Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, the topic of artificial intelligence is the focus of drama in the Saturday Review of Ex Machina. Joe Sacksteder describes the “murky moral terrain” of the film, which follows an unwitting participant in a modern-day mad scientist’s experimentations.

Then, in the Sunday Essay, Thea Goodman shares a difficult story of harassment from her teenage years. The cringe-worthy comments of Keith, the elevator attendant, lead Goodman to report him to her parents. Their callous response sparks an epiphany: “…the reaction to my confession taught me all I needed to know about both feminism and being a writer.”

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 →