I hate the word clean. It’s antiseptic, scrubbed raw; it makes me think of sin and guilt and a God I don’t believe in. ...more
Tags: aging, bathing, British Columbia, canada, Christianity, coming out, COVID, COVID-19, crying, faith, family, God, grandmother, grandmothers, grandparents, grief, Karine Hack, LGBTQ, pandemic, queer, sexuality, shame, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, vulnerability, water
“Balance is its own beautiful practice.”
Tags: Anne Lamott, Barrelhouse, Bird by Bird, bodies, Christine No, debut collection, dissociation, family, filmmaking, grandmother, grandmothers, heartbreak, hypervigilance, Intimacy, Jennifer Lewis, love, Mental Health, neuroscience, poems, poetry, science, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Whatever Love Mean
Rajiv Mohabir discusses ANTIMAN and CUTLISH.
Tags: Anjoli Roy, Antiman, Bhojpuri, bollywood, book covers, book design, Calypso, caribbean, Caribbean Equality Project, colonialism, colonization, cover design, Cutlish, desi, Devi Laskar, family, Four Way Books, grandmother, Guyana, heritage, homophobia, hybrid, hybrid genre, hybrid memoir, identity, immigrants, India, Indo-Caribbean, Islamophobia, Jackson Heights, Jahajee Sisters, Joseph Han, Madhushree Ghosh, memoir, microaggressions, Na Kim, poems, poetry, queens, queer, Racism, Rajiv Mohabir, Restless Books, sexuality, Shikha Saklani Malaviya, south asian, The Taxidermist's Cut
Finding joy in the now, even as death and difficulty mark the days, is possible, a choice, and a practice. ...more
Tags: AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, assault, berlin, Brett Kavanaugh, childhood trauma, drinking, drunk, family, family dynamics, family dysfunction, family trauma, grandmother, grandmothers, inherited trauma, mothers, mothers and daughters, recovery, Sandra Shattuck, Voices on Addiction
Anna Qu discusses her debut memoir, MADE IN CHINA.
Tags: absent fathers, Anna Qu, child abuse, childhood trauma, China, Chinese, Chinese American, Chinese immigrant, debut memoir, family trauma, fathers, fathers and daughters, gender roles, generational trauma, girlhood, grandmother, immigrants, immigration, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Made in America, Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor, Megan Vered, Melissa Febos, memoir, misogyny, model minority, mothers, mothers and daughters, sexism, therapy, Vivian Gornick, Wenzhou
J. Nicole Jones discusses her debut memoir, LOW COUNTRY.
Tags: american south, Beth Ward, catapult, debut memoir, family, folklore, ghost stories, ghosts, grandmother, grandmothers, Gray Man, haunted, hurricanes, J. Nicole Jones, landscape, Low Country, memoir, meteorology, Myrtle Beach, myth, South Carolina, Southern, weather
What they really needed in Pleasantview was light. ...more
Tags: book excerpt, Celeste Mohammed, election, elections, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, fortune teller, fortune telling, grandmother, grandmothers, Ig Publishing, mothers, People's National Movement, Pleasantview, PNM, Politics, Rumpus exclusive, Trinidad and Tobago, UNC, United National Congress, voting
Michael Prior discusses his new collection of poetry, BURNING PROVENCE.
Tags: Benjamin Voigt, British Columbia, Burning Provence, Cambodian, canadian, collective memory, Diaspora, ezra pound, family history, family trauma, form, generational trauma, grandfather, grandmother, grandparents, historical memory, historical trauma, identity, inherited trauma, intergenerational memory, internment, internment camps, Ishion Hutchinson, Japanese, japanese internment, Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, landscape, memories, Michael Prior, mixed race, Model Disciple, modernism, oral history, pastoral, Patrick Kavanagh, poems, poetry, Racism, Shakespeare, sonnets, war propaganda, William Carlos Williams, World War II, WWII
It’s true that when I speak of machines I also mean dimensions. ...more
Tags: Cantonese, cremation, crematorium, death, disidentification, divorce, family, Fred Moten, funeral, Glitch Studies Manifesto, grandmother, grandmothers, grief, Hokkien, hong kong, identity, language, machines, Malaysia, Mandarin, memories, New Zealand, Nietzsche, parapsychology, Paul de Man, psychic, Rosa Menkman, Singapore, single mother, single motherhood, smartphone, smartphones, Social Media, Tan Tuck Ming, technology, Teresa Teng, translation, WhatsApp, Wu Tsang
Jessica Lind Peterson discusses her debut essay collection, SOUND LIKE TRAPPED THUNDER.
Tags: 1980s, A. Kendra Greene, Angela Pelster, animals, Bright Felon, Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize, debut collection, debut essay collection, essay collection, essays, Fear Icons, generational trauma, grandmother, grandmothers, grizzly bears, inherited trauma, Jenny Boully, Jessica Lind Peterson, Kazim Ali, Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel, lyric essay, lyric essays, marriage, Midwest, Midwestern, Minnesota, Naja Marie Aidt, natural world, nature, Over the Top, second person, Seneca Review Books, Sound Like Trapped Thunder, Sylvester Stallone, trauma, whales, When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back, Yellow Tree Theatre
I wasn’t pressured to be stoic. I was permitted to release. I was permitted to be. ...more
Tags: adolescence, ancestors, Cedric the Entertainer, childhood, Christianity, church, church music, family, God, Gospel, gospel music, grandmother, grandmothers, hymns, Kirk Franklin, Leah Whitcomb, microaggressions, Music, Negro spirituals, religion, singing, Spirituals, teenagers, White Supremacy
Kiese Laymon discusses the revised HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN AMERICA.
Tags: american south, April Blevins Pejic, Bible, black femininity, black women, Catherine Coleman, class inequality, community, COVID, COVID-19, family, femininity, Good God, grandmother, grandmothers, Heavy: An American Memoir, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Kiese Laymon, Mississippi, mothers, mothers and sons, pandemic, poverty, Publishing, publishing industry, shame, South, teachers, teaching, University of Mississippi
The toll I took on people I love can’t be measured. But I want to know. ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, blackout, blackouts, cancer, Chicago, childhood, Childhood Memories, death, divorce, drinking, family, family history, family secret, gender inequality, gender roles, Glen Ellyn, grandmother, grief, husbands and wives, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Kristin Gourlay, marriage, Midwestern, prostate cancer, rehab, sobriety, Voices on Addiction
You just have to sink into the music and let it wash over you. ...more
Tags: autumn, Bark Psychosis, Cantonese, CHVRCHES, concerts, Constant & Change, Franz Ferdinand, gilead, glasgow, God Is an Astronaut, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, grandmother, hong kong, Hungry Ghosts, If the Trees Could Talk, In the Forest and the Field, Karen Cheung, Kim Tak Building, Life Was All Silence, live music, Marilynne Robinson, Múm, Mogwai, MONO, Music, My Bloody Valentine, poetry, post-rock, Primal Scream, protesting, Protests, scottish, shoegaze, Sigur Rós, Simon Reynolds, Slint, Slowdive, Spiderland, Vonlenska, Wang Wen, We Lost the Sea
My grandmother, Frankie L. Baker, was born 72 years before me. ...more
Tags: Alzheimer's, Arkansas, Baptist, bipolar, childhood, Comics, Elliot Yoakum, grandmother, grandmothers, grandparents, hotcakes, inherited trauma, memories, mental illness, Spotlight
Happiness never seemed to linger. She often wondered why. ...more
Tags: Blue Crow Press, book excerpt, childhood, childhood trauma, cinderella, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, fairy tales, Final Girl, grandmother, grandmothers, hansel and gretel, happy endings, Kelly J. Baker, Little Red Riding Hood, mothers and daughters, rapunzel, Rumpus exclusive, sleeping beauty, snow white, The Snow Queen
Jihyun Yun discusses her debut poetry collection, SOME ARE ALWAYS HUNGRY.
Tags: Cameron Finch, daughters, debut collection, fairy tales, family, female bodies, food, form, Fulbright, gender inequality, gender roles, gendered violence, generational trauma, grandmother, grandmothers, hereditary trauma, historical trauma, inherited trauma, Jihyun Yun, Korea, korean, mothers and daughters, poems, poetry, sexual violence, Some Are Always Hungry, trauma, violence against women, women's bodies
[W]hat was going wrong? Why were our stories not being written or published? ...more
Tags: ageism, aging, aging women, Alice Walker, Antonia, book excerpt, Carolyn Heilbrun, charlotte bronte, Doris Lessing, Edith Wharton, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, female characters, feminism, feminist, Flannery O'Connor, gender, gender inequality, grace paley, grandmother, grandmothers, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Jo March, Kate Chopin, literary tropes, Lizzie Bennet, louisa may alcott, Rumpus exclusive, Ruth O. Saxton, She Writes, stereotypes, The Book of Old Ladies, The Diary of a Good Neighbour, The Last Gift of Time, Tillie Olsen, Toni Morrison, virginia woolf, willa cather, zora neale hurston
The moment presented itself at dusk the following day. ...more
Tags: A Girl Is a Body of Water, adolescence, book excerpt, exclusive excerpt, grandfather, grandmother, grandparents, Idi Amin, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Rumpus exclusive, Tin House, Tin House Books, Uganda, witch, witchcraft, witches
This is my mother’s soup. This is what I aim for. ...more
Tags: ancestors, Chicago, cooking, daughters, eating, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, food, grandmother, heritage, historical trauma, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Italian, Jeju, kimchee, kimchi, korean, Korean American, Korean food, Korean War, Maria T. Allocco, mermaids, mothers, mothers and daughters, North Korea, ocean, recipe, recipes, San Francisco, sea, seaweed, seaweed soup, seoul, sisters, soup, south korea, trauma, vegetarian, vegetarianism
Tope Folarin discusses his debut novel, A PARTICULAR KIND OF BLACK MAN.
Tags: A Particular Kind of Black Man, african american, African literature, autofiction, Caine Prize, coming of age, craft, Dark Room Collective, debut novel, grandmother, identity, immigrants, immigration, Iris Silverberg, James Baldwin, love, memory, narrative structure, Nigeria, Nigerian American, perspective, poetry, Publishing, publishing industry, racial inequality, Racism, Social Media, structure, Tope Folarin, voyeurism, voyeuristic, Wana Udobang, Zoe Wickham
There is an irony that sometimes rings Mona like a bell. ...more
Tags: aging, Barcelona, beirut, class inequality, dancing, daughters, death, dervish, dreams, family, grandmother, Hala Alyan, language, lebanon, marriage, money, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, nightmares, Raval, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story, Singapore, sleeping, spain, war, wealth, widow
I am cooking myself back in to my family, back into my own skin. ...more
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, ancestors, Atlantic City, braciole di cotenna, butcher, California, cooking, death, family, food, food and family, grandmother, grandmothers, grief, heritage, inheritance, Italian, Italian food, Italian-American, Jessica Rae Bergamino, Legacy, LGBTQ, memory, New Jersey, pig, pig skin, pizzagaina, pork, queer, recipe, recipes, San Francisco, Seattle, vegetarianism
Thank God music has wings and it can fly wherever, even countries we can’t reach. ...more
Tags: A-Wa, Arabic, arranged marriage, Bayti Fi Rasi, concept album, family, family history, folk music, gender inequality, gender roles, grandmother, Habib Galbi, hip-hop, history, home, Homeland, israel, Jewish, Kendrick Lamar, Liron Haim, middle east, MTV, Music, rick moody, sisters, songwriting, swinging modern sounds, Tagel Haim, Tair Haim, Tony Gatlif, Travis Scott, Yemen, Yemenite
It’s such a powerful symbol of who she was. ...more
Tags: Allyson McCabe, Baha’i, death, dreams, election 2016, Esme Blegvad, family, Floating Features, grandmother, grandparents, grief, hats, Kalamazoo, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, La Luz, Michigan, Midwest, Music, New Kids on the Block, Night of the Worm Moon, Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar, Racism, Shana Cleveland, Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles, Trump, Wanted/Needed/Loved
Feet dangle in the foreground, suspended in space by distance and gravity. ...more
Tags: Anita Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, depression, family, Film, gender roles, gender stereotypes, grandmother, Helen Oyeyemi, Hereditary, Hillary Clinton, horror, horror films, intergenerational trauma, It Follows, Mental Health, mental illness, misogyny, mothers, mothers and sons, Nicholas Russell, Paranormal Activity 2, Rosemary's Baby, suicide, Supernatural, Suspiria, The Babadook, The Witch, White Is for Witching, witch hunt, witches
J. Michael Martinez discusses his third collection of poetry, MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS.
Tags: Agent Orange, alex dueben, American Museum, casta paintings, citizenship, Cornelius Eady, dissertation, eugenics, family, fathers, fathers and sons, grandmother, grandparents, heredity, identity, identity politics, immigrants, immigration, Interstellar, J MIchael Martinez, Latino literature, Latinx, Layli Long Soldier, Martha Menchaca, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Museum of the Americas, museums, poetry, PT Barnum, Racism, Richard Griswold Del Castillo, spiritualista, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Trump, Vietnam War
Comfort and memory and grief commingled in the dish. ...more
Tags: Arabic, authenticity, family, food, grandfather, grandmother, grandparents, grape leaves, heritage, Mandy Shunnarah, marriage, palestine, Palestinian, sexism, Tradition
I’m not a trained musician, but my grandma helped me to become fearless… ...more
Tags: Allyson McCabe, Bay Area, bilingual, California, Downtown Boys, Esme Blegvad, family, grandmother, Joey La Neve DeFrancesco, language, Mexican, Music, San José, silicon valley, single mother, Victoria Ruiz, Wanted/Needed/Loved
It paralyzes me to think about the sacrifices my family made before I was in my mother’s womb. When they came here they knew they would lose a part of their language, their memories, their sanctity of self. ...more
Tags: America, Angie Seijun Lou, cats, childhood, China, Chinese, Chinese American, daughter, Diaspora, family, grandmother, heritage, immigrants, immigration, language, memories, memory, Mother, motherhood, mothers and daughters, motorcycles, Shanghai, skype, Sleepless in Seattle, Suheir Hammad, tai chi, undocumented immigrant, Visa, Zhengzhou