Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, in the Saturday Essay, Terese Marie Mailhot considers the strange and tragic ways life wounds Native American women. She remembers running away from her home, the reservation. “Native women walk alone from the dances of their youth into homes they don’t know for the chance to be away,” she writes.

Meanwhile, Brandon Hicks considers alternative lives in “For Whom?”

Then, Amy Strauss Friedman reviews Elizabeth Crane’s “groundbreaking” novel, The History of Great Things. Crane’s fictionalized reconstruction of her relationship with her critical mother, who recently passed away, asks important questions about the nature of perception.

Finally, in the Sunday Interview, Heather Kenny talks with Ask Polly advice columnist, critic, and memoirist Heather Havrilesky about the inspiration she received from Cheryl Strayed and the wisdom she has gained from over a decade of writing advice.

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 →