Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, Grant Snider wonders, in cartoon form, what happens to lost ideas.

Then, in the Saturday Essay, Britney Spears superfan Sarah Sansolo admits that the Britney critics “were right about some things.” In the “pre-Glee dark ages” of the early 2000s, when teenage sexuality was still a somewhat taboo subject in the media, Sansolo’s fandom prompted her to make a realization about her own sexual identity.

Meanwhile, Jim Johnstone reviews Angular Unconformity, a collection encompassing the career of Don McKay, “preeminent Canadian poet of his generation.” The book showcases the award-winning writer’s command of metaphor in poems McKay chose to preserve. The best poems here, Johnstone declares, are “rapturous.”

Finally, in a brave and insightful Sunday Essay, Alexis Paige acknowledges her alcoholism and its uncontrollable beckoning. Paige uses a police holding cell, where she has been banished for drunk driving, as the launching point to examine her own narrative of addiction—“The dark thing that gnawed me from my marrow,” she writes. “I wanted its name.”

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 →