Apples do not grow “true to seed,” meaning that what you put in the ground isn’t always what comes back out of it. ...more
Tags: adam and eve, Angie Romines, apples, child bride, child marriage, childbirth, daughters, David Benscoter, Dolly Parton, EJ Brandt, Elizabeth Seaborn, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, family, family history, Fort Wayne, fruit, gender inequality, gender roles, genealogy, God, Henry C. Hazelwood, Indiana, Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Appleseed Festival, Keavy, Kentucky, Little House on the Prairie, marriage, memories, memory, motherhood, mothering, orchards, parenting, religion, Riverhaven, rural, rural life, Susan Bishop, Temperate Orchard Conservatory, trees
Jonathan Parks-Ramage discusses his debut novel, YES, DADDY.
Tags: #metoo, abusive relationship, abusive relationships, Amazon Studios, Bryan Singer, Christianity, codependency, conversion therapy, daddies, debut novel, domestic abuse, domestic violence, dysfunctional relationships, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, fathers, fathers and sons, gaslight, gaslighting, gay, gay nightlife, Greg Mania, Hamptons, identity, Internet, Jonathan Parks-Ramage, Kevin Spacey, legal system, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Long Island, New Abbey, Patrick Moran, power dynamics, power inequality, privilege, queer, queer literature, queer relationships, queer representation, religion, representation, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual violence, spirituality, Stephen Dunn, tropes, wealth, Yes Daddy
Teresa Carmody discusses her debut novel, THE RECONCEPTION OF MARIE.
Tags: adolescence, American exceptionalism, Amway, bible belt, bildungsroman, Catholic, catholicism, Christian Reformed Church, Christianity, church, churches, Cruddy, debut novel, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, faith, feminism, feminist, Grand Rapids, LARB Books, Les Figues Press, LGBTQ, Lynda Barry, Maison Femme: a fiction, Michigan, puberty, Pure Flix, queer, queerness, religion, Ryan Rivas, Stetson University, teenagers, Teresa Carmody, The Reconception of Marie, Zondervan
I’ve known since I was a child that the world is ending. I felt it in my bones. ...more
Tags: addict, addiction, alcohol, alcoholism, Apocalypse, armageddon, Christianity, church, college, coming out, community, depression, drug use, Emme Lund, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, Facebook, gay, gender, gender dysphoria, God, Hormone Replacement Therapy, hormone therapy, LGBTQ, MDMA, mushrooms, nightmares, nonbinary, Oakland, Portland, psilocybin, Pulse, Pulse Nightclub, queer, queerness, religion, sexuality, shame, sober, sobriety, substance abuse, therapist, therapy, trans, transition, transitioning, trauma, Voices on Addiction
Cameron Dezen Hammon discusses her debut memoir, THIS IS MY BODY.
Tags: #metoo, Adrienne Rich, All You Can Ever Know, assault, Cameron Dezen Hammon, Camille Dungy, church, claire dederer, Dani Shapiro, debut memoir, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, faith, fathers, fathers and daughters, feminism, gender inequality, Godland, homophobia, homosexuality, inheritance, Jeannie Vanasco, Jewish, judaism, Lacy M. Johnson, Liz Scott, lyz lenz, Madhushree Ghosh, Maggie Nelson, mary gaitskill, megachurch, Melissa Febos, memoir, misogyny, mysticism, Nicole Chung, religion, Sejal Shah, sex addiction, sexual assault, Somebody with a Little Hammer, therapy, Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl, This Is My Body, This Is One Way to Dance, This Never Happened, trauma
Co-editors Chrissy Stroop and Lauren O’Neal discuss their new anthology, EMPTY THE PEWS.
Tags: alternative facts, atheism, atheist, Bible, Book Club, Chrissy Stroop, Christianity, church, crisis of faith, cult, culture wars, democracy, Donald Trump, election 2016, emotional abuse, Empty the Pews, Epiphany Publishing, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, faith, freedom, God, homophobia, identity, information illiteracy, Isaac Marion, Lauren O'Neal, LGBTQ, Linda Kay Klein, Manjula Martin, Nietzsche, Peter Counter, pluralism, Presbyterian, purity, purity culture, queer, queerness, R. O. Kwon, Rebekah Matthews, religion, repression, Ruby Thiagarajan, Rumpus Book Club, Scratch, spirituality, Stanford, Sunday School Dropouts, The Rumpus Book Club, Thomas Hardy, trans, Trump
Patrick Coleman discusses his debut novel, THE CHURCHGOER.
Tags: Ada or Ardor, art world, California, debut novel, Diane Arbus, E.B White, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, faith, first book, genre, genre fiction, Joy Williams, Letters to a Young Poet, masculinity, mystery, Nabakov, Nature Poem, noir, Patrick Coleman, power dynamics, publishing industry, Rachel Lyon, raymond chandler, ross gay, Samrat Upadhyay, san diego, Self Portrait with Boy, Song of Solomon, spirituality, The Churchgoer, The Long Goodbye, The Visiting Privilege, Tommy Pico, Toni Morrison, toxic masculinity, whiteness
Lyz Lenz discusses her debut book, GOD LAND.
Tags: Belabored, capitalism, Christianity, church, class inequality, classism, Columbia Journalism Review, community, Dorothy Day, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, Eve Ettinger, faith, Frank Schaeffer, God Land, Heavy, Ibram X. Kendi, Jennifer Sherman, journalism, Kiese Laymon, lyz lenz, memoir, Michelle Higgins, middle America, Midwest, nationalism, Not That Bad, Nyasha Junior, Pamela Colloff, Phillip Yancey, Rachel Held Evans, racial inequality, Racism, religion, research, Robin DiAngelo, Soul Survivor, Stamped from the Beginning, systemic racism, Those Who Work Those Who Don’t, Tressie McMillan Cottom
Savannah Sipple discusses her debut collection, WWJD AND OTHER POEMS.
Tags: A Moveable Feast, Appalachia, Appalachian, Beattyville, bodies, body image, child abuse, coming out, domestic abuse, domestic violence, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, fat, Gina Mamone, homosexuality, J.D. Vance, Jesus, Kentucky, Lesbian, LGBTQ, misogyny, overweight, patriarchy, poetry, queer, Rachel Garringer, Racism, Rebecca Gayle Howell, religion, Savannah Sipple, self-acceptance, sexuality, shame, Sibling Rivalry Press, toxic masculinity, weight, WWJD, WWJD and Other Poems
Briallen Hopper discusses her debut collection, HARD TO LOVE: ESSAYS AND CONFESSIONS.
Tags: alex dueben, Briallen Hopper, Brook Wilensky-Lanford, cancer, Emily Ruth Mace, essay collection, essays, Evangelical, family, first book, found family, friendship, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hard to Love, hoarder, hoarding, Killing the Buddha, love, Marie Kondo, marriage, Maud Martha, queens college, relationships, religion, Scott Cheshire, spirituality, teaching writing, Toni Morrison
“We knew things were wrong then,” she says, “but we didn’t know how, or why.” ...more
Tags: abstinence-only, Christian, Christian college, Christianity, consent, divorce, essay, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, Eve Ettinger, fundamentalism, fundamentalist christians, gaslighting, homeschool, homeschoolers, homeschooling, Kyrgyzstan, marriage, patriarchy, Peace Corps, purity, rape, Rape culture, reproductive health, Sex, Sex Ed, sex education, sexual assault, sexuality, The Ethical Slut, virginity
Creation begets death which begets more creation. ...more
Tags: Billy Collins, childhood trauma, Christianity, coming out, cult, cults, divorce, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, Eve Ettinger, gay, homeschool, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Maria Shriver, marriage, Mary Oliver, Molly Malone Cook, poems, poetry, poverty, PTSD, queer, religion, trauma, wendell berry
I was supposed to be a girl, they said. But the Lord works in mysterious ways, doesn’t He? ...more
Tags: coming out, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and sons, gay, gender, Gender Identity, LGBTQ, masculinity, parenting, queer, religion, therapist, therapy, Zach Shultz
The entire collection is suffused by an aching awareness of absence and an obsession with the indelible markings of the past. ...more
Tags: Christianity, church, conservative evangelicals, essay collection, essays, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, flyover country, Interior States, Josef Kuhn, Meghan O'Gieblyn, Midwest, Mike Pence, Politics, Protestant, religion, secularism, voting
Queer literature isn’t a box to unlock so that it can unlock me. ...more
Tags: .S. Eliot, adolescence, agatha christie, beowulf, Billy Budd, Call Me By Your Name, Christianity, dante, E. M. Forster, eileen myles, Ernest Hemingway, Evangelical, genderqueer, Giovanni's Room, Hollywood, homosexuality, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Baldwin, John Donne, Kelly Caldwell, LGBTQ, marriage, masochism, Maurice, Mexico, Moonlight, Oscar Wilde, Pride, queer literature, queer representation, queer youth, religion, repression, sexuality, Shakespeare, shame, Song of Songs, St. Sebastian, Stigma, The Danish Girl, trans, transgender
To us he was Professor McClatchy, and he presided over our Wednesday afternoon sessions with the grace of an elegant, erudite gentleman. ...more
Tags: Anthony Hecht, Auden, college, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, ezra pound, gay, Harper Anthology of Poetry, homoeroticism, homosexuality, J.D. McClatchy, John Frederick Nims, marginalia, Marianne Moore, Mentor, Naomi J. Williams, poetry, Princeton, religion, Scenes from Another Life, teaching writing, workshop
Mallory Ortberg discusses their new book,
The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, what it means to be a self-taught writer, and questioning gender. ...more
Tags: Art History, Christianity, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Daniel Ortberg, Dear Prudence, Evangelical, fairy tales, G.K. Chesterton, gawker, gender, Gender Identity, hormone therapy, humor, humor writing, internet writing, Mallory Ortberg, Orthodoxy, religion, Rumaan Alam, short fiction, short stories, slate, texts from jane eyre, The Hairpin, The Merry Spinster, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, The Toast, Thomas Aquinas, trans, transgender, W. Somerset Maugham
“Everything about the term is predicated on bad faith. It needs to die.”
Tags: anti-semitism, Ben Shapiro, Christianity, Danya Ruttenberg, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, florida, Jewish, judaism, Judeo-Christian, Leonardo diCaprio, Marco Rubio, Mike Pence, Nazi Germany, Parkland, Politics, Racism, religion, Samuel Ashworth, Shazaam, Sinbad, The Revenant, twitter
Lesley Nneka Arimah discusses her debut collection
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, mother-daughter relationships, and the pleasures of genre fiction. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, debut, debut collection, diane cook, Eloisa James, Evangelical, fathers, female characters, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Hamilton, humor, Kendra Fortmeyer, Krista Tippett, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Maggie Cooper, magic, magical realism, man v. nature, minneapolis, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, On Being, one hundred years of solitude, parenting, religion, short fiction, short stories, Social Media, teaching writing, the new yorker, twitter, unlikeable characters, VONA, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, Who Will Greet You at Home
America is a broken window pane—shards of glass, each reflecting a different light. ...more
Tags: America, Donald Trump, Evangelical, homeschool, Mildred D. Taylor, patriot, patriotism, Politics, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, sarah vowell, The Woman Who Ran for President: The Many Lives of Victoria Woodhull, Waco
“It’s not healthy, how you live. People aren’t meant to sleep all day. We need the sun. We’re meant to live in the sun.” ...more
Tags: Becky Mandelbaum, body image, brothers, Circadian Sleep Disorders, Colorado, dating, death, diet, dieting, divorce, dogs, eating disorders, Evangelical, family, fire, first date, grief, Hank Williams, infinite jest, insomniac, kansas, Kenny Chesney, Lady and the Tramp, Lord of the Rings, Music, night owl, PTSD, relationships, religion, Rumpus Original Fiction, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, short story, siblings, sleep, sleep disorder, spoon, trauma
Most often, I do not speak when I am alone. That morning I sat on the couch and said Oh my God. I said it aloud, again and again, Oh my God. ...more
Tags: Albums of Our Lives, As Cities Burn, Christian rock, Christianity, Cody Bonnette, Come Now Sleep, Contact, death, Empire, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, God, grief, jonathan mcdaniel, New Sun, post-hardcore, religion, Rumpus music, Solid State Records, suicide, This is it this is it, Timothy, Tooth & Nail
Rosalie Moffett discusses her new collection
June in Eden, writing humor in poetry, using contemporary references, and trying to understand the world. ...more
Tags: 3D printing, ALS, biblical, brian spears, Camille Dungy, church, comedians, dark humor, Eavan Boland, Elaine Scarry, Evangelical, faith, humor, Indiana, June in Eden, language, Lit Hub, Louisiana, mothers, mothers and daughters, Oakland, Ohio State University Press, poetry, religion, rhetorical device, Rosalie Moffett, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, rural life, Solmaz Sharif, Stanford, technology, The Body in Pain, The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World, Twins, wikipedia
Mothers of America / let your kids go to the movies! ...more
Tags: AIDS, Aimee Semple McPherson, atheism, billie holiday, Billy Graham, Bob Jones, Brad Gooch, Charles Fuller, City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara, David Biespel's Poetry Wire, David Biespiel, Evangelical, Father Charles Coughlin, Frank O'Hara, G.E. Lowman, Great Depression, Lana Turner, LGBTQ, Mal Waldron, Marilyn Monroe, Oral Roberts, Radio, revivalist, Rita Hayworth, S. Parkes Cadman, Sr., televangelism, televangelists, Veronica Lake, World War II, WWII
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!. ...more
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Mya Frazier writes for Aeon on the “heaven tourism memoir” (seen in books such as Heaven is for Real and The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven) and what its popularity as a genre suggests about the 21st century’s conceptualization of deities/gods/God. Reading these books catapulted me back into my evangelical past life, reminding me […]
Growing up in a slew of Evangelical churches, I saw this system of governance deployed to handle anything from adultery to domestic violence to pedophilia. And in each instance, this system has failed to stop abusers or protect victims. At Buzzfeed, Rumpus contributor Lyz Lenz writes about her experience in Evangelical churches and how these […]
Sometimes around dusk (I was probably six or seven years old), I would look out my bedroom window and see the sky turning orange and purple, and the setting sun turning red like blood, and I was sure the end of the world had come upon us, and soon graves would be ripped open, and […]