Some people say that the humidity in Pennsylvania makes them feel suffocated. That night, and even now, it makes me feel loved. ...more
Tags: adolescence, childhood, consent, crush, divorce, Eating Disorder, Elizabeth Deanna Morris Lakes, family, love, motherhood, mothers, parenting, Pennsylvania, Power Rangers, pregnancy, surgery, touch, touch therapy
The 2018 Whiting Awards winners share books that have inspired them, plus a giveaway!
Tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Agnes Smedley, amy hempel, Anne Boyer, Antoinette Nwandu, Black Gay Man, Boy with Thorns, brontez purnell, chemistry, Collected Poems, cotton candy on a rainy day, crush, Daughter of Earth, Delicate Edible Birds, Diane di Prima, Esmé Weijun Wang, Feather on the Breath of God, Frederick Douglass, Garments Against Women, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami, Heads of the Colored People, home, lauren groff, lydia davis, Marilynne Robinson, My Bondage and My Freedom, myriam gurba, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Nathan Alan Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Painting Their Portraits in Winter, Patty Yumi Cottrell, reading recommendations, Revolutionary Letters, Richard Siken, Rickey Laurentiis, Robert Hayden, Robert Reid-Pharr, Shunryū Suzuki, Sigrid Nunez, since i laid my burden down, Tennessee Williams, The Border of Paradise, The Collected Schizophrenias, The End of the Story, Tumble Home, Weike Wang, What to Read When, Whiting Award, Whiting Awards, Zen Mind Beginner's Mind
We seldom forget when people promise to give us something, whether we need or want that thing or not. I promise you death, you want a death. ...more
Tags: adolescence, aging, brothers, Carl Napolitano, children, crush, death, fairytale, family, ghosts, high school, LGBTQ, magic, Rumpus Original Fiction, secrets, short fiction, siblings, sisters, teenagers, witch, witchcraft, witches
Do you keep a dream journal? I started as a teenager, and continue on-and-off. Sometimes I can’t tell the difference between a dream and a memory. Does this happen to you? Or am I confessing to something strange and pathological? Where is the line between pathology and creativity?
Tags: Aleppo, America, Charles Kruger, crush, Donald Trump, dream journal, dreams, experience, memories, memory, Russia, syria, The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse, therapy
To lift the censorship, degradation, and foreclosure of girls’ fantasies, we may have to investigate the gendered limitations on how we think about early loves, impulses, celebrity crushes, and maybe, sexually stirring gentleman pirates. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Adrienne Barbeau, Alison Jaggar, Andrew McCarthy, Cathy Alter, chastity, childhood, crush, Dave Singleton, desire, Donny Osmand, femininity, feminism, feminist theory, Foucault, gender, gender roles, Harry Chapin, Jenny Block, Jill Kargman, Jinnie Lee, Jodi Picoult, Judith Butler, Kate Poor, Kim Novak, Larry Doyle, Legolas, Lord of the Rings, masturbation, Michelle Brafman, Orlando Bloom, Pirates of the Caribbean, Precarious Life, Sara Ahmed, Sex, sexuality, Stephen King, StyleCaster, The Cultural Politics of Emotion
When people asked what I was going to do after high school, I said, “Leave town.” I wasn’t kidding. I hadn’t applied to a single college. ...more
Tags: Axl Rose, bullying, crush, Elizabeth O'Brien, fathers, fathers and daughters, Grunge, Guns N' Roses, handwriting, high school, homophobia, kissing, Kurt Cobain, making out, Megadeth, metallica, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, new wave, Paradise City, parents, punk, Racism, racist, rock n roll, Rumpus music, shame, Songs of Our Lives, spin the bottle, teenagers, The Beatles, Thoreau
Every one of these gorgeously written books will explode your brain and the stories will transport you, even as they grapple with binaries, traditional roles, narrow expectations, breaking free, who we are…. and who we long to be. Sex, gender, identity, sexuality…as much as anything, this reading list is about being human. Enjoy.
Tags: Achy Obejas, Anna March, Bitch in the House, Butch Queens Up in Pumps, Cathi Hanauer, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, crush, Doris Lessing, erika wurth, Foucault, Hilton Als, Jam on the Vine, Judy Blume, julia serano, Kristiina Ehin, LaShonda Katrice Barnett, Lawnboy, Marlon M. Bailey, Meaty, Memory Mambo, My Year of Meats, Paul Lisicky, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, Richard Siken, Ruth L. Ozeki, Sallie Tisdale, Samantha Irby, Talk Dirty to Me, The Golden Notebook, The History of Sexuality, The Women, Walker on Water, Whipping Girl, Wifey
In the driest language possible, I would say that fan fiction successfully undermines the traditional American heteronormative dynamic in ways that can’t be undone. In wetter language, fan fiction sexualizes. It’s transgressive because it suggests the possibility of the erotic. It’s political, because it complicates power structures. And it’s personal, because it grants permission for […]
He’s a cute mensch, I gathered, a cuddly fellow with a well- groomed beard, sad eyes, and, most importantly, a comforting voice that sounded like he was about to either cry or laugh. ...more
Tags: Adam Scott, addiction, celebrity crush, Chelsea Peretti, comedy, Comedy Bang Bang, crush, Don't Stop Or We'll Die, drug addiction, Harris Wittels, Jewish, journalism, love, obsession, overdose, Parks and Recreation, podcasts, pubic hair, Scott Aukerman, television, tinder, twitter
It is a world where camp has replaced art. There is something safe and comforting in the smallness of this world; it is a world we recognize. ...more
Tell me, Richard, that I, too, will never get used to this. ...more