Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her new story collection, VERGE.
Tags: carmen maria machado, Ceremonials, Claire Rudy Foster, Corporeal Writing, Doris Lessing, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gender roles, Greta Thunberg, In the Dream House, Katharine Coldiron, Lidia Yuknavitch, Margaret Atwood, Marissa Korbel, misogyny, Octavia Butler, patriarchy, queerness, sexism, sexuality, Shine of the Ever, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Book of Joan, The Chronology of Water, The Small Backs of Children, toxic masculinity, Verge
If nobody tells you what to call a feeling, your emotions have a gap. ...more
Tags: actors, Anne Carson, bodies, childhood, college, Derrida, female bodies, female body, femininity, gay, gender, gender performance, gender roles, If Not Winter, Judith Butler, Katharine Coldiron, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Marissa Korbel, naming, performativity, queer, queerness, San Francisco, Sappho, Sex, sexuality, shame, summer, Tahoe, teenagers, The Castro, The Thread, women's bodies
What a strange depiction. Mary, mother of Jesus, covered in hair. ...more
Tags: beauty ideals, beauty standards, bodies, body image, Christianity, electrolysis, Euphoria, femininity, fetish, gender inequality, gender roles, hair, hair fetish, haircut, Health at Every Size, James Carroll, long hair, Marissa Korbel, Mary Magdalene, modesty, myth, mythology, physical appearance, pixie cut, pixie haircut, religion, shaving, short hair, sugaring, The Thread, threading, tweezing, waxing, women's bodies
Katharine Coldiron discusses her forthcoming novella, CEREMONIALS.
Tags: bisexual, bisexuality, Ceremonials, David Lynch, experimental, experimental lit, Faulkner, Film, florence and the machine, ghost story, ghosts, Katharine Coldiron, KERNPUNKT Press, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, Mariana Magaña de Lio, Marissa Korbel, Music, novella, queer, queerness, Radley Metzger, sexuality, singing, Synesthesia, The Chronology of Water, The Sound and the Fury, Therese and Isabelle, Violet Leduc
Ghosts, like women as people, are just a theory. ...more
Tags: Abuse, abusive relationship, adolescence, Anne Rice, Carmen Machado, carmen maria machado, Dean Koontz, domestic abuse, domestic violence, Down Girl, emotional abuse, gaslighting, gender inequality, ghosts, If I Did It, In the Dream House, Kate Manne, L. J. Smith, Marissa Korbel, misogyny, Nicole Simpson, No Visible Bruises, OJ Simpson, patriarchy, Rachel Louise Snyder, Saidiya Hartman, San Francisco, Sidney Sheldon, spirits, The Thread, violence against women, Violence Against Women Act
Foster discusses their new story collection, SHINE OF THE EVER.
Tags: 1990s, 90s, astrology, celebrity, Claire Rudy Foster, coming out, faith, fame, family of choice, femme, genderqueer, I've Never Done This Before, Interlude Press, LGBTQ, Marissa Korbel, naming, nonbinary, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, patriarchy, Portland, Portlandia, queer, queerness, religion, Shine of the Ever, spirituality, tarot, The Last Unicorn, trans
This month, take a deep dive into The Rumpus’s psyche. ...more
We’ll bring the anti-monster spray; you bring the incantations. ...more
I don’t want to be a martyr or a monster. I want to be human. ...more
Tags: art monster, caterpillar, caterpillars, claire dederer, Dept. of Speculation, domestic inequality, domestic labor, emotional labor, gender equality, gender inequality, gender roles, husband, Jenny Offill, Marissa Korbel, marriage, motherhood, mothers, parenting, rape, Rufi Thorpe, sexual abuse, sexual assault, The Thread, the writing life, working mom, working mother, writing process
I can’t speak, but I can scream. ...more
Tags: abortion, autonomy, body autonomy, dilation and extraction, Dirty Dancing, Gonzales v Carhart, Jennifer Gunter, justice, late-term abortion, law school, legal system, Marissa Korbel, partial birth, Planned Parenthood v Casey, Portland, pro-choice, protest, reproductive rights, Roe v Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O’Connor, Stenberg v Carhart, Supreme Court, The Thread, TRAP laws, Webster v Reproductive Health Services, Whole Women’s Health v Hellerstedt, women's bodies
Jennifer Pastiloff discusses her first book, ON BEING HUMAN.
Tags: bodies, body image, Brene Brown, Corporeal Writing, deaf, deafness, depression, Eating Disorder, exercise, hearing loss, Jen Pastiloff, Jennifer Pastiloff, Lidia Yuknavitch, Manifest-Station, Marissa Korbel, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, On Being Human, teaching writing, writing workshop, Yoga
It’s just their story, and we don’t have to believe a word of it. ...more
Tags: 1990s, ambition, Beto O’Rourke, Bill Clinton, election, election 2016, election 2020, elections, Elizabeth Warren, feminism, gender roles, gender stereotypes, george bush, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, male privilege, Marilyn Monroe, Marissa Korbel, masculinity, Matthew Broderick, Misogynist, misogyny, Monica Lewinsky, patriarchy, Pete Buttigieg, Politics, privilege, Reese Witherspoon, Ross Perot, sexism, The Thread, Tom Perrotta, Tracy Flick, white privilege
The whole word suddenly fell apart, both as a concept, and as a sound. ...more
Tags: Annie Rogers, child abuse, child trafficking, Christopher Bollas, dissociation, Holly Austin Smith, Lacy M. Johnson, Marissa Korbel, PTSD, Roxane Gay, sex trafficking, sexual abuse, The Thread, The Unsayable, trauma, trigger warning, triggers
Misogyny reminds us of our place: down girl. ...more
Tags: Alexandra Fuller, Cheryl Strayed, Claire Vaye Watkins, confessional, Deep Creek, Down Girl, Elizabeth Warren, gender roles, gender stereotypes, Helene Cixous, Hillary Clinton, I Am Your, Kate Manne, Lidia Yuknavitch, Marissa Korbel, memoir, misogyny, Mother Winter, On Pandering, Pam Houston, patriarchy, personal essay, Reema Zaman, Revolution, sexism, Social Media, Sophia Shalmiyev, The Thread, women's anger
I was a little girl and all I wanted was to grow up. ...more
Tags: Aaron Sorkin, adolescence, aging, agism, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Schumer, Bill Clinton, Brett Kavanaugh, Brock Turner, childhood, Clarence Thomas, Donald Trump, gender roles, jailbait, Kate Manne, Marissa Korbel, patriarchy, Politics, puberty, Racism, Sex, sexuality, The Thread
Sophia Shalmiyev discusses her debut memoir, MOTHER WINTER.
Tags: addiction, alcoholism, autofiction, code switching, daughters, female bodies, feminism, first book, God, hebrew, Jewish, judaism, Marguerite Duras, Marissa Korbel, memoir, Mother Winter, mothers, mothers and daughters, religion, riot grrrl, Russia, sex work, sexual trauma, Sophia Shalmiyev, Soviet Union, superstition, trauma
Wendy Willis discusses her new essay collection, THESE ARE STRANGE TIMES, MY DEAR.
Tags: A Long Late Pledge, Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, corporations, Counterpoint, Donald Trump, essay collection, essays, government, John B. McLemore, Kavanaugh, law school, lawyer, Marissa Korbel, poetry, Politics, Portland, privacy, S-Town, secrets, Supreme Court, These Are Strange Times My Dear, transparency, Trump, Wendy Willis
I create myself, raise myself. I am mine. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, alcohol, death, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, Long Live the Tribe, loss, marijuana, Marissa Korbel, parents, Pot, Revolta Femminile, Sex, sexuality, T Kira Madden, The Thread
This is the story I needed as a young girl; this is the story we all need. ...more
Tags: anti-semitism, Barbra Streisand, beauty, beauty standards, Charlottesville, Felicity Jones, gender stereotypes, George Soros, Great Jewish Women, Harvard Law, Hollywood, Jemel Roberson, Jew, Jewish, judaism, Marissa Korbel, movies, Natalie Portman, On the Basis of Sex, Philando Castile, Pittsburgh, Rachel Brosnahan, RBG, Ruth Bader Ginberg, sexism, Tamir Rice, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Thread, White Supremacy, women's bodies
To control your story is to own your reality. ...more
Tags: Bonnie Nadzam, Brett Kavanaugh, Cameron Esposito, Christine Blasey Ford, Donald Trump, feminism, fencing, Greek mythology, Jessie Thompson, Kavanaugh, Marissa Korbel, Married Women’s Tort Act, Medusa, mythology, perseus, Poseidon, rape, rape jokes, sexual abuse, sexual violence, Supreme Court, Susan Collins, Sword, tarot, the justice system, The Thread, trauma, Trump
How much of gender and identity is about dressing up as the part? ...more
Tags: adolescence, Amy Chua, body autonomy, Brett Kavanaugh, clothing, costumes, daughters, Elle Woods, feminism, gender, gender inequality, gender roles, Halloween, Halloween costumes, Judge Kavanaugh, law school, lawyers, Legally Blonde, Marilyn Monroe, Marissa Korbel, motherhood, mothers and daughters, sexuality, Sharon Olds, The Thread, Transparent, witches
I am in a war, and some of the toughest battles happen in my head. ...more
Tags: Amy Schumer, bodies, body dysmorphia, body image, diet, female bodies, hunger, I Feel Pretty, Insatiable, Lindy West, Marissa Korbel, motherhood, mothers, My Fair Lady, objectification, postpartum, pregnancy, Pretty Woman, Roxane Gay, Shrill, The Thread, the wonder years, weight, Weight loss, Winnie Cooper, women's bodies
I’ve seen them in the post office, or stapled to utility poles, fluttering in the evening breeze. ...more
Tags: abduction, California Calling, Cary Stayner, Elizabeth Smart, female body, gender inequality, Gwen Ifill, Jaycee Dugard, Jaycee Lee Dugard, kidnapping, Marissa Korbel, murder, Natalie Singer, patriarchy, Polly Klaas, racial inequality, Racism, rape, sexualized violence, The Thread, trauma, women's bodies, Zach Sommers
Natalie Singer discusses her debut memoir, CALIFORNIA CALLING.
Tags: #metoo, California, California Calling, daughters, female body, first book, gender inequality, gender roles, Hawthorne Books, immigration, interrogation, Jewish, judaism, Marissa Korbel, memoir, mothers and daughters, Natalie Singer, nationalism, patriarchy, sexism, sexual aggression, sexual violence, trauma, women's bodies
The molecules are valuable even if the plastic we see is not. ...more
Tags: abandoned DNA, California, carmen maria machado, China, ecology, environmental crisis, Fraggle Rock, garbage, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, In a Dream, Isaiah Zagar, Jeremiah Zagar, Magic Gardens, Marissa Korbel, Marjory the Trash Heap, microplastics, Pacific Trash Vortex, Philadelphia, recycling, Refuse, San Francisco, South Philadelphia, South Street Renaissance, The Thread, Veena Sahajwalla
What I know and don’t know about men matters. What men know and don’t know about themselves matters more. ...more
Tags: American Psycho, ani difranco, anne of green gables, Brett Easton Ellis, class inequality, Commedia dell’Arte, Cormac McCarthy, Edward Norton, envy, Eric Schneiderman, fatherhood, fathers, fathers day, gender roles, Junot Diaz, Little Plastic Castle, Margaret Atwood, Marianella Belliard, Marissa Korbel, masculinity, masks, nathaniel hawthorne, Oscar Wilde, patriarchy, poverty, primal fear, privilege, rape, Rape culture, rapists, Samuel Smithyman, San Francisco, serial rapists, sexual assault, Tahoe City, Ted Haggard, Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, The Handmaid's Tale, the road, The Scarlet Letter, The Thread, toxic masculinity
Let’s take the women in our lives, and the women who came before us, off the pedestals but also, out of the graves of irrelevancy. ...more
Tags: adolescence, audre lorde, Bari Weiss, bell hooks, beyonce, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Demeter, eileen myles, feminism, feminist, Gloria Steinem, Hades, Hillary Clinton, idols, intersectionality, Katie Roiphe, Lena Dunham, Lidia Yuknavitch, Marissa Korbel, matriphagy, Meg Wolitzer, memoir, mentors, mothering 2018, Mothering Outside the Margins, mothers, mothers and daughters, mythology, Persephone, rebellion, teenagers, The Chronology of Water, The Female Persuasion, The Thread, This Is Love
Can a person with some agency ever claim victimization, or are agency and victimhood a binary? ...more
Tags: agency, domestic violence, Donald Trump, elissa wald, femme fatale, Film, francine prose, Goodbye Sweet Girl, Greek mythology, Jessica Rabbit, Kelly Sundberg, Marilyn Monroe, Marissa Korbel, Moby Dick, patriarchy, pornography, rape, Rebecca Solnit, Salomé, sex work, sexual abuse, sexuality, Sherman Alexie, Sirens, starbucks, Stephanie Clifford, Stormy Daniels, students, submission, teachers, teachers and students, The Blue Angel, The Thread, victimization
Is there a relationship between the violence that came through me, and the violence that came at me? ...more
Tags: Abuse, adolescence, Adrienne Rich, anger, child abuse, child molestation, child pornography, childhood, daughters, female bodies, female body, gender roles, hawaii, Kilauea, Larry Nassar, Marissa Korbel, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nahuku, rage, Rosemarie Aquilina, sexual abuse, The Thread, trauma, Ursula K. Le Guin, violence against women, volcanoes
Enchantment. Lying. Are they really so different? ...more
Tags: Anne Sexton, Byron Howard, daughters, Disney, emotional incest, Enchantment, fairy tales, Grimm, incest, Linda Gray Sexton, magic, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nathan Greno, rapunzel, Searching for Mercy Street, sexuality, Susan Faludi, The Thread, Transformations