Posts Tagged: Wild

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #123: Erica Garza

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

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The Narrator-Guide: A Conversation with Sharon Harrigan

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Sharon Harrigan discusses her memoir, Playing with Dynamite, writing through the gaps in memory, and how the book has changed real-life relationships.

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What to Read When You Want a Fresh Start

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In keeping with the spirit of the New Year holiday, we’ve put together a list of books that deal with new beginnings—and the unexpected twists and turns that come after.

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Mapping Literary Road Trips

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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 […]

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Jill Talbot

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The author of The Way We Weren’t talks about why she decided to write about being a single mother, the effect it’s had on her daughter, and the adjunct crisis.

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The Rumpus Interview with Sean Wilsey

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Sean Wilsey discusses his latest book of essays, More Curious, being David Foster Wallace’s neighbor, the healing power of the American road trip, and the difference between writing fiction and memoir.

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The Rumpus Interview with Kara Richardson Whitely

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Author Kara Richardson Whitely discusses her new memoir, Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, surviving food addiction and the trauma of being molested, and what comes next.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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In the Saturday Essay, Kenny Ng evaluates the groundbreaking show Transparent and its attempt to raise awareness of transgender and genderqueer identities. In the show, Arrested Development’s Jeffrey Tambor plays Mort, a lifelong family man who comes out as a transgender women named Maura. The show’s creator, Jill Soloway, negotiates complicated psychological territory. In the […]

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Hornby Keeps It Fresh

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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 […]

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, what if your Christmas tree ornaments could tweet. Then, in the Saturday film review of Wild—the film adaptation of Dear Sugar columnist Cheryl Strayed’s eponymous novel—Kenny Ng praises Strayed’s “realness” and “punk aesthetic” while tempering expectations for the film. The author’s life-changing solo hike across 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail is rendered […]

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The Saturday Rumpus Review of Wild

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In simplicity there is truth, and being out in wide open spaces often has a way, like high-speed rail, to bring us back to simple things.

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Walking With Cheryl Strayed

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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. […]

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Dear Sugar, You Are Now Being Played by Reese Witherspoon

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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. Get psyched by reading through the […]

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Ethos of the Era

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The Atlantic ruminates on how Cheryl Strayed‘s espousal of “motherfuck-itude,” self-reliance, and radical empathy is especially relevant in our post-recession era. “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 […]

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On Not Playing It Safe

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“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. You can bat people over the head or you can entice them […]

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Wild‘s Earned Transformation

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“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.” At ZYZZYZA, […]

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A WILD Night

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If you missed Monday’s WILD Night with Sugar and The Rumpus, check out Electric Literature’s write-up and photos of the festivities. “As the band Widowspeak began playing and the reading ended, I thought that the dominant emotion throughout the evening was gratitude. This was not a book release party so much as a collective thank […]

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“Read It and Weep”

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At The New York Times, Dwight Garner reviews Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, revealing the “cumulative welling up” he experienced while reading. “…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. This book is as loose and sexy and dark […]

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