Willa C. Richards discusses her debut novel, THE COMFORT OF MONSTERS.
Tags: AIDS crisis, Alex Madison, Annie Proulx, Brookfield, cold case, coming of age, debut novel, family, family secret, family trauma, garth greenwell, gay, generational trauma, grief, homophobia, Housekeeping, intergenerational trauma, Intimacy, J.M. Holmes, Jeffrey Dahmer, Joy Williams, LGBTQ, Marilynne Robinson, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal, murder, murder mystery, physical intimacy, queer, research, segregation, siblings, sisters, State of Grace, The Comfort of Monsters, The Shipping News, Wauwatosa, What Belongs to You, Willa C. Richards, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Light
Anne Goldman shares a reading list to celebrate STARGAZING IN THE ATOMIC AGE.
Tags: A Lesson Before Dying, And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, Anne Goldman, Arturo Islas, Bone, Corregidora, Do No Harm, ernest j. gaines, Fae Myenne Ng, Gayl Jones, Henry Marsh, Hisaye Yamamoto, Housekeeping, Lara Vapnyar, Lewis Thomas, Marilynne Robinson, Nella Larsen, passing, Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories, Stargazing in the Atomic Age, The Lives of a Cell, The Rain God, There Are Jews in My House, Tomás Rivera, What to Read When
The 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winners share books that have inspired them!
Tags: A Sportsman’s Sketches, A. B. Young, Bhanu Kapil, Bobcat, Braiding Sweetgrass, catapult, César Aira, Doug Henderson, Enyeribe Ibegwam, Erin Singer, Haruki Murakami, Housekeeping, How I Became a Nun, Incubation: A Space For Monsters, Ivan Turgenev, Jade Jones, Jesmyn Ward, JP Infante, Junot Diaz, Kelsey Peterson, Laura Freudig, Marcel Proust, marilyn robinson, PEN America, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories, Pingmei Lan, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Rebecca Lee, Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sarah Curry, Sing Unburied Sing, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory, Sputnik Sweetheart, swann's way, Tamiko Beyer, What to Read When
A list of Melissa Stephenson’s down-and-out favorites for when you have a case of the grays.
Tags: Abandon Me, All About Love, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, bell hooks, Between the World and Me, Cheryl Strayed, Dept. of Speculation, Driven, Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back, Erin Belieu, gilead, home, Housekeeping, Jenny Offill, Jim Harrison, Letters to Yesenin, lila, Lydia Millet, Marilynne Robinson, Melissa Febos, Melissa Stephenson, Nick Flynn, slant six, Sweet Lamb of Heaven, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tiny Beautiful Things, What to Read When
Adrian Todd Zuniga discusses his debut novel, COLLISION THEORY.
Tags: Adrian Todd Zuniga, Bright Lights Big City, Collision Theory, death, debut novel, elvis, Fight Club, first book, Great Gatsby, grief, home, Housekeeping, Literary Death Match, Longshot, los angeles, love, Mahershala Ali, Mary Anna King, mothers, mothers and sons, opium magazine, Rare Bird, romantic comedies, Scott Porter, screenwriting, Sleepless in Seattle, Stockholm, The Handmaid's Tale, travel, traveling, Video Games, When Harry Met Sally
Leslie Jamison discusses
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, understanding that every text is incomplete, and whether motherhood has changed her writing. ...more
Tags: AA, addiction, addicts, Alana Massey, alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous, All the Lives I Want, audience, Barry Lopez, Briallen Hopper, c-section, childbirth, Chuck Klosterman, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, drugs, Flannery O'Connor, gender inequality, gender roles, Housekeeping, hybrid genre, infinite jest, Iowa City, Jean Rhys, Joan Didion, John Berryman, Leslie Jamison, Marilynne Robinson, mary gaitskill, memoir, motherhood, Raymond Carver, recovery, shame, shaming, Shirley Jackson, sober, sobriety, the empathy exams, The Lottery, The Recovering, The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath, war on drugs
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
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, why writing about teenage girls is the most serious thing in the world, and finding truths in fiction. ...more
Tags: 2666, A Rumpus Interview, addiction, adolescence, alcohol, Bleak House, catapult, Chang-rae Lee, claire messud, Curtis Sittenfeld, David Copperfield, death, Dreamland, drug abuse, drugs, Edith Wharton, Eileen, elena ferrante, Elizabeth Bishop, eviction, female friendship, friendship, gender roles, grief, high school, Housekeeping, jane alison, Jane Eyre, Jo Ann Beard, Julie Buntin, justin torres, Lorrie Moore, loss, Margaret Atwood, Maria Anderson, Marilynne Robinson, Marina Benjamin, Marlena, MFA, Michigan, Middlemarch, my antonia, Native Speaker, Neapolitan Novels, Negroland, nine island, Otessa Moshfegh, Prep, Rachel Cusk, Rita Dove, rural life, Sarah Waters, saul bellow, Shirley Jackson, siblings, sisters, Tana French, teenage girls, teenagers, The Atlantic, The Boys of My Youth, The Golden Notebook, The Guardians, The House of Mirth, The Man Who Loved Children, The Middlepause, The Savage Detectives, Toni Morrison, trauma, we the animals, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, writing, zadie smith
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, the writers and books that influenced it, tackling addiction with compassion, and the magic of teenage girls. ...more
Tags: absent father, adaptations, addiction, adolescence, Book Club, Book clubs, book covers, catapult, craft, death, Dreamland, editing, Elizabeth Bishop, fathers, female friendship, Film, friendship, grief, Housekeeping, Julie Buntin, Kayla Rae Whitaker, likable characters, Lorrie Moore, loss, Marilynn Robinson, Marisa Siegel, Marlena, meth, Methland, Michigan, opiates, revision, Rita Dove, Rumpus Book Club, teenage girls, teenagers, television, The Animators, tweakers, unlikable characters, Ursula K. Le Guin, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, writing process
Of course, it’s not only parents who teach us about gender roles. Sometimes it feels like we’re absorbing them with our first gasps from the womb. ...more
Tags: Autostraddle, chores, Emily U. Hashimoto, gender roles, graduate school, homosexuality, Housekeeping, housework, Japanese, Lesbian, marriage, queer, queer writers, queer writers of color, The Jetsons, VONA, wedding, wife
When Christians abandon Christian standards of behavior in the defense of Christianity, when Americans abandon American standards of conduct in the name of America, they inflict harm that would not be in the power of any enemy. Marilynne Robinson, author of Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, and Lila, writes about how Christianity and exceptionalism have the potential […]
For the Guardian, Moira Redmond considers the prevalence of “misleading” book titles. The article references a number of well-known texts including Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, which Redmond suggests is “sublimely about non-housekeeping.” However, Moira argues that “allusive titles” are not without merit: “They can be intriguing and draw you in. And obscure titles at least make a change from the current […]
For The Millions, Alex Engebretson argues that despite the twenty-four year gap between the publication of Marilynne Robinson’s first and second novel, the author’s recurring themes and imagery present a “singular vision”: Instead of an author who recreated herself late in her career, Robinson is one who has returned and renewed imaginative possibilities already latent within […]
Author Debra Dean discusses the thin line between fiction and autobiography and how she became a writer after a career onstage.
Tags: autobiography, biography, confessions of a falling woman, creative writing workshops, Debra Dean, florida, Housekeeping, Julie Marie Wade, Marilynne Rob, Marilynne Robinson, mfa programs, Seattle, the madonnas of leningrad, the mirrored world, writing
You don’t have to read a book over and over again to love it. In fact, argues Molly Labell, sometimes it’s best to read it only once. Rereading Housekeeping — a relic from a sadder, stranger time during which I was out of place — isn’t necessary. Housekeeping filled a hole; it was a companion and a […]