We’re getting ready to send out the next Letter in the Mail! Rob Roberge pens an 8-pager about his father, and the guilt he feels regarding a particular scene in his upcoming memoir. He writes about that familiar dilemma that faces those of us who write about our real lives: Should he remove the scene to spare his father’s feelings?...more
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“We live in a culture where it can seem like everyone wants to be troubled. Nobody wants to be crazy…The story arc of mental illness does not conform to the redemption tale.”...more
“I wanted to convey the ecstatic experience of performing really destructive music, and to articulate the kind of raw need that drives young people to do so.”...more
Anna March explains why THE COST OF LIVING by Rob Roberge is the last book she loved....more
This column collects a bunch of albums (and, in one case, a book by a writer/musician) that I have loved a great deal in the last six months, as well as exactly one album that I think is not worth the hype....more
There are no holiday weekends in August, but there are weekend Rumpus roundups.
If you feel like you need a hundred-year-nap, you might relate to Saturday’s comic by Yumi Sakugawa.
And on Sunday, Rob Roberge wrestled with the way fiction wrestles with the impossible complexity of making moral decisions:
But/and it strikes me that most good writing (and here, I’ll put my vote in for “good” being synonymous with ethically complex…) concerns itself with issues of non-conventional morality.
If literary fiction offers an alternative to more mainstream “narratives of reassurance,” can the oft-cited moral experiment of Heinz’s Dilemma help us understand why such challenging work isn’t more popular?...more
Two years ago, Rob Roberge and I lost our publishers when the presses set to release our forthcoming books simultaneously collapsed within a couple of months of each other...more