Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, in the Saturday Essay, Katie Anderson Howell reflects on a fond and revealing appreciation for the wacky cartoon satire Futurama. The antics of its irreverent protagonists, the time traveling Fry and the one-eyed space captain Leela, loop comfortingly in the background of Howell’s real life. Futurama reassures Howell and provides encouragement in moments of self-doubt.

Then, Liska Jacobs’s romantic camping trip with her husband to California’s Santa Catalina Island serves as the nostalgic focus of the Sunday Essay. Jacobs recalls a passing storm, a “technicolor” sea, and a mysterious Catalina Island fox, “her ears big, a sweet little triangular face.” She summons memories with lyrical precision, which is all the more important when they predate tragedy.

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 →