What is more American than the road trip? Steven Melendez has created an astonishingly detailed interactive map of the beloved institution as documented in twelve works of American literature. The books featured include Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Mark Twain’s Roughing It, John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, and Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Acid Test....more
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For the Atlantic, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz interviews Nick Hornby about his new book Funny Girl and his experience adapting Cheryl Strayed’s Wild for the big screen. While Hornby says he would not consider writing a screenplay based on his own books, adapting other authors’ work has helped him to mix things up and “keep things fresh”:
A lot of what Funny Girl is about for me is the experience feeling very happy doing a certain thing with a certain group of people.
Time works strange changes on the world. Some things grow dull, some grow wild, some erode past legibility. After Strayed saved her life, after she told her story, after that story became a best seller, strangers started asking her what she would say if she could go back in time and talk to her mother.
Rumpus contributor Micah Perks has a new eBook out on Shebooks called, Alone In The Woods: Cheryl Strayed, my daughter and me.
Micah Perks’ candid short memoir takes an insightful look at women and the wild, the wildness she experienced as a child on a commune in the Adirondack wilderness, the ways women and wildness are depicted in movies and books like Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir Wild, and the wilderness she discovers inside her own daughter.
“She’s not a hiker but … that hiking boot on the cover caught her eye. And she was just halfway into chapter one when she said she sat bolt upright in bed and realized that we had the same father.”
Cheryl Strayed (aka Dear Sugar) talks to NPR about finding the half-sister she had never met through her memoir Wild and a stroke of random luck....more
Here’s an informative little roundup of book news from the New Yorker‘s book-news blog.
Highlights include a 300-year-old cookbook, a “‘new type of fragmentation’ in contemporary literature,” and oh yeah—Reese Witherspoon is officially going to play our very own Cheryl Strayed in the movie adaptation of of her memoir Wild....more
“Strayed’s path—hauling her needed possessions on her back down a free trail in Wild, or her gospel of ‘nobody is going to give you a thing’ in Tiny Beautiful Things—is one in which any reader, regardless of income bracket, can find purchase… To the many people who are struggling with underemployment and debt, Strayed’s advice through her Sugar persona on how to move through the day is a solace: ‘The unifying theme is resilience and faith....more
“I want to shout it from the Web. In fact, I love this book so much and want to talk about it so much, I knew I had to reinvent my book club.”
Hey Oprah, we’re gonna let you finish, but the Rumpus Book Club chose Wild in March....more
“P.S. Reading is a commitment. You’ve got to disengage and pay attention. But when done right, you enter a whole ’nother world. Kind of like a great record, at least those of yore which were not background but doors to an alternative universe....more
“It’s not that she’s scraped off all the detritus of her past difficulties along the trail; rather, she’s become acutely aware of it and learned that the only possible way to proceed is forward, on a two foot-wide path, sweating and panting and bleeding – too exhausted to congratulate herself along the way.”...more
“…There’s nothing cloying about Wild. It’s uplifting, but not in the way of many memoirs, where the uplift makes you feel that you’re committing mental suicide....more
“When I feel afraid, that’s an indication that I’ve tapped into something worth writing about. Whenever my writing has made me cry or ask, ‘Can I really say that?’ that has always been the material that readers respond to most passionately....more
“Her account forms a charming, intrepid trial by fire, as she emerges from the ordeal bruised but not beaten, changed, a lone survivor.”
Publishers Weekly reviews Rumpus contributor Cheryl Strayed’s Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail....more