Lit-Link Round-up

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The fabulously smart Roxanne Gay, interviewed in the fabulously smart podcast series Other People with Brad Listi.

Read Emily Rapp’s essay on female friendship, solicited for The Sunday Rumpus because I am obsessed with her.  Once you’re obsessed too, find more here.

And related to the chick-power theme, if you want to get your depression on re: the flip side (i.e. modeling), check out this from the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

Then, in your Is There A Gender War confusion, check out Lisa Dremousis’ claim, “I’m Mad at You Because You’re an Idiot, Not Because I’m a Woman.”

As is sometimes the case at HuffPo, their selections are kinda lame re: this “Bad Boys of Literature” list, but nothing with Hanif Kureishi on it can be all bad.

Up next Sunday, “Ten Reasons Not to Sleep With a Poet,” from Stacy Bierlein’s debut collection.  Full of stunning, heart-stopping one-liners worthy of early Ann Beattie and Lorrie Moore, and sexy as hell.

Speaking of sex: Bierlein and I also co-edited the anthology Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience, in which contributors like Jennifer Egan, Susan Minot, Aimee Bender and Lidia Yuknavitch narratively cross-dress.

Have you already seen this psychotically charming, Burning Man rendition of Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss?  For the love of all things fun, if not, check it out.

Why do you figure this near-dead Alexander Maksik sex scandal didn’t get as much press as Marie Calloway?  Though our author may be a bit of a wank, You Deserve Nothing was one of my favorite reads this year.

And kudos to Kate Zambreno, whose seethingly brilliant Green Girl is one of the only indie titles to make the Tournament of Books.


Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction and a forthcoming memoir, Blow Your House Down. Her novel A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014) is currently under development by Netflix as a series produced by Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver & Delilah. Her most recent novel, Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint 2016) was included on several “best of” lists for 2016, including Chicago Magazine’s and The Chicago Review of Books’. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, and as the faculty editor for both TriQuarterly Online and The Coachella Review. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, the LA Times, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and in many other magazines and anthologies. After two decades of teaching at many universities, including UIC, Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies, UCLA Extension, the University of California Riverside Palm Desert, Roosevelt University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, Gina is excited to be a student again at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Program for Writers, where she has returned to complete the PhD she left unfinished twenty years ago. More from this author →