Posts Tagged: relationships

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #123: Erica Garza

By

"[T]here was something really empowering about being honest and open about this part of myself. Somehow, writing helped lessen the shame." ...more

This Is What I Get for Wanting

By

When I cried over the phone, asking him if he was dumping me, he said in his gentle voice, “Sweetheart, we weren’t really a thing yet.” ...more

Mixed Feelings: Am I Too Fat For Love?

By

We don’t like to think that love traffics in the same biases that shape our culture—but of course it does. ...more

I Dated Bad Men Till a Bad Man Became President

By

Their dishonesty and danger was easier to look past then. The world had not yet shifted. But then it did, and I woke up. ...more

Thick and Thin

By

Today is not the day I can eat like a normal person and not tomorrow either. But maybe the day after that or the next one after. ...more

Going Off-Script: A Conversation with Mandy Len Catron

By

Mandy Len Catron discusses How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays, what makes for a thoughtful love story, and the politics of love. ...more

Rumpus Original Fiction: Emergency Lifeboats: 24 (12 on Each Side)

By

“What’s a six-letter word for ignoring truth,” she might say, without looking up from the puzzle. ...more

Scripting New Narratives: Mandy Len Catron’s How to Fall in Love with Anyone

Reviewed By

I can’t help but wonder what if, in detangling love stories and our relationships to them, Catron is building yet another narrative—an anti-narrative, perhaps—of love. ...more

Mixed Feelings: Happy Wife, Happy Life

By

Ending a relationship is hard, but it’s not as hard as quitting an institution. And the thing we often forget about marriage is that it is an institution. ...more

Bodies Testing Boundaries: The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfeld

Reviewed By

The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfeld is a profound debut that carefully undermines the foundational assumptions we have about other people. ...more

Rumpus Original Fiction: The Barbecue

By

Up close, the beach was disgusting and tragic. A million tiny pieces of plastic were heaped on the shore like confetti from a hundred parades, or like the real sand on the beach threw up. ...more

Rumpus Original Fiction: Grace

By

After the anger came a deep, resigned sadness, as if her cruise were canceled at the last minute. She’s stuck on the shore of her life, watching everyone she loves sail into the distance. ...more

Language Is All Convention: Talking with Elif Batuman

By

Elif Batuman discusses her new novel The Idiot, what it means to be a writer, and the artifice of language. ...more

A Funny Inevitability: In Conversation with Siel Ju

By

Siel Ju discusses her debut novel-in-stories, Cake Time, the difference between our online selves and real-life selves, and who she hopes will read her work. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Cost of Intimacy

By

Chasing intimacy can feel cheap—and yet intimacy we pay for can be meaningful. I find traditional therapy as awkward as sex, exposing my emotional self like I expose my body. ...more

Mixed Feelings: Why Do Men Always Want to Settle Down?

By

Many women do want to get married, and that’s a perfectly reasonable choice. The problem, then, is that when a woman says she doesn’t want to marry, many people find this hard to believe. ...more