Posts Tagged: chronic illness

A Séance of a Book: Talking with Allie Rowbottom

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Allie Rowbottom discusses her debut memoir, JELL-O GIRLS.

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Removed

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This is a cautionary tale, of how trying to be a tough girl can almost destroy you.

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You Can Never Escape the Jersey Shore

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To watch Jersey Shore is to watch my fantasy, only it’s an imperfect recreation.

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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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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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Look at How the Bullets Have Missed

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I praise everyone I can still touch, their warmth a violent protest against the cold weapons of death.

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Inheritance

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I married a man who is related to me. I started dating him when I was seventeen and of course, my mother immediately liked him. He grew up in my parents’ hometown.

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Breaking the Rules: A Conversation with Amy B. Scher

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Amy B. Scher discusses her memoir, This Is How I Save My Life, what to do when all available treatments have failed, Trump’s presidency, and the power to heal.

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Both Us and Not Us: A Conversation with Will Boast

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Will Boast discusses his new novel, Daphne, Roman myths, emotional control via cell phone towers, and the rise of the “neuro novel.”

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What Did You Expect, Though?

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The immune system, meant to protect a body from foreign invaders, works too assiduously, sees danger where there is none, turns on itself. Such conditions lend themselves to metaphor.

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Unbound

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It’s always been ground glass, scraping against my insides. I imagine a light held to the place where I open would illuminate a mess of torn flesh, throbbing red-wet.

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Breaking Through: Gayle Brandeis Discusses The Art of Misdiagnosis

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Gayle Brandeis discusses her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, out today from Beacon Press.

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The Colonizer

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It felt like one of those soundtracks where the needle scrapes across the record, and silence prevails.

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All of Our Pre-Existing Conditions

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We admit ourselves to the list of conditions, confess to the hospitals we’ve entered over the years. Through my glowing phone screen the body pokes through.

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The Gate of Permission: A Conversation with Victoria Redel

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Victoria Redel discusses her newest novel, Before Everything, living through and beyond grief, and why she loves secrets.

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Metaphors for My Forgetful Heart

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My body is a drum, its last vibration fading out. My body is a temple, serene and contemplative, all voices finally stilled. My body is a glider plane, floating on warm currents of air in the eerie, engineless quiet.

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The Rumpus Interview with Esmé Weijun Wang

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Esmé Weijun Wang discusses her first novel, The Border of Paradise, about a multi-generational new American family, creative expression through writing and photography, and interracial relationships.

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Light/Dark

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At the New Yorker, Ed Caesar interviews Anna Lyndsey, author of the memoir Girl in the Dark, about her mysterious light sensitivity that kept her in the dark for over a decade. Citing prominent dermatologists, Ceasar questions Lyndsey’s symptoms and explores the possibility that they were psychosomatic, a possibility Lyndsey herself dismisses: My situation was so extreme, rare and […]

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