Posts Tagged: The Nervous Breakdown
Over at The Nervous Breakdown, Elise Sherman explores her literary roots in a self interview that touches on the South, her neo-Faulknerian tendencies, and the difference between New Orleans and the rest of the world....more
It took Gene Oishi 50 years to write his debut novel, a story about Japanese American identity and family during and after World War II. Over at The Nervous Breakdown, Oishi interviews himself about the process of writing Fox Drum Bebop:
I had a lot of excuses, but the reason I didn’t want to write about the war years was because I was unsure of who I was.
Excellent. When you’re asked, “Where do you get your inspiration?” what do you wish you could say, but keep to yourself?
That as a child, my parents fucked me up, and the only way to cope with that was to imagine a better life in my head, or imagine profound violence and/or retribution.
Sandwiched between fictions on one side and instructions on the other, a woman is often denied the breathing room necessary to find her individual sexuality. In a conversation at the Nervous Breakdown, Rumpus contributor Ashley Perez and author Cris Mazza discuss sexual pain (both mental and physical) and the damaging standards fabricated by literature and expected in life:
I want every woman who wrote [an unrealistic sex scene] to sit in a therapy group with me and describe her own sexual experience, so I can gauge these fictional ones.
Back in college, Chelsey Clammer proclaimed herself an ecofeminist with an outbreak of bumper stickers on the back of her car: “Tree Hugging Dirt Worshiper,” “‘The Only Bush I Trust is My Own (and underneath that I wrote ‘and my girlfriend’s’),” and “a slew of…rainbow Ani Difranco stickers.”
These days, she’s more partial to Lil Wayne than the Lilith Fair, but she hasn’t given up her ecofeminist ideals, as she explains in an academically rigorous essay for the Nervous Breakdown:
“My anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns, hun.” Mix-A-Lot views (a part of) himself as a snake—perhaps as being one with nature.
My daycamping-partner-in-crime was very excited about seeing Mark Ruffalo, and she really wanted to tell someone…but who is there to tell these things to when you’re conducting an illicit affair?
I was in the bathroom of a CVS with my best friend, Kaitlyn, when I first discovered I was pregnant....more
Laura is the recipient of the 2009 Grace Paley Fellowship for Fiction from The Juniper Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the 2011 SLS Literary Fellowship....more
“Surprised and interested, I visited the (The Nervous Breakdown), and what I saw was awesome. Hundreds of contributors–some rock stars, some mid-list, some hacks just getting their wings–all mish-mashed together on a content heavy website, driven by community and lots of Facebook linkage.”
Over at The Nervous Breakdown, James Bernard Frost calls the magazine publishing him a slut....more
“Stephen Elliott: I don’t generally hook up with people when I first meet them. And also, when you’re on the road, I don’t know, it’s kind of awkward. What I long for when I travel isn’t sex, it’s intimacy. I don’t know if you can have intimacy with someone you just met....more