Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, Grant Snider puts us in the right frame of mind and Steven Kraan personifies Sunday.

In the Bay of Fundy, between Maine’s northeast coast and the western shores of Nova Scotia, lies an island called Grand Manan, whose windswept landscape serves as a source of inspiration and meditation for Alison Hawthorne Deming. Lobsters are a lynchpin of the island economy. As she grieves for her late brother, Deming releases a live lobster back into the ocean and wonders if “instinct is a measure of the spiritual life of animals, something they can’t control that drives them to their fate, something insubstantial that becomes as real as solid things.”

Then, in the Sunday Interview, Martha Bayne talks with Leslie Jamison about her New York Times-bestselling essay collection, The Empathy Exams. From the animated movie Frozen to Taylor Swift’s music videos, Jamison and Bayne examine the interplay between female stereotypes of vulnerability and empowerment. We all must deal with pain, and though it is “not always… redemptive,” it is a part of our identities.

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 →