Posts Tagged: addiction

How to Keep Calm and Carry On

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Your mind doesn’t play tricks on you. You play tricks on your mind.

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A Community of the People: Tommy Orange’s There There

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THERE THERE does not settle, it unsettles.

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Voices on Addiction: A Review of The Recovering

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As recovering addicts, we must love ourselves back to the source, love our shameful bits and decimations and not just our reconciliations and resurrections.

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Struggling toward Truth: Porochista Khakpour’s Sick

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Khakpour gathers courage, again and again, as she reaches into the most painful parts of her life, excavates them, and holds them up to the light.

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Coming Clean

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Intellectually, I know Gracie’s mom loves her and needs help. In practice, I just want my daughter safe.

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Being Human: A Conversation with Porochista Khakpour

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Porochista Khakpour discusses her new memoir, Sick, the difficulty of receiving good medical care, and the blessing of online community.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #138: Melissa Broder

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“We have what we need inside us already, it’s just a question of uncovering it, of remembering who we are again and again.”

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Splintered Doors

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This journey is ongoing. But I know this: my daughter will never have to break down a door.

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Discomfort, Desire, and Drugs: Talking with Ben Gwin

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Ben Gwin discusses his debut novel, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Regan Middleton, the book’s unique structure, and writing satire.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Melissa Broder

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Melissa Broder discusses her debut novel, The Pisces (Hogarth, May 2018), the importance of love between women, and mermaid sex.

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The Girl Next Door: Pot Docs and Loss on the California Coast

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[A]s with any documentary, every one of our stories eventually becomes a ghost story. On a long enough timeline, that is.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #131: Lisa Wells

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“I always feel like I’m starting over. I don’t know how I ever wrote a poem. I really do have that feeling.”

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The Delusion of Objectivity: Talking with Leslie Jamison

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Leslie Jamison discusses The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, understanding that every text is incomplete, and whether motherhood has changed her writing.

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The Intersection of Hope and Despair: Talking with Julien Baker

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Julien Baker discusses her latest album, Turn Out the Lights, the ways in which she approaches writing about difficult subjects, and the redemptive power in being open about sadness.  

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Tarnished, Shiny Exteriors: Kate Braverman’s A Good Day for Seppuku

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With A Good Day for Seppuku, Braverman has written a collection of intense images and exacting language

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #123: Erica Garza

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“[T]here was something really empowering about being honest and open about this part of myself. Somehow, writing helped lessen the shame.”

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Voices on Addiction: Dead Eyes and Bob Barker Crocs

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Broken people are drawn to other broken people. Comparing scars. Laying belly to belly. Two similar pieces of different puzzles.

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Finding Freedom

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We never want something more than when it has been taken away from us. The opposite of freedom is confinement.

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Rumpus Exclusive: Three Excerpts from AFTERWORDS

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Three exclusive excerpts from …AFTERWORDS, a new series of distinctive commentaries on great works of contemporary literature from our friends at Fiction Advocate!

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