opinion of other women that encroaches on mine. Resemblances spark my joy; differences become character flaws. ...more

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Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #21: John Irving


And that is how I feel about John Irving novels. That they gave me everything. ...more


Wanted/Needed/Loved #5: Sonny Smith’s Skate Zine


In one way or another we all tell stories to ourselves about who we are. ...more