Posts Tagged: Cheryl Strayed

The Wide Open (And Increasingly Traveled) Road

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For The Kenyon Review ”Credo” series, Megan Mayhew Bergman offers some thoughts on “socially-conscious writing”:

I’m not sure if it was becoming a mother, or publishing my first book—because these events happened in essentially the same year—but when it comes to my writing career, all I can tell myself is: make it matter.

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Literary Friendships

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Rumpus interviews editor Rebecca Rubenstein has an awesome interview with Cheryl Strayed (a.k.a. Dear Sugar), Lidia Yuknavitch, and Suzy Vitello at BuzzFeed Books.

They discuss how they make and sustain amazing and inspiring literary friendships amid the chaos of writing, day-to-day life, and everything else in between.

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New Kickstarter Reward for Happy Baby

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There’s a new Kickstarter reward for The Happy Baby Post Production fundraiser called The Small Signed Library Award.

It’s collection of books signed by their authors including books from Meg Wolitzer, Brian Spears, Nick Flynn, Philipp Meyer, Aimee Bender, Melissa Febos, Anthony Swofford, Rick Moody, Steve Almond, Matthew Zapruder, Claire Bidwell Smith, Jonathan Ames, Susan Orlean, Doug Powell, and Cheryl Strayed.

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Alone in the woods: A New Memoir

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Rumpus contributor Micah Perks has a new eBook out on Shebooks called, Alone In The Woods: Cheryl Strayed, my daughter and me.

Micah Perks’ candid short memoir takes an insightful look at women and the wild, the wildness she experienced as a child on a commune in the Adirondack wilderness, the ways women and wildness are depicted in movies and books like Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir Wild, and the wilderness she discovers inside her own daughter.

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Goodbye to…Earth-Shattering Sex?

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The Atlantic gave the Rumpus’s own Sari Botton, Melissa Febos, Mira Ptacin, and Cheryl Strayed a chance to delve deeper into their contributions to the anthology “Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.”

In a roundtable discussion with Marie-Helene Westgate, they discuss what it’s like to leave a city that, as Westgate puts it, “is a human entity unto itself: one capable of offering earth-shattering sex, endlessly stimulating conversation, and eventual transcendence, too.”

Hear their takes on questions like: “Is there a sense that leaving New York…constitutes a failure of character?” and more—and be sure to check out our two excerpted chapters from the book, one by Elisa Albert and one by Melissa Febos, right here on the Rumpus.

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Rumpus Writers Help Define Modern Literature

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Flavorwire’s Jason Diamond has compiled a list of fifty books that defined the past five years of literature.

From the universally acclaimed (Wolf Hall) to the controversial (what purpose did i serve in your life), from the literary heavyweights (Tenth of December) to the pop-culture juggernauts (The Hunger Games), these books “show what is great about literature here and now.”

We’re psyched to see that the list includes Wild by our Dear Sugar columnist Cheryl StrayedAyiti by our essays editor Roxane GayWhen the Only Light is Fire by Rumpus pal Saeed Jones, and a host of other books by Rumpus interviewees, book-club authors, and friends.

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Dear Sugar Sparks A Tiny Revolution

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In the face of rampant negative body image and self-esteem issues, New York City is launching a campaign to help girls declare, “I’m beautiful the way I am.”

Samantha Levine, the Bloomberg aide behind the campaign, cites one of Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar columns as an inspiration:

“I think being a woman in this society, it’s sort of impossible to not be aware of the pressures there are around appearance, around weight, around trying to always look a certain way,” Ms.

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Dear Sugar, You Are Now Being Played by Reese Witherspoon

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Here’s an informative little roundup of book news from the New Yorker‘s book-news blog.

Highlights include a 300-year-old cookbook, a “‘new type of fragmentation’ in contemporary literature,” and oh yeah—Reese Witherspoon is officially going to play our very own Cheryl Strayed in the movie adaptation of of her memoir Wild.

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Rumpus Women Should Be Writing for Harper’s!

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The disparity of women writers in the publishing world has been an increasingly hot topic of late.

Flavorwire has compiled a list entitled “10 Women Who Should be Writing for ‘Harper’s,” and we’re excited that three of the women are our own essays editor Roxane Gay, Dear Sugar’s Cheryl Strayed, and Funny Women editor Elissa Bassist!

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“Trying to Illuminate the Darkest Places”

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Two Rumpus treasures in one…treasure chest? Necklace? Treasury?? Okay, this metaphor didn’t work out, but Thomas Page McBee‘s interview of Cheryl Strayed (aka Dear Sugar) did. A small preview:

But what I’ve found as a writer is that every time I thought, everyone’s going to condemn me, everyone’s going call me a slut, or say “How dare you have an abortion,” but the reverse has happened.

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Musings on the Life of the Writer

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At The Millions, Emily St. John Mandel offers a peek into her writing world via tangential authors Susanna Moore and our very own Cheryl Strayed.

She reposts Cheryl’s Facebook status that lamented the lack of common knowledge regarding writing life: “There is a strong and vibrant literary culture that exists and thrives in this nation and it does not exist in a place called nowhere, whether you know about it or not.

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Ethos of the Era

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The Atlantic ruminates on how Cheryl Strayed‘s espousal of “motherfuck-itude,” self-reliance, and radical empathy is especially relevant in our post-recession era.

“Strayed’s path—hauling her needed possessions on her back down a free trail in Wild, or her gospel of ‘nobody is going to give you a thing’ in Tiny Beautiful Things—is one in which any reader, regardless of income bracket, can find purchase… To the many people who are struggling with underemployment and debt, Strayed’s advice through her Sugar persona on how to move through the day is a solace: ‘The unifying theme is resilience and faith.

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“We don’t listen to the know-it-alls”

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“When I tell the people who write me letters that their problems keep me up at night, I’m not joking. I’ve been given a huge gift with this column, and I knew I would write it like a motherfucker, but I didn’t know people would embrace Sugar the way they have.”

Cheryl Strayed talks with Bitch about how feminism informs her life and work, the beauty machine and being photoshopped, Dear Sugar as a community, and more.

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