Weekend Rumpus Roundup


On this weekend in 1652, a law was passed in Rhode Island banning slavery in the colonies. Turns out that particular law didn’t cause much of a stir.

Unfortunately, some of today’s legislation intended to protect marginalized groups isn’t faring much better. See Stephen Elliott’s, “Eden Alexander, Crowd Funding, and Discrimination Against Sex Workers”, for a timely exposure of the prejudice one sex worker is facing right now.

Then, in the Sunday Essay, Zoe Zolbrod gives us a searching account of motherhood, temperament, and coping with your children’s coping methods:

The very difficult thing for me about my emotional and talkative children is that they foreclose my own tearless coping strategies, which I’ve been honing since before I knew how to ride a bike. They’re always knocking on my mind’s door, or just barging in.

That’s something worth hollering about.

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte, tNY.press, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →