Weekend Rumpus Roundup


Caroline Smith writes about parenthood and television in the Saturday Essay. The wildly popular AMC drama Mad Men provides a thematic frame for Smith’s own foray into marriage and motherhood. She even teaches a college writing course on the television show, allowing her to analyze the “messiness” of Mad Men and real life.

Then, Amy Uyematsu’s collection The Yellow Door gets a thorough exploration by reviewer Jeannine Hall Gailey. This “lyrical” book exposes hate speech through the theme of color. Pop culture and history also play important parts in this “brilliant” collection.

And in the Sunday Essay, Dionne Ford offers us a look at her love life and her mysterious penchant for redheads. A series of redheaded boyfriends leads her to ask herself probing questions about race and identity. She sees a therapist and embarks on a journey of self-improvement, but when she meets her husband, her love life comes into focus.

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 →