You want to live by your ideals, but it’s hard to make them align with reality. ...more
Tags: amaris ketcham, anarchist, autofiction, book review, capitalism, Comics, coming of age, Debt, female friendship, female friendships, France, Fun Home, graphic memoir, graphic novel, LGBTQ, ligne claire, living abroad, Maus, memoir, memories, memory, nora hickey, nostalgia, paris, Persepolis, queer, review, shoplifting, Sophie Yanow, student debt, study abroad, The Adventures of Tintin, the contradictions, travel, twentysomethings, What Is a Glacier
Rumpus editors share their favorite writing that speaks to women’s history past, present, and future.
Tags: A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, Abandon Me, Abigail Thomas, Adrienne Rich, alison bechdel, All You Can Ever Know, amber tamblyn, Anna Swir, bell hooks, Blood Bread and Poetry, Brenda Hillman, Burn It Down, By Herself, Camille Dungy, Chelsea Rathburn, cherrie moraga, Clarice Lispector, Czeslaw Milosz, DaMaris Hill, Dealing in Dreams, Difficult Women, domina Un/blued, Edith Wharton, eileen myles, Era of Ignition, feeld, feminism, feminist, Feminista Jones, Franny Choi, Fun Home, gloria anzaldua, Good Bones, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Heart Berries, High Heel, I Am Yours, i must be living twice, Isabel Greenberg, Jos Charles, Joyce M. Barry, Kate Chopin, kyoko mori, Leonard Nathan, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilliam Rivera, Lilly Dancyger, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, Maggie Nelson, Maggie Smith, Margaret Busby, Marilyn French, Melissa Febos, Miriam Toews, Molly McQuade, Mother Winter, New Daughters of Africa, Nicole Chung, One Hundred Nights of Hero, Patricia Dienstfrey, Playing with Fire, Reclaiming Our Space, Reema Zaman, Richa Nagar, Roxane Gay, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Safekeeping, Sangtin Writers Collective, Selected Poems of Edith Wharton, Soft Science, Sophia Shalmiyev, Standing Our Ground, Still Life with Mother and Knife, Summer Brennan, T Fleischmann, T Kira Madden, Talking to My Body, Terese Mailhot, The Argonauts, The Awakening, The Chronology of Water, The Dream of Water, The Women’s Room, The Year of Blue Water, This Bridge Called My Back, Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through, What to Read When, Women Talking, Women's History Month, Wounds of Passion, Yanyi
Genevieve Hudson discusses her debut story collection, PRETEND WE LIVE HERE.
Tags: A Little in Love with Everyone, A Lover’s Discourse, Alexander Chee, alison bechdel, Amsterdam, Barthes, bodies, body, book tour, Daniel J Cecil, Fiction Advocate, Fun Home, Future Tense, Genevieve Hudson, home, Joy Williams, landscape, LGBTQ, Pacific Northwest, Pretend We Live Here, queer, short stories, story collection, Versal
Ian Morris discusses his new novel, SIMPLE MACHINES.
Tags: Chicago, editing, family, fathers and sons, Fun Home, Hamilton, Ian Morris, Lake Superior, landscape, Midwest, myth, Paddle-to-the-Sea, Punctuate, Ragdale, S. Ferdowsi, Simple Machines, Tommy, When Bad Things Happen to Rich People, white privilege, Wisconsin, woodstock, Woodstock Ventures
A list from Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters to celebrate the release of
This Is the Place: Women Writing about Home. ...more
Tags: 10 Mile Radius, Adrian Nicole Leblanc, alison bechdel, Carson Ellis, Cat Gwynn, celeste ng, Fun Home, home, Homegoing, Housekeeping, Hyperboreal, Jeannette Walls, Joan Kane, Julie Otsuka, Kelly McMasters, Little Fires Everywhere, Margot Kahn, Marilynne Robinson, Random Family, Sandra Cisneros, The Best We Could Do, The Buddha in the Attic, The Glass Castle, The House on Mango Street, Thi Bui, This Is the Place, What to Read When, women writers, Yaa Gyasi
Three exclusive excerpts from …AFTERWORDS, a new series of distinctive commentaries on great works of contemporary literature from our friends at Fiction Advocate!
Tags: ...AFTERWORDS, 2666, A Cool Customer, A Little in Love with Everyone, addiction, alison bechdel, An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom, anxiety, Baudelaire, Blue Nights, book excerpt, exclusive excerpt, Fiction Advocate, Fun Home, Genevieve Hudson, Jacob Bacharach, Joan Didion, jonathan russell clark, Judith Thurman, LGBTQ, New York City, queer, Roberto Bolaño, the Year of Magical Thinking
Allyson McCabe talks with Nicole Georges, illustrator, zinester and educator, about her new book
Fetch, how she got into the DIY punk scene, and family secrets. ...more
Tags: A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over the World, alison bechdel, Allyson McCabe, animation, Calling Dr. Laura, Dan Clowes, diaries, dogs, Donald Trump, Dykes to Watch Out For, family secret, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home, Food Not Bombs, Fun Home, graphic novels, illustrations, illustrator, John Porcellino, Julia Butterfly, Kansas City, King Cat, Laura Schlessinger, Music, Nicole Georges, Outpunk, Portland, punk, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Recycled Sounds, ska, Sound & Vision, Sound and Vision, Sour Grapes, Spiny Norman’s, The Gadjits, Trump, V. Vale, Weezer, zines
Whether you are celebrating your father or cursing his name this Father’s Day, here’s a list of very good books about fathers from writers we love.
Tags: alison bechdel, Between the World and Me, Cormac McCarthy, Dads, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, fathers, fathers day, Fun Home, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, H is for Hawk, Hamlet, Harper Lee, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Helen DeWitt, helen macdonald, J. K. Rowling, Jonathan Safran Foer, Max Porter, Patricia Lockwood, Priestdaddy, Real Man Adventures, Shakespear, t cooper, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle, The Last Samuri, the road, To Kill a Mockingbird, What to Read When
For Bitch Media, Rumpus Funny Women Editor Elissa Bassist interviews writer-actress Roberta Colindrez on her recent roles in Amazon’s adaptation of Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick and the Broadway adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, two powerful narratives centered on women. Colindrez believes in the power of stories: Theatre is—and I’m quoting someone very loosely—the […]
Tags: alison bechdel, Art, Bitch, Chris Kraus, elissa bassist, feminism, Fun Home, I Love Dick, power, Roberta Colindrez, sexuality, theatre
No identity is visible from just one angle. Corinne Manning explains the importance of Alison Bechdel‘s “double representation”: It’s not that there are stories that are impossible to tell, just complicated—as storytellers we want to capture and express every nuance, to enable the reader, or the person listening to you, to fit something impossible, like […]
At Slate, Jacob Brogan responds to the Duke freshman who has made the headlines for speaking out on his refusal to read Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home, on the grounds that it is “pornographic”: Sex becomes pornographic when we detach it from its living, breathing context…He only sees those brief images as pornographic because […]
A poet lives through the writing of poems inside his or her animal or sexual sides as a way to honor that aspect of our humanity. ...more
Part of what’s fascinating about the Broadway adaptation, with its script and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, is how closely it adheres to the outline and details of Bechdel’s story—yet so differs from the book that it seems to be a related but entirely original work. For the New York Review […]
I wouldn’t be much of a book columnist if I didn’t celebrate Alice Munro and her much deserved Nobel Prize for Literature. It surprises me, the number of people who have never read Munro. If you’re one of them, you might start here. In 2004, Jonathan Franzen made an appeal in The New York Times […]
Tags: Alice Munro, book blogs, Books, divorce, family, Fun Home, Jeanette Winterson, jonathan franzen, marriage, Maya Angelou, musicals, new york, Todd VanDerWerff
Alison Bechdel is a living legend (and I say this from the point of view of a queerish autobio cartoonist).