Posts Tagged: The Nervous Breakdown

How We Cycle through Our Lives: Talking with Chelsey Clammer

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Chelsey Clammer discusses her new essay collection, Circadian, her writing process, and the body as text.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #84: Susan DeFreitas

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Picture this: a curbside juggler with a rose between his teeth. That’s the opening image of Susan DeFreitas’s powerful debut novel, Hot Season. Vivid (and sometimes strange) images strike again and again, conjuring ponderosa pines, cafés, old houses, and new characters. The book is firmly set in the fictional town of Crest Top, Arizona, and […]

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Slow and Steady

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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 […]

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Who Are We Writing For?

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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 […]

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Lil Wayne: Ecofeminist

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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 […]

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Next Letter in the Mail: Laura Bogart

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Gird your loins: the next Letter in the Mail, going out Monday, July 15, is from Laura Bogart! If you’d like to receive her letter, subscribe by noon PT tomorrow. 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. Her writing […]

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“Diva Boy”

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At The Nervous Breakdown, Rumpus contributor Melissa Chadburn writes about her relationship with her older brother. “By then Ken’s life was no secret. He’d already fought all his battles. His last battle was against AIDS. I thought about it everyday when I was dancing in the strip joints. I needed just enough cash to get […]

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On The Benefits Of Being A Slut

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“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 […]

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