Memorial Day Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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We hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend. We certainly did—we chowed down on delicious Rumpus features.

First, an interview with Joshuah Bearman. He’s the journalist who wrote the article Argo is based on, and he talked to us about the unique challenges and rewards of narrative nonfiction, including “despotic pretenders to the Santa throne.”

Then, an original short story, “My Friend, the Painter Joan Miró.”

Joan Miró would have picked me up at the hospital. He would have taken care of me, made me tea….But I am alone here, trying to control another hot wave of blood from seeping out of me. My knees buckle and I clutch the metal bed frame to steady myself.

And lastly, Rachel Monroe grapples with disaster in West Texas and West, Texas. What does it mean to be an emergency medical technician or a firefighter, when “your trauma high is always someone else’s trauma”?


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →