“What’s a six-letter word for ignoring truth,” she might say, without looking up from the puzzle. ...more
Tags: Alzheimer's, breakup, Catholic, dementia, divorce, family, husbands, husbands and wives, illness, Joseph Santaella Vidal, love, marriage, Miscarriage, model planes, mothers, mothers and daughters, pregnancy, relationships, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story, siblings, single mother
After the memorials, the funerals, the endless influx of flowers and casserole dishes and well-meaning texts, the collective retreats back into their lives and all that is left is the individual, grieving for months and years and perhaps even the rest of their own life. ...more
Dolly Alderton discusses her new novel, GHOSTS.
Tags: A Constellation of Ghosts, aging, attraction, COVID, COVID-19, dating, dating profile, dementia, Dolly Alderton, Everything I Know About Love, Ghosting, ghosts, identity, Internet, internet identity, isolation, lockdown, London, love, Mikaela Dery, Nora Ephron, online dating, pandemic, reality television, reality tv, relationships, television, television adaptation, The High Low, UK
Joshua Henkin discusses his new novel, MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS.
Tags: Alzheimer's, dementia, desire, faith, family, family dysfunction, fathers and sons, Hemingway, James Salter, Jane Ratcliffe, Jewish, Joshua Henkin, judaism, Light Years, Matrimony, MFA, Morningside Heights, Orthodox Jews, Orthodox Judaism, power dynamics, religion, siblings, Swimming Across the Hudson, teaching, teaching writing, The World Without You
Is he there? Does he hear? Does he understand? ...more
Tags: aging, childhood, Childhood Memories, China, communist, Communist revolution, dementia, family, family history, grandfather, grandfathers, grandparents, identity, illness, Kaohsiung, Mandarin, memories, memory, nostalgia, old age, San Francisco, stroke, taipei, Taiwan, Tong-Ching Lu, Wendie Yeung, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park
I remember when I learned there is a syntax to love. ...more
Tags: Abuse, aging, Altgeld Gardens, Breonna Taylor, Chicago, COVID, COVID-19, daughters, dementia, depakote, divorce, domestic violence, family, frontotemporal dementia, George Floyd, geriatric, geriatrician, guardianship, legal guardian, Lehman Brothers, marriage, memory loss, Mental Health, mothers, mothers and daughters, pandemic, police, police violence, Sarah Kersey, sisters, stutter
“While the past remains always present, old women exist in the present.”
Tags: A Room Of One's Own, ageism, aging, aging women, Alzheimer's, Approaches to Teaching Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Christine H. Lee, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Debra Dean, dementia, Elizabeth Taylor, fairy tales, gender inequality, gender roles, Jeanne Ray, Julie and Romeo, Leonora Carrington, literary tropes, male gaze, Margaret Drabble, Mills College, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, old women, patriarchy, Ruth O. Saxton, Ruth Saxton, She Writes, She Writes Press, TBI, The Book of Old Ladies, The Book of Old Ladies: Celebrating Women of a Certain Age in Fiction, The Dark Flood Rises, The Girl: Constructions of the Girl in Contemporary Fiction by Women, The Hearing Trumpet, the madonnas of leningrad, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Toni Cade Bambara, traumatic brain injury, virginia woolf, Woolf and Lessing: Breaking the Mold
For Chang, figurative language proves unsatisfactory when compared to the depth of her grief. ...more
Tags: book review, death, dementia, elder care, fathers, grief, Kion You, loss, mortality, motherhood, mothers, Obit, obituaries, parenting, poems, poetry, poetry review, review, Victoria Chang
Music was noise, and noise was music, and George Antheil was on his way. ...more
Tags: archives, archivist, Ballet Mecanique, California, carnegie hall, composer, cross-country, death, dementia, driving, Erik Satie, Ernest Hemingway, ezra pound, Fernand Léger, France, freeway, French, George Antheil, he Buccaneer, heart attack, highway, Hollywood, James Joyce, Kevin Starr, Knock on Any Door, los angeles, Music, Once in a Blue Moon, paris, Picasso, road trip, seasons, Shakespeare & Co.
For him, this is not life. This is not living. ...more
Tags: assisted living, Belgium, Carmella de los Angeles Guiol, chocolate, chronic illness, cooking, dementia, eating, family, fast food, fathers, fathers and daughters, feeding tube, food, food and family, France, French, key lime pie, manners, memory, memory loss, Mexican Coke, Miami, Pollo Tropical, Table Manners
“Trust that if you want to write that much it will find a way out of you.”
Tags: alcoholism, Alzheimer's, Catholic, catholicism, comfort eating, dementia, Eating Disorder, Elizabeth Pimentel, family, food, Irene O'Garden, Mango Publishing, memoir, Montana, nature, overeating, rafting, religion, Risking the Rapids, river rafting, siblings, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, therapy
Poets Barbara Crooker and Marjorie Maddox discuss their writing.
Tags: aging, Anya Silver, autism, Barbara Crooker, bodies, Christianity, death, dementia, faith, FutureCycle, Garrison Keillor, Grace Bauer, grief, heart disease, Julie Kane, Les Fauves, Local News from Someplace Else, loss, Marjorie Maddox, Mary Oliver, memory, motherhood, Nasty Women Poets, parenthood, parents, poetry, Poiema Poetry, religion, The Book of Kells, The Writer's Almanac, Transplant Transport Transubstantiation, True False None of the Above, Wipf and Stock
Barbie Chang is an intelligent, lively portrayal of the pressures on contemporary women (especially mothers), and a breathlessly entertaining read. ...more
Tags: Barbie, Barbie Chang, Books, Circle, Copper Canyon Press, daughters, dementia, Denise Duhamel, Jeannine Hall Gailey, kinky, motherhood, mothering 2018, Mothering Outside the Margins, mothers, Mr. Darcy, poetry, Reviews, satire, The Boss, Victoria Chang
Jorie Graham discusses her latest collection,
Fast, the terrifying destruction of our planet, a happy formal accident, and how to live in times of world crisis. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, american south, cancer, Civil War, death, dementia, dystopia, environment, environmental crisis, Erin Lyndal Martin, Fast, Harvard University, Jorie Graham, poetry, refugee crisis, Sea Change, Self-Portrait at Three Degrees, technology, water, water crisis
Is HBO’s bookish Westworld poised to give science fiction the Game of Thrones treatment? Antelopes, Bollywood, climate change, Brönte. National Geographic‘s autumn book recommendations—sushi, hiking, murder, oh my! Elon Musk name-drops Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (Also, we’re going to Mars?) Spotting dementia through diction in Agatha Christie.
Tags: agatha christie, bollywood, book recommendations, Bronte, climate change, dementia, Elon Musk, HBO, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, national geographic, science, science fiction, technology, weekly geekery, Westworld
The Caretaker’s Leyland Kirby will be chronicling through music the changes wrought by dementia on his own newly diagnosed mind. Kirby released a statement outlining the project: The series aims to enlighten our understanding of dementia by breaking it down into a series of stages that provide a haunting guide to its progression, deterioration, and […]
David Rivard discusses his new collection
Standoff, writing as both a public and private act, the interiority of reading, and Pokémon GO. ...more
Tags: aging, artist colony, book covers, charles simic, Civitella Ranieri, David Blair, David Rivard, David Tomas Martinez, Dean Young, death, dementia, Edmund de Waal, ellipses, Fanny Howe, fathers, graywolf, Italy, Jamaal May, Jean Valentine, Jeff Shotts, jehovah's witness, Kenneth Koch, Literary Community, Louisiana, Mark Halliday, masculinity, Michael O'Brien, modernism, My Poems Won't Change the World, Olena Kalytiak Davis, parenthood, parenting, Patrizia Cavalli, Pierre Albert Jourdan, poetry, Pokemon GO, punctuation, reading habits, Robert Creeley, Rumpus Book Club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Standoff, Stuart Dischell, The Hare with Amber Eyes, The Straw Sandals, vulnerability
There were six people under the same roof, surviving but not living. Because living requires stories. ...more
Tags: Abuse, adoption, Amy Robillard, brothers, bullying, child abuse, childbirth, childhood, death, dementia, depression, family, family secret, family stories, fathers, funeral, heart attack, mothers, parenting, parents, school, siblings, sisters, stories, storytelling, stroke, trauma, victim, victim blaming
At Vela Magazine, Leslie Kendall Dye discusses living with her mother who has dementia, and the connection between her mother and her own daughter: After dinner, I watch my mother and child play in my daughter’s shoe-box room. My daughter is dancing to Dick Hyman’s jazz rendition of The Nutcracker Suite. My toddler instructs my mother […]
Does the time come for everyone when holding it in just won’t do anymore? I kept the story of my abortion to myself until Michael broke up with me two years later. ...more
Tags: abortion, Amy Robillard, animals, brothers, cats, children, college, dementia, family, family secret, high school, mothers, mothers and daughters, parents, Planned Parenthood, pregnancy, pro-choice, pro-life
Hoping to gain some insight into the nature of love and family, Elizabeth Tannen begins to visit the elderly woman who was once like a grandmother to her and who now has Alzheimer’s.
Tags: Alzheimer's, Art, caregivers, dementia, elder care, Elizabeth Tannen, family, memory, old age, stepbrothers, stepmother
If you loved Jerry Stahl’s essay “Bad Moments in Parenting” as much as we did, be sure to check out the beautiful, devastating account of of one woman’s experience with dementia by Gerda Saunders. Her deeply personal essay gives insight to how a person reckons with keeping her identity as she struggles to remember her […]
The New York Times shares some sad news: Gabriel García Márquez has dementia, according to his brother Jaime. “He is no longer writing and is simply living this stage of life in peace… He reads every day and is with his family.”
No one comes in to check on me, no one asks if I’m okay after I finally emerge, embarrassed, my eyes completely red. They all love me, but not enough to forgive what I’m about to do. ...more
Tags: Baby, belle and sebastian, christmas, Christmas Eve, dementia, divorce, family, Gayle Brandeis, grief, High Fidelity, husbands and wives, marriage, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, pregnancy, relationships, separation, suicide, The Bourne Identity