Posts Tagged: childhood

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

It’s Never Too Late to Be Found: A Conversation with Rene Denfeld

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Rene Denfeld discusses her latest book, The Child Finder, the ways in which trauma traps us, and the important role of imagination in finding resilience and escape. ...more

In Between the In-Between: Talking with Jenny Zhang

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Jenny Zhang discusses her story collection Sour Heart, trying to escape the past, collective versus individual responsibility for trauma, and love as imprisonment. ...more

Death, Memory, and Other Superpowers

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There was no cedar chest filled with tissue-wrapped rattles, handprint art projects, and bronzed baby shoes. Our parents never spoke of our missing sister. ...more

A Specific Kind of Loneliness: In Conversation with Geeta Kothari

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Geeta Kothari discusses her debut collection, American xenophobia, and the immigrant narrative. ...more

TORCH: My Father’s Mansion

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I love the United States, too. Like a house I was raised in, though, I know it up close and can spot its many fissures. ...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

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #89: Isabel Greenberg

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Isabel Greenberg is a London-based illustrator and writer. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton and has written for a variety of outlets including the Guardian, Nobrow Press, The National Trust, Seven Stories Press, and the New York Times.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Diggins

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I was told that I was “a good digger” if I was behaving as a young child, working hard, and not talking back. Like nursery rhymes, the rhythm of racism cannot be forgotten. ...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

Repel the Wind

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Why would I ask for my sanity from the Devil as I sleep walk, only to give it up again to the Holy Spirit? ...more

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #31: Pulling the Trigger on Father’s Day

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June is an ambivalent month for me.

As a child it meant the start of summer vacation, and weeks spent at my grandparent’s beautiful beach home in Hyannisport. This was wonderful because it meant spending time with my siblings and seven cousins, a houseful of children of all ages, and loving—even adoring—grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

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Digging for Characters: A Conversation with Sonya Chung

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Sonya Chung discusses her latest novel The Loved Ones, the mental space required to wander around fictional worlds, and looking back at her childhood. ...more

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #30: Walk On

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This Tuesday was, by no means, a good news day. The night before was the tragedy in Manchester, England, at which a suicide bomber killed children at a pop concert.

But, sad as it is, that is not the story that moved me, on this beautiful Tuesday, to tears.

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Rumpus Exclusive: An Excerpt from Benjamin Taylor’s The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Gabrielle Bell

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Gabrielle Bell discusses her forthcoming graphic memoir, Everything Is Flammable, what it was like to mine her own life for subject matter, and how anxiety affects her work. ...more

Allowing a Female to Own Her Genius: Talking with Alana Massey

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Alana Massey discusses her debut collection, All the Lives I Want, the best piece of writing advice she's ever received, and acknowledging the work that women do. ...more

Lone Star Cinema

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In clinging to a set of memories that fade more every day, maybe I’m also clinging to an idyllic version of my own past. ...more

The Storming Bohemian Punks The Muse #28: Let’s Do Dinner

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Dinner party! Now that the garden is starting to look nice, and the cats are becoming less feral and more civilized, and Klopnik has begun to change (occasionally) out of his gardening clothes, the  Storming Bohemian’s thoughts turn to socializing on the patio.

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TORCH: Blood Trauma

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But still: A pattern. The trauma had been diluted by time. But, it was still present, still discernible, in my blood. ...more

On Making Wishes

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It is true that I’m talking to a photo, but I’m not crazy. Neither am I a durochka. Fools are oblivious, at least those from my childhood fairy tales. I, on the other hand, am perfectly aware of the problem. ...more

(K)ink: Writing While Deviant: Claire Rudy Foster

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It is about the essential parts of story. The bones. The steel rods and rings. The skin that goes white with tension. Tolerating that kind of discomfort takes practice, yes, but it is exhilarating. ...more

The Rumpus Saturday Essay: The Savage Mind, Pt. 3

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To deny violence is to do it. Our surprise at Sandy Hook and Cold Springs and Columbine is a form of violence in its own right. ...more