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Posts Tagged: cults

The Seductive Nature of Faith: Talking with Alex McElroy

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Alex McElroy discusses their debut novel, THE ATMOSPHERIANS.

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Finding Home in a Cult’s Aftermath: Talking with Ronit Plank

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Ronit Plank discusses her new memoir, WHEN SHE COMES BACK.

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Working from Memories of Memories: A Conversation with Lauren Hough

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Lauren Hough discusses her debut essay collection, LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING.

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Sleeping with Myself

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I exist in a field of landmines, never quite sure when one will go off or why.

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The Psychiatrist and the Butch

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My dad, a psychiatrist, wants to write a sex book.

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A Vocabulary for Apostates

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I needed to reshape the definitions of words that were used against me.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Chelsea Bieker

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Chelsea Bieker discusses her debut novel, GODSHOT.

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We’re All Unreliable Narrators: Talking with R.O. Kwon

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R.O. Kwon discusses her debut novel, THE INCENDIARIES.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Danzy Senna

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Danzy Senna discusses New People, inhabiting her characters without judging them, playing with the reality and surreality of identity, and pushing against traditional story arcs.

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The Rumpus Interview with Jerald Walker

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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.

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The Rumpus Interview with Carolyn Parkhurst

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Carolyn Parkhurst discusses her latest book, Harmony, writing about your personal life and family in fiction, and her fascination with cults.

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The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Keith Newton

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What’s interesting, of course, is how modern life could easily be seen in the opposite way—as an ever-expanding domain of individuality and self-expression.

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Podcatcher #1: Oh No, Ross and Carrie!

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In the first installment of our new column all about podcasts, we talk with Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy of Oh No, Ross and Carrie!.

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Deep Conditioning with Wilson Phillips

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“Don’t become a professor,” he said. “I’d rather you become a garbage man. They get paid more and have better benefits.”

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“The Sheer Fun of Researching” Cults

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Sociologist Susan Palmer studies new religious movements—“cults,” as the rest of us might call them—not out of morbid fascination or a desire to catalog their evils, but because she considers them “beautiful life forms, mysterious and pulsating with charisma.” Of course, it’s a controversial line of work, and involves more than its fair share of […]

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“Talk Dirty and Live Clean”

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If reading our interview with Peter Rock (and getting psyched for his reading tomorrow) has whetted your appetite for cult stories, check out this piece on Synanon by George Pendle, highlighted by Longform earlier this week. Things start out all right, with a recovering alcoholic named Chuck Dederich meeting with some Alcoholics Anonymous pals for […]

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Notable New York, This Week 5/10 – 5/16

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This week in New  York, Granta’s Sex Party, The Moth Mainstage presents Saints and Sinners, SLEIGH BELLS perform, Emily Gould celebrates her new memoir with a party, Sebastian Junger discusses his latest work, Chip Kidd, The Thing Quarterly presents issue 10 with Starlee Kine and Arthur Jones, Eteam in a group show Resurrectine and Jonathan […]

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