Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, the Rumpus exclusive video premiere of The Size Queens’s To The Country.

Then, in the Saturday Review of Mad Max: Fury Road, Devin O’Neill explores the movie’s seeds of feminist thought. Though the film is undeniably brutal and violent, O’Neill highlights its anti-patriarchal implications. The story, he argues, is “about possessiveness, and about how generosity and compassion… redeem the world and the individuals in it.”

Meanwhile, Rebecca Bornstein trumpets Celeste Gainey’s poetry collection The Gaffer, in which the author’s “sparse” imagery “provides no commentary, only illumination.” Gainey employs a stark color palette in Bornstein’s review of this “fantastic and luminous” book.

Lastly, according to Rob Roberge, Patrick O’Neil’s debut memoir, Gun Needle Spoon, “grabs the reader from page one and doesn’t let up until you’ve turned the last page and are left moved, disturbed and a little out of breath.” In the Sunday Interview, O’Neil opens up about the trauma of heroin addiction and losing close friends to overdoses. He admits:

 …After a lot of deep internal work on myself I was able to take full responsibility for my actions, while also realizing that some events I had no control over. I could either be a victim or forgive those that had wronged me and move on. It was a total cathartic experience.

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 →