This book is disarmingly—in fact, unnervingly—amoral. ...more
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Dani Putney discusses their debut poetry collection, SALAMAT SA INTERSECTIONALITY.
Tags: a. poythress, American West., Andrea Gibson, Asian American, audre lorde, bildungsroman, Borderlands, coming of age, Dani Putney, debut collection, Filipinx, Gender Identity, genderqueer, intersectionality, LGBTQ, masturbation, MFA, mixed race, mother tongue, Neil Hilborn, neurodivergent, Okay Donkey, Okay Donkey Press, personal essay, queer, queerness, Salamat sa Intersectionality, Sarah Kay, Spanish, spoken word, sylvia plath, Tagalog, Video Games
In short, lightness is the capacity to leave without regret. ...more
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Teresa Carmody discusses her debut novel, THE RECONCEPTION OF MARIE.
Tags: adolescence, American exceptionalism, Amway, bible belt, bildungsroman, Catholic, catholicism, Christian Reformed Church, Christianity, church, churches, Cruddy, debut novel, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, faith, feminism, feminist, Grand Rapids, LARB Books, Les Figues Press, LGBTQ, Lynda Barry, Maison Femme: a fiction, Michigan, puberty, Pure Flix, queer, queerness, religion, Ryan Rivas, Stetson University, teenagers, Teresa Carmody, The Reconception of Marie, Zondervan
But this is We Ride Upon Sticks : someone’s perm falls out, someone becomes prom queen. ...more
Tags: 1980s, 80s, andrew mckernan, bildungsroman, book review, Brat Pack, collective memory, coven, Emilio Estevez, field hockey, foreshadowing, Gen Z, Heathers, Helen Oyeyemi, high school, LGBTQ, Molly Ringwald, New Hampshire, omniscient narrators, Quan Barry, queer, review, salem, Salem witch trials, sports, stereotypes, team sport, teenage girls, teenagers, tropes, we ride upon sticks, witchcraft, witches
There are no line breaks here because there are no breaks here. ...more
Tags: academia, bildungsroman, book review, CNF, creative nonfiction, education, education system, educational system, genre, hybrid genre, kunstlerroman, Marie Alexander Poetry Series, memoir, Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, parenting, poems, poetry, school, Stacey Waite, students, teachers, teaching, Teaching Queer, Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing, University of Pittsburgh press, White Pine Press, William Wordsworth, You Are No Longer in Trouble
She wants us to know the mental and emotional labor is exhausting. ...more
Tags: "Trap Queen", bildungsroman, book review, Build Yourself A Boat, Camonghne Felix, childhood abuse, debut collection, Emily Pérez, George Zimmerman, google, Haymarket Books, Mental Health, microaggression, misogynoir, misogyny, molestation, mothers, mothers and daughters, poems, poetry, racial inequality, racial violence, Racism, rape, Sex, sexual assault, sexual violence, sexuality, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, Trayvon Martin, W.E.B. Du Bois
Lisa Locascio discusses her debut novel, OPEN ME.
Tags: adolescence, bildungsroman, bodies, coming of age, debut novel, denmark, Eileen, Elif Batuman, female bodies, female friendship, female sexuality, first book, friendship, Gone Girl, Janet Frishberg, Joyland, Julie Buntin, Lisa Locascio, menstruation, Open Me, Ottessa Moshfegh, scatology, Sex, sex writing, sexual assault, sexuality, teenagers
Rosellen Brown discusses her new novel, THE LAKE ON FIRE.
Tags: Am Olam, Ande Manners, Before and After, bildungsroman, Chicago, civil rights, Gilded Age, immigration, Jewish, Poor Cousins, research, Rose Pastor Stokes, Rosellen Brown, Sarabande, Sarah Gorham, Some Deaths in the Delta, The Autobiography of My Mother, The Lake on Fire, Wisconsin, Zoe Zolbrod
Leslie Pietrzyk discusses her new novel,
Silver Girl, writing a nonlinear narrative, and depicting female friendships in new ways. ...more
Tags: Another Brooklyn, Big Little Lies, bildungsroman, Emma Cline, female friendship, friendship, Girls, jacqueline woodson, Leslie Pietrzyk, little women, Mandy Berman, Mary McCarthy, rachel hall, Sex and the City, Silver Girl, The Girls, The Group, The Perennials, Thelma & Louise, this angel on my chest, Tylenol murders
Saleem Haddad discusses his debut novel
Guapa, the Orlando shootings, the importance of queer spaces, and Arab literature. ...more
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Asali Solomon discusses her debut novel,
Disgruntled, narrative structure, the mythology of memory and place, and returning to Philadelphia after years away. ...more
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At the end of the day, all we have to hold onto, really, is other people’s stories. And that’s how Alizah Solario’s series “Writers on Wheels Getting Tea” was born. The first interview features author Amy Sohn.
Tags: A Short History of Decay, acting, Alizah Salario, Amy Sohn, anxiety, artforum, bildungsroman, Bookforum, depression, Desperate Housewives, Female Trouble, geoff dyer, John Strausbaugh, John Waters, Law & Order, less than zero, Maidenhead, Motherland, New York Press, Prospect Park West, Run Catch Kiss, Slaves of New York, Steven Glass, The Blowup Boyfriend, Writers on Wheels Getting Tea
The Rumpus talks to David Bezmozgis about Israel, making fact into fiction, politics in novels, and his new book,
The Betrayers. ...more
Tags: Arthur Koestler, Bernard Malamud, bildungsroman, Cam Terwilliger, cell phones, comedy, Crimean peninsula, Darkness at Noon, David Bezmozgis, digital life, email in fiction, gaza, israel, kgb, Natasha, Novelist, novels, palestine, philip roth, point of view, Politics, refuseniks, Russia, smartphones, Soviet Jews, Stalinism, The Betrayers, The Fixer, The Free World, The Ghostwriter, West Bank, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, writing, Zionists
Debut novelist Will Chancellor talks about successful satire, destroying drafts of
A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall to get to the finished version, and the advantages of fiction over competing media. ...more
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