Christopher Gonzalez discusses his debut story collection, I’M NOT HUNGRY BUT I COULD EAT.
Tags: Alejandro Varela, autofiction, Barrelhouse, bodies, bryan washington, Christopher Gonzalez, community, Danny Caine, desire, Diego Zuniga, eating, flash fiction, food, friendship, gatekeeping, Hannah Grieco, How to Sit, I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat, identity, Jenny Offill, justin torres, LGBTQ, Literary Community, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Puerto Rican, queer, Raven Leilani, regret, Santa Fe Writers Project, sexuality, SFWP, short fiction, short stories, Tyrese Coleman, Tyrese L. Coleman, we the animals
Liz Asch discusses her new book, YOUR SALT ON MY LIPS.
Tags: After the Rehearsal, AIDS crisis, Alex Behr, androgyny, Art Sex Music, bisexuality, bodies, Cardi B, Cleis Press, coming out, consent, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Craft in the Real World, Dan Savage, depression, desire, erotic literature, erotic stories, Erotica, fantasy, Gerhard Richter, hybrid genre, Ingmar Bergman, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, Liz Asch, masturbation, Matthew Salesses, Megan Thee Stallion, michael ondaatje, Monogamy, pansexuality, queer, queerness, sensuality, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, sexual taboo, sexuality, The Conversations, Tom Spanbauer, Tommy Pico, visual art, voyeurism, writing sex, Your Salt on My Lips
Kendra DeColo discusses her new collection, I AM NOT TRYING TO HIDE MY HUNGERS FROM THE WORLD.
Tags: 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, Against Memoir, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Alicia Jo Rabins, Ann Powers, Aracelis Girmay, BOA Editions, Braiding Sweetgrass, Camille Dungy, collaboration, COVID-19, desire, Eleanor Davis, Erika Meitner, Franny Choi, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Hanif Abdurraqib, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World, Italo Calvino, Jeffrey McDaniel, Jessica Hopper, Josè Olivarez, Julio Cortazar, Keith Leonard, Kendra DeColo, Last Evenings on Earth, LGBTQ, Mark Sandman, Michelle Tea, motherhood, mothering, mothers, Music, My Dinner with Ron Jeremy, nostalgia, pandemic, patrick rosal, poems, poetry, pop culture, postpartum depression, ppd, Preeti Vangani, Provincetown, queer, Revolutionary Mothering, Roberto Bolaño, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sarah Ruhl, sexuality, Stanley Kunitz, teaching, teaching writing, Thieves in the Afterlife, Tina Chang, Tyler Mills, Yusef Komunyakaa
Jo Lloyd discusses her debut story collection, SOMETHING WONDERFUL.
Tags: A Christmas Carol, allegory, appropriation, BBC National Short Story Award, debut collection, desire, Festival of Britain, heritage, historical fiction, It's a Wonderful Life, Jo Lloyd, Michael Welch, Nikesh Shukla, privilege, research, Russell T Davies, Sarah Hall, short fiction, short stories, Something Wonderful, Space Race, story collection, technology, UK, Wales, wikipedia, working class
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
Brandon Taylor discusses his new story collection, FILTHY ANIMALS.
Tags: Alvin Park, Black literature, Brandon Taylor, d.h. lawrence, desire, dinner parties, dinner party, Filthy Animals, Iowa City, LGBTQ, Madison, Midwest, moral fiction, morality, Prairie Lights, queer, queer desire, queer literature, queerness, Real Life, Riverhead, Riverhead Books, sadness, Sex, sexual trauma, sexual violence, sexuality, Sherwood Anderson, short fiction, short stories, story collection, Wisconsin
Leesa Cross-Smith discusses her newest novel, THIS CLOSE TO OKAY.
Tags: ageism, desire, Half-Blown Rose, leesa cross-smith, Monet Patrice Thomas, research, revising, revision, Roxane Gay, sexuality, So We Can Glow, therapist, therapists, therapy, This Close to Okay, Whiskey & Ribbons, Whiskey and Ribbons, WhiskeyPaper
“Yes: in terms of an authorial presence, I tried to tread lightly.”
Tags: 1990s, addiction, adolescence, Alexander Chee, beauty ideals, beauty industry, beauty standards, body image, Brianna Holt, Brideshead Revisited, Britney Spears, Catherine Lacey, cutting, Daniel Clowes, desire, disordered eating, eating disorders, Edie Sedgwick, Euphoria, female body, female body image, female friendship, female friendships, Forsyth Harmon, Framing Britney Spears, Ghost World, girlhood, Hermione Hoby, identity, illustrated novel, illustrator, Julie Buntin, Justine, Kate Moss, Leslie Jamison, LGBTQ, Long Island, Marlena, mary gaitskill, Melissa Febos, Milk Fed, Paul Stephens, Peter Bentley, queer, queerness, Quentin Blake, repressed queerness, samantha hunt, Sanaë Lemoine, Sarah Perry, self harm, sexual identity, sexuality, Sula, teenagers, The Art of the Affair, Tin House, Tin House Books, Toni Morrison, trauma, Two Girls Fat and Thin, visual art
Where my masculinity dwells, I am in control. ...more
Tags: Alabama, american south, bodies, bottoming, butch, Chella Man, dating, desire, dissociation, dysphoria, Emrys Donaldson, gender dysphoria, gender expression, genderqueer, hormones, kink, LGBTQ, masculinity, masochism, misogyny, polyamorous, polyamory, polycule, queer, queerness, relationships, rural, Sex, sexuality, South, Susan Stryker, T Fleischmann, Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through, tinder, topping, toxic masculinity, trans, transitioning
Fariha Róisín discusses her debut novel, LIKE A BIRD.
Tags: Amy Reardon, autofiction, Being in Your Body, capitalism, coming of age, debut novel, depression, desire, family trauma, Fariha Róisín, female sexuality, How to Cure a Ghost, I May Destroy You, immigrants, India, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Like a Bird, Michaela Coel, misogyny, muslim, patriarchy, rape, representation, Sex, Sex Scenes, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexuality, south asian, suicidal ideation, The Crown, trauma, Two Brown Girls, Unnamed Press, White Supremacy, writing sex
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discusses her new book, THE FREEZER DOOR.
Tags: A Childhood Biography of a Place, alienation, Begin Again, bodies, Book Club, Bruno Lloret, childhood abuse, childhood trauma, community, COVID-19, David Wojnarowicz, desire, Eddie Glaude, Elissa Washuta, Entering Sappho, gentrification, hybrid genre, LGBTQ, Loneliness, lyric essay, Makenna Goodman, mattilda bernstein sycamore, memoir, pandemic, queer, Rumpus Book Club, Sarah Dowling, Seattle, Semiotexte, Sex, sexual abuse, sexuality, The Freezer Door, The Rumpus Book Club, The Shame, trauma, trauma writing, White Magic, writing process
I want to see myself as a whole person. ...more
Tags: addiction, affair, childhood abuse, desire, fathers, fathers and daughters, infidelity, love, marriage, rehab, rehabilitation, Sex, sex addiction, sexual abuse, shame, Sue William Silverman, Voices on Addiction, withdrawal
Tara Isabel Zambrano discusses DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS.
Tags: Audra Kerr Brown, death, debut collection, desire, experimental fiction, flash, flash fiction, grief, Hindu, Hinduism, moon, Okay Donkey, religion, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, speculative fiction, spirituality, Tara Isabel Zambrano, Upanishads, Vedas
Healing is slow. Fast. Slow again. ...more
Tags: binary, black women, bodies, cancer, community, DC, death, desire, fathers, fathers and daughters, gay, gender, gender binary, gender dysphoria, Gender Identity, gender norms, genderqueer, identity, language, Lesbian, LGBTQ, microaggressions, misgender, nonbinary, queer, queerness, Racism, racist, sexuality, street harassment, Tahirah Alexander Green, toxic masculinity, trans, transphobia, trauma, Washington DC, women's bodies
Leesa Cross-Smith discusses her new story collection, SO WE CAN GLOW.
Tags: Alvin Park, desire, Every Kiss a War, female characters, femininity, flash fiction, Grand Central Publishing, high school, Jane Austen, leesa cross-smith, Monet Patrice Thomas, nostalgia, obsession, Pride and Prejudice, relationships, Scent, sentimental, sentimentality, Sex, sexual tension, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, smell, smells, So We Can Glow, teenage girls, teenagers, Whiskey & Ribbons, Whiskey and Ribbons, WhiskeyPaper
I wanted to stop withholding from them, but withholding was like a drug. ...more
Tags: abortion, addiction, Art, brothels, cheating, control, desire, divorce, drugs, Erin Khar, France, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, Heroin, infidelity, Intimacy, love, marriage, motherhood, Musee d'Orsay, painting, parenting, paris, pregnancy, recovery, relationships, Sex Workers, sobriety, Strung Out, Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me, Toulouse Lautrec
Jamie Beth Cohen discusses her debut novel, WASTED PRETTY.
Tags: addiction, adolescence, Black Rose Writing, bodies, class difference, class inequality, desire, Emily F. Popek, fathers, fathers and daughters, female bodies, gaslighting, gender inequality, gender roles, genre, Jamie Beth Cohen, Jennifer Mathieu, money, Moxie, Pittsburgh, Sex, sex positivity, sexual harassment, sexuality, teenagers, Wasted Pretty, women's bodies, YA, young adult
Malcolm Tariq discusses his debut collection, HEED THE HOLLOW.
Tags: american south, Book Club, brian spears, Christianity, church, cooking, Deep South, Derek Walcott, desire, food, graywolf, graywolf press, Heed the Hollow, historical violence, history, iowa, jehovah's witness, John Donne, LGBTQ, Malcolm Tariq, New Orleans, playwright, playwriting, poems, poetry, poetry book club, queer, queerness, Rage Hezekiah, religion, research, Rumpus Book Club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, savannah, Sex, sexuality, slavery, Stray Harbor, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, theater, violence, What the Twilight Says, Wit
…women’s writing has often been deemed too dark, too sultry, too frigid, too hysterical. ...more
Tags: #metoo, Alain Jouffroy, andre breton, Anne Hébert, Baudelaire, cancer, Carré Blanc, colette, death, desire, Egypt, Emilie Moorhouse, femininity, feminism, feminist, France, gender, gender inequality, George Bataille, grief, Joyce Mansour, Les Damnations, loss, Meret Oppenheim, misogyny, poems, poetry, Renée Vivien, Samir Mansour, Screams, Serge Gavronsky, Sex, sexism, sexuality, surrealism, surrealist, translation
I remember driving a bird mad once. ...more
Tags: Ajibode, Anne Carson, bdsm, cutting, desire, erotic, Fever Ray, gay, Ghosting, ghosts, globalization, homophobia, hypomanic, Internet, kink, Lagos, LGBTQ, Logan February, mania, marijuana, Mental Health, mental illness, Music, Nigeria, Plunge, queer, queer bodies, Safia Elhillo, Sara Parkman, self harm, Sex, sexuality, Susan Fraiman, weed
What follows, then, is a sort of first-thought-best-thought discussion of MORE BLOOD, MORE TRACKS. ...more
Tags: acoustic, acoustic guitar, acoustic music, Adam Braver, Biograph, Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, bob dylan, Catherine Bowman, Chekhov, desire, Dreaming of Dylan, Good as I Been to You, Joe Dizney, John Lydon, john wesley harding, Jolie Holland, Jon Pareles, Jonathan Brown, Louis Cozolino, Mary Lee Kortes, Mary Lee’s Corvette, Mick Jagger, More Blood More Tracks, Music, Nashville Skyline, new morning, Oh Mercy, Pete Hamill, Peter Blauner, Planet Waves, rick moody, robert christgau, Rolling Stones, Rolling Thunder Revue, songwriting, Steve Gunn, swinging modern sounds, The Basement Tapes, Time Out of Mind, World Gone Wrong
I have come to the desert in search of bones. ...more
Tags: animals, bodies, body, bones, book excerpt, coyote, desert, desire, exclusive excerpt, female bodies, female body, Indigenous, Native American, Navajo, nonfiction, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Sex, sexual violence, sexuality, Strange Attractors, Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance, vagina, vagina dentata, women's bodies
Kristi Coulter discusses her debut essay collection, NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS.
Tags: AA, addiction, adultery, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, amy hempel, blackout, Caroline Knapp, claire dederer, desire, drinking, essay collection, infidelity, Kristi Coulter, Laurie Colwin, Leslie Jamison, marriage, Mary Karr, Melissa Batchelor Warnke, Monogamy, Nothing Good Can Come from This, open marriage, perfectionism, recovery, Sarah Hepola, Sex, Since Right Now, sobriety, The Recovering
“If I didn’t allow myself to be vulnerable on the page, I wouldn’t get anywhere.”
Tags: Chelsea Hodson, consent, desire, essay collection, essays, female sexuality, gender norms, gender roles, Sex, sexuality, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Tonight I’m Someone Else, vulnerability, Yvonne Conza
Maybe I’m not bisexual. What am I? ...more
Tags: advice, advice column, AVEN, bisexual, dating, David Jay, desire, Emily Nagoski, labels, LGBTQ, love, Mandy Catron, Meredith Chivers, Mixed Feelings, pride month, queer, Rape culture, relationships, romance, Sex, sexuality
Joseph Osmundson discusses his memoir,
Inside/Out, intimacy, trauma, and the sometimes violence of desire. ...more
Tags: abusive relationship, bell hooks, Claudia Rankine, David Foster Wallace, Dennis Norris II, desire, domestic violence, Doug Powell, Ed White, emotional abuse, gay, homophobia, homosexuality, Inside Out, interracial relationships, James Baldwin, Joseph Osmundson, Kiese Laymon, LGBTQ, Melvin Dixon, memoir, New York City, Paul Monette, queer, Racism, Sex, sex writing, sexism, sexuality, Sibling Rivalry Press, trauma, washington
I applied for a job at Hooters on a dare a few weeks before my nineteenth birthday. A shoe salesman who worked across from me at the mall told me he’d pay me twenty dollars to apply. ...more
Tags: breasts, chicken, desire, disguise, essay, female bodies, Goth, grief, Hooters, Intimacy, Lizz Huerta, lust, male gaze, Mankind, masks 2017, Mr. Socko, patriarchy, Sex, sex work, sexism, sexuality, teenagers, thong, Wicca
For the rest of this month, Granta will be publishing the winners of the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, awarded to five writers from five regions of the globe, with the mission to connect storytellers across cultures through the power of fiction. This week’s featured winner is “Drawing Lessons” by Anushka Jasraj, from the Asia […]
Tags: Anushka Jasraj, asia, Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Commonwealth Writers, depression, desire, Drawing Lessons, granta, India, infertility, marriage, motherhood, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, this week in short fiction
Jane Alison discusses her autobiographical novel,
Nine Island, the value of truth in fiction, and unsubscribing from romantic love. ...more
Tags: aging, Australia, autobiography, Catherine Cusick, change me, Change Me: Stories of Sexual Transformation from Ovid, Charles Baxter, David Markson, Dept. of Speculation, desire, Echo, eroticism, fantasy, female body, fiction, gender roles, Great Gatsby, jane alison, Jenny Offill, love, Mary Robison, Mary Zimmerman, memoir, metamorphoses, Miami, mortality, Narcissus, nine island, nonfiction, novel, ocean, Ovid, pool, rape, relationships, Retirement, romance, Sex, sexual assault, sexuality, teaching writing, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, translation, violence, violence against women, water, Why Did I Ever, Wittgenstein's Mistress, writing
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