Posts Tagged: parents

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Wanted/Needed/Loved #12: Thao Nguyen’s Release


The thing I want to talk about is something I’m not in possession of anymore, but of all the things I’ve lost it’s the thing I think about the most. ...more

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How does one scene impress itself on us, so that we remember it better than we should if we were in it? Or rest, just below the surface, present, but unnoticed? ...more

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Songs of Our Lives: Guns N’ Roses’s “Paradise City”


When people asked what I was going to do after high school, I said, “Leave town.” I wasn’t kidding. I hadn’t applied to a single college. ...more

Tara Laskowski

The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Tara Laskowski


I realized that I’m interested in how people change when something terrible happens to someone else. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Garrard Conley


Garrard Conley, author of the new memoir Boy Erased, discusses growing up in the deep South, mothers, writing for change, and political delusions. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Lynn Steger Strong


Lynn Steger Strong discusses her debut novel Hold Still, the influence of Virginia Woolf, unconditional love, and exit strategies. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Asali Solomon


Asali Solomon discusses her debut novel, Disgruntled, narrative structure, the mythology of memory and place, and returning to Philadelphia after years away. ...more

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Kill Shot


1964, a month prior to the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, a different home movie shot. Infant toss. Up-down. Plummeting. I’m ten months of age—picking up speed. ...more

Jennifer Whitaker

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Jennifer Whitaker


Jennifer Whitaker discusses her new collection The Blue Hour, persona poems, the violence in fairy tales, and writing about sexual abuse. ...more

Difficult Decisions


She was fed exclusively through a gastrostomy tube. Although she couldn’t speak, she often smiled and made noises and expressed pleasure in the company of her siblings. Her parents — worried that their daughter’s continued growth would restrict her ability to join family trips, swing in the backyard, take baths or cuddle in their arms — formed a plan with Gunther to limit her adult stature.


Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: The Mountain Goats’s The Sunset Tree


I knew if I could make it out of town, make it to college, I would survive. But I wasn't sure I would. ...more

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Plankton (A Body of Stars)


Plankton either grows into something other than plankton—a strong swimming non-planktonic adult, like a crab or a fish, or it stays the same—forever drifting with the shifting tides. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Jen Pastiloff


I am good at making people feel safe. ...more