Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, in the Saturday Interview, Arielle Bernstein talks to writer and workshop facilitator Jen Pastiloff. Pastiloff’s project, The Manifestation Workshop: On Being Human, combines yoga and creative writing to inspire participants. She speaks openly about anorexia, healing as a process, and how to build self-esteem. In describing her workshops, Pastiloff says:

People move their bodies and write and share and laugh and go inward as well as outward, and I challenge them to be silly and dorky and “give less fucks.”

Then, in the Sunday Essay, Cathy Bell reaches into the past for memories of her grandmother, an elegant and influential woman who both cared for Bell and also helped hide her from her own mother. Bell juxtaposes her memories with the fairy tale world of Once Upon A Time, the immersive television show where it is often hard to tell villains apart from the good people.

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 →