Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, Brandon Hicks complicates stereotypes of the lower classes in a comic spoof of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his famous wife, Zelda.

Then, in the Saturday Essay, Melissa Kingbird recounts her experience at Standing Rock, on the outskirts of a Native American reservation. Kingbird’s participation in the Native occupation of disputed land is punctuated by apocalyptic descriptions of unchecked midnight fires on the dry plains and the helicopter blades of the National Guard. A boy almost drowns in the cold river, and bystanders are forced to dive in and pull him out when police fail to appear.

Finally, in the Sunday Essay, L.M. Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas shares an excerpt from her forthcoming collection of essays, Don’t Come Back. In “Tinfoil Astronaut,” Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas recalls her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, growing up in Colombia, and the first dog to travel into space on Sputnik II.

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 →