Posts Tagged: Jenny Offill

It’s Just Reality: Talking with Meaghan O’Connell

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Meaghan O’Connell discusses her new memoir, And Now We Have Everything, perfectionism in motherhood and writing, and being pregnant again.

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The House of Fiction Has Many Rooms: Talking with Sigrid Nunez

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Sigrid Nunez discusses her seventh novel, The Friend, her fondness for writing about animals, and the ways the literary world has changed.

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What to Read When You Want to Write Like a Mother

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A list of books that wrangle, directly or indirectly, with motherhood and all that comes with it (or its absence).

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Ten Minutes of Motherhood: A Conversation with Ariel Levy

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Ariel Levy on The Rules Do Not Apply, the illusion of control, and language’s inability to express grief.

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Notable NYC: 2/11–2/17

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Saturday 2/11: Immigrant Rally: Here to Stay. Washington Square Park, 2 p.m., free. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi and Jennifer Scappettone join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Sunday 2/12: Nicole Fix, Joanna C. Valente, Fraylie Nord, and Yardenne Greenspan join the Sundays at Erv’s reading series. Erv’s, 6 p.m., free. Peter Burghardt, Sara Wintz, […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Jane Alison

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Jane Alison discusses her autobiographical novel, Nine Island, the value of truth in fiction, and unsubscribing from romantic love.

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The Rumpus Interview with Jane Ciabattari and Grant Faulkner

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Jane Ciabattari, Vice President/Online of the National Book Critics Circle, and Grant Faulkner, NaNoWriMo director and 100 Word Story co-founder, talk flash fiction.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Sword and Her Sister

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Frozen is a study in what happens when imagination is constrained to a single narrative arc

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Notable NYC: 8/8–8/14

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Saturday 8/8: Rickey Laurentiis, T’Ai Freedom Ford, Lara Lorenzo, and Tommy Pico celebrate Nepantla Journal and Sibling Rivalry Press, hosted by Amber Atiya. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free. Sunday 8/9: Nabil Kashyap, Andriniki Mattis, Maryam Parhizkar, and Anna Vitale read assorted works. Unnameable Books, 7 p.m., free. Aida Zilelian discusses her latest novel The […]

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The Rumpus Interview with George Hodgman

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Editor and author George Hodgman talks about his new memoir, Bettyville, what makes for a good memoir, and returning to his hometown of Paris, Missouri from New York to take care of his aging mother.

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The Rumpus Interview with Maggie Nelson

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Author Maggie Nelson talks about matrophobia, “sodomitical maternity,” breaking down categories between genres of writing, and her new book, The Argonauts.

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Notable NYC: 6/21–6/27

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Saturday 6/21: Jeff Dolven, Kathleen Ossip, and Thomas Heis celebrate two decades of independent poetry with Sarabande Books. Berl’s Poetry, 7 p.m., free. Sunday 6/22: Lorin Roser, Russell Leong, Luis H. Francia, and Larry Litt combine poetry with experimental music. Bowery Poetry Club, 6 p.m., free. Monday 6/23: Edmund White moderates a discussion between Michael […]

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On Writing and Uncertainty

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Is writing a fundamentally speculative act? This is one of the questions Jenny Offill was asked in an interview with the Paris Review. Offill discusses the uncertainty that comes with being a writer, working constantly at a craft that can never be fully mastered. In Offill’s words, “That is why so many talented people stop writing. […]

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Notable NYC: 2/15–2/21

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Saturday 2/15: Luna Miguel, Jacob Steinberg, and Gabby Bess read poetry. Mellow Pages, 7 p.m., free. Sunday 2/16: Stephen Elliott and Julia Fierro join Gina Frangello as she reads from her novel A Life in Men (February 2014). Fierro’s forthcoming Cutting Teeth (May 2014) examines thirty-somethings attempting to enjoy a beach house with their children. […]

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