“You can make any topic
enough in the telling.” ...more
Tags: ...AFTERWORDS, Alden Jones, Cheryl Strayed, craft, Fiction Advocate, Hiking, impostor syndrome, literary analysis, Literary Criticism, Mathina Calliope, memoir, Outward Bound, The Blind Masseuse, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Wanting Was a Wilderness, Unaccompanied Minors, Wild, wilderness, writing process
I’d crossed a line and owned a new secret life. There was no going back. ...more
Tags: ...AFTERWORDS, Alden Jones, beauty ideals, beauty standards, bisexual, bisexuality, body image, book excerpt, Cheryl Strayed, college, coming out, community, Edmund White, exclusive excerpt, fat, fatness, femininity, Fiction Advocate, gay, Henry & June, homophobia, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Outward Bound, queer, queerness, Rumpus exclusive, sexuality, susan sontag, teenagers, The Wanting Was a Wilderness, Wild
Alden Jones shares a reading list to celebrate THE WANTING WAS A WILDERNESS.
Tags: Alden Jones, Andrea Lawlor, Before Night Falls, Cheryl Strayed, Deer Hunting in Paris, Faith Adiele, Giovanni's Room, In Open Country, jamaica kincaid, James Baldwin, Jean Craighead George, Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun, My Brother, My Side of the Mountain, Paul Bowles, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, Paula Lee, Rahawa Haile, Reinaldo Arenas, Rule of the Bone, Russell Banks, The Sheltering Sky, What to Read When, Wild
“I was moved to write the unspeakable and unsayable.”
Tags: Alden Jones, bodies, Eating Animals, filipino, grace talusan, hereditary illness, identity, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, intersectionality, Jonathan Safran Foer, memoir, memoryv, Nathan Rostron, new england, Philippines, Racism, Restless Books, sexual abuse, The Body Papers, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, undocumented immigrant, undocumented minors
Literary events in and around the Bay Area this week!
Tags: Adam Colman, Alden Jones, Amelia Mack, Anand Vedawala, Annalee Newitz, Anselm Jappe, Antónia Szabari, Ariel Richardson, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Bay Area, Brooke Barker, Caille Milner, Carla Freccero, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Christine H. Lee, Christine No, Diego Pirillo, Donald Nicholson-Smith, Erin Gibson, Gary Kamiya, Irena Yamboliev, Jack Shoemaker, Jane Newman, Jennine Capó Crucet, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Katherine Silver, Lisa Galloway, Lizz Huerta, Lou Berney, Luna Malbroux, Luna Merbruja, Lydia Kiesling, María Sonia Cristoff, Marcus Williams, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Matthew Siegel, Michael Johns, Michelle Goldberg, nato green, Notable San Francisco, Oakland, Phoebe Robinson, R. O. Kwon, Rachel Kushner, Roxane Gay, San Francisco, SF, Stephanie Reents, Sylvia Brownrigg, Transit Books
Jerald Walker discusses his memoir,
The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult, the story of his childhood in The Worldwide Church of God, and how the act of writing delivered him from bitterness. ...more
Tags: adolescence, alcohol, alcohol abuse, Alden Jones, autobiography, Billy Graham, blind, book titles, Chicago, childhood, Christianity, church, con man, cults, david sedaris, doomsday, Dorothy Parker, drug abuse, drugs, family, george saunders, ghetto, Grace Communion International, Herbert W. Armstrong, humor, interview, James Thurber, Jeanette Walls, Jeanette Winterson, Jerald Walker, Joseph Tkach Jr, mark twain, memoir, MFA, nightmares, nonfiction, Oral Roberts, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, religion, sexuality, Street Shadows, street violence, The Glass Castle, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, the world in flames, the worldwide church of god, white supremacists, White Supremacy, Worldwide Church of God
Saturday 11/26: Sarah Kay, Maeve Higgins, Phil Kaye, and Mark Doss read for refugees, as part of the Festival to Improve the World. The Wild Project, 4 p.m., $10. Monday 11/28: Jason Diamond launches Searching for John Hughes with a conversation with Danielle Henderson. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free. David Rivard and Sarah Sarai join the […]
Tags: Alden Jones, Alex Dimitrov, Alexander Chee, Amina Gautier, Ashley C. Ford, Brittany Spanos, Caitlin Moran, chloe caldwell, Christina Oliveres, Craig Morgan Teicher, Cynthia Cruz, Danielle Henderson, Darcie Dennigan, Darley Stewart, David Rivard, Dawn Lundy Martin, eileen myles, Hazel Cillis, Helon Habila, Ian MacAllen, Irina Reyn, isaac fitzgerald, Isaac Oliver, Jade Sharma, jason diamond, Jeffrey McDaniel, Jennifer Benka, Jennifer Falu, Jenny Johnson, Jive Poetic, Joy Baglio, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Kaye Toal, Kevin Nguyen, Kirsten Valdez Quade, Lauren Hilger, Lia Purpura, Lia Purpuro, Maeve Higgins, Marie-Helene Bertino, Maris Kreizman, Mark Doss, Matthias Reinhard-Deroo, Min Jin Lee, Mira Jacob, Natalie Diaz, Nathan McClain, Nicholas Lemann, Nicole Sealey, notable new york, Notable NYC, Ocean Vuong, Phil Kaye, Pilot Viruet, r. erica doyle, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Rachel Zucker, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Rickey Laurentiis, Rico Frederick, Robin Wasserman, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Sarah Kay, Sarah Sarai, Scott Adkins, Scott Alexander Hess, Shane Jones, Sonya Chung, Stephanie Rogers, Steven Levya, Tanwi Nadini Islam, Téa Obreht, Ted Dodson, Thylia Moss, Tyler Coates, vanessa willoughby, Venessa Marco, Yaya Bey, Yesenia Montilla
Garth Greenwell discusses his debut novel,
What Belongs to You, crossing boundaries, language as defense, and the queer tradition of novel writing that blurs boundaries between fiction and essay and autobiography. ...more
Tags: A Little Life, Alan Pierson, Alden Jones, American College of Sofia, autobiographical fiction, Bernhard, bulgaria, criticism, garth greenwell, Giovanni's Room, hanya yanagihara, henry james, Imre Kertesz, Intimacy, Iowa Writers' Workshop, James Baldwin, Javier Marias, Kentucky, Lidia Yuknavitch, miami university press, Mitiko, opera, pedro lemebel, privelege, proust, queer writers, Reinaldo Arenas, Sex, sofia, Teodora Dimova, the new yorker, Thomas Bernhard, Thomas Mann, translation, virginia woolf, W.G. Sebald, What Belongs to You
From Freedom to Purity, there’s no denying the man likes his themes. Over at Flavorwire, Jonathon Sturgeon reviews Jonathan Franzen’s forthcoming novel: Does Franzen truly believe his readers need to hear that the world is impure? For another take on Purity, check out Alden Jones’s Rumpus review of the novel here.
Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her latest book,
The Small Backs of Children, war, art, the chaos of experience, and that photograph of the vulture stalking the dying child in the Sudan that won the Pulitzer Prize. ...more
Tags: A Clockwork Orange, Alden Jones, Almanac of the Dead, anti-memoir, Artist, artist life, Bastard Out of Carolina, beloved, body, brutality, cult fiction, de kooning, Dora: A Headcase, Eastern Europe, Empire of the Senseless, fc2, Game of Thrones, Harper, Hawthorne Books, human trafficking, identity, Kevin Carter, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lithuania, mad men, memoir, multiple resolutions, Napalm Girl, Nick Ut, plot, Russia, singularity, Slaughterhouse Five, Steve McCurry, Sudan, The Chronology of Water, The Lover, The Small Backs of Children, The Things They Carried, Trainspotting, war, Zazen
Michael Carroll reviews UNACCOMPANIED MINORS by Alden Jones today in The Rumpus Books.