Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, in the Saturday Essay, Philip Roughton translates Icelandic writer Oddný Eir’s mirage-filled meditation on coming-of-age. Eir describes haunting images that float beneath her consciousness and in her dreams.

Then, Brandon Hicks illustrates the happy story of the girl who first created music.

Finally, in the Sunday Essay, Louise LeBourgeois examines her childhood in New Orleans and its influence on her identity as an artist. Realizing her paintings will never perfectly mimic reality, LeBourgeois is forced to reconcile the limits of what she can achieve with her artistic vision.

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 →