I think people want more unstressed time with their kids. I think so much of the time we are spending with our kids we are exhausted, and we have all this other stuff on our minds that’s mentally draining, physically draining. But the answer is not always more childcare. ...more
Ottessa Moshfegh discusses her new novel, MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION.
Tags: 9/11, American Media, death, Eileen, Homesick for Another World, insomnia, journalism, los angeles, Maria Anderson, mcglue, morality, mothers and daughters, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh, sleep, trauma, writing process
The best books I have read about motherhood have not reassured me that these feelings will resolve. ...more
Tags: abigail tucker, book review, c-section, childbirth, children, control, depression, elizabeth barber, family, fathers, gender roles, husbands, husbands and wives, journalism, journalist, maternal instinct, memoir, mom genes, motherhood, mothering, mothers, Nell Frizzell, NICU, pregnancy, privilege, Rachel Cusk, research, review, Ross Douthat, Smithsonian Magazine, The Lion in the Living Room, The Panic Years, women's bodies, women's health
Cyclical patterns of journalism notwithstanding, Gladstone sees this moment as uniquely concerning. ...more
Tags: accountability, Amanda Gorman, American history, American Media, american politics, Barack Obama, book review, Brooke Gladstone, clickbait, comic book, Comics, Donald Trump, fake news, graphic novel, history, Internet, Josh Neufeld, journalism, journalistic ethics, Lily Houston Smith, Media, media bias, obama, On the Media, Politics, review, Social Media, technology, the influencing machine, thomas jefferson, Trump, Victor Tausk
Melissa Febos discusses her new essay collection, GIRLHOOD.
Tags: A Little Devil in America, Abandon Me, Alex Dimitrov, Angeline Boulley, Anna North, Ashley C. Ford, Bestiary, Between Two Kingdoms, Body Work, Book Club, Catherine Lacey, Caul Baby, COVID, COVID-19, Deborah Paredez, Donika Kelly, Elissa Washuta, Elizabeth McCracken, Ellen Bryant Voigt, essay collection, essay writing, essays, feminism, feminist history, Firekeeper's Daughter, Forsyth Harmon, gendered violence, girlhood, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jeannette Winterson, journalism, K Ming Chang, Kiki Petrosino, kristen arnett, Kyrie, Let the Record Show, LGBTQ, Lilly Dancyger, Love and Other Poems, Love Is an Ex-Country, Marisa Siegel, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, Milk Fed, misogyny, Morgan Jerkins, Negative Space, Nnedi Okorafor, Outlawed, pandemic, patriarchal, patriarchy, Pew, Publishing, publishing industry, queer, Randa Jarrar, Rumpus Book Club, Sarah Schulman, sexism, sexual violence, simone de beauvoir, Siri Hustvedt, Somebody’s Daughter, Suleika Jaouad, The Canterbury Tales, The Renunciations, The Rumpus Book Club, The Second Sex, The Souvenir Museum, Toni Morrison, Tracy Clark-Flory, trauma, trauma writing, Want Me, Whip Smart, White Blood, White Magic, Who Fears Death, William Morris, With Teeth, Year of the Dog
Jennifer Berney discusses her debut memoir, THE OTHER MOTHERS.
Tags: Alice Ruby, Amy Agigian, artificial insemination, bodies, chosen family, community, cultural criticism, debut memoir, Ethel Rohan, eugenics, family, fertility, fertility industry, fertility treatment, gender, gender inequality, homophobia, identity, infertility, Jennifer Berney, journalism, LGBTQ, medicine, memoir, memory, misogyny, parenthood, parenting, patriarchy, pregnancy, pregnant, queer, queer reproduction, reproduction, reproductive health, reproductive rights, research, Robert K. Graham, sexism, Sherron Mills, sperm bank, sperm donor, The Other Mothers, White Supremacy, women's bodies
Te-Ping Chen discusses her debut story collection, LAND OF BIG NUMBERS.
Tags: autonomy, Beijing, Carlos Fuentes, China, community, Cultural Revolution, debut collection, fantasy, freedom, Greg Mania, journalism, Land of Big Numbers, magical realism, short fiction, short stories, short story, Studs Terkel, Te-Ping Chen, Tiananmen Square, Wizard of Oz, zadie smith
Ahmed Naji discusses his new memoir, ROTTEN EVIDENCE.
Tags: Ahmed Naji, Arabic, belly dancing, black lives matter, Black Mountain Institute, Cairo, COVID-19, Donald Trump, Dostoevsky, Egypt, Egyptian, Egyptian Revolution, fascism, fascist, fatherhood, Green Card, immigration, journalism, Madelyn Reese, memoir, Michigan Quarterly Review, nihilism, nostalgia, pandemic, parenting, prison, Rotten Evidence, translation, Trump, Using Life
Sarah Smarsh discusses her new book, SHE COME BY IT NATURAL.
Tags: #metoo, A. Malone, americana, class inequality, country music, Dolly Parton, Donald Trump, election 2016, feminism, gender inequality, Heartland, Hillary Clinton, journalism, memoir, Music, music industry, No Depression, poverty, research, rural, rural life, rural poverty, Sarah Smarsh, sexism, She Come By It Natural, Trump, working class
It’s hard to see what isn’t there. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Barbie Zelizer, camera, COVID-19, Erving Goffman, female bodies, femininity, feminism, gender inequality, gender roles, Gladys Engel Lang, husbands and wives, James Elkins, John Berger, journalism, Kurt Lang, Marita Sturken, marriage, motherhood, Nancy Hiemstra, pandemic, parenting, Paul Frosh, photograph, photographer, photographs, photography, pregnancy, pregnant, Rachel Somerstein, representation, stock photos, Tourists of History, women's bodies
Erica C. Barnett discusses her debut memoir, QUITTER.
Tags: AA, addict, addiction, alcohol, alcohol abuse, alcoholic, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Cat Marnell, Chris Moore, David Carr, debut memoir, drinking, Erica Barnett, Erica C. Barnett, How to Murder Your Life, journalism, journalist, memoir, Quitter, Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking Relapse and Recovery, recovery, rehab, relapse, shame, sober, sobriety, The Night of the Gun, Voices on Addiction
Alia Volz discusses her debut memoir, HOME BAKED.
Tags: AIDS, AIDS crisis, Alia Volz, Bay Area, cannabis, Caryn Cardello, COVID-19, Donald Trump, drug dealer, drug use, drugs, edibles, epidemic, family, Home Baked, journalism, marijuana, medical marijuana, memoir, Michelle Wildgen, mothers, mothers and daughters, oral history, pandemic, parents, personal essay, Politics, Pot, pot brownies, Prop 64, research, San Francisco, Sticky Fingers Brownies, visual art
Kristen Millares Young discusses her debut novel, SUBDUCTION.
Tags: academia, anthropologist, anthropology, Coast Salish, colonialism, colonization, Cowlitz, Cuban, debut novel, Diaspora, Doc Daugherty, Elissa Washuta, historical trauma, immigrants, Indigenous, intergenerational trauma, James Baldwin, journalism, journalist, Kristen Millares Young, Latinx, Leni Zumas, Luis Urrea, Makah, Makah Indian Reservation, Melissa Febos, Native, Native American, Neah Bay, Pacific Northwest, racial inequality, Racism, Red Hen Press, repatriation, research, reservation, revision, Ruth Kirk, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, storytelling, Subduction, trauma, zadie smith
The missionaries seemed concerned. I figured it was too late for that. ...more
Tags: baltics, Berkeley, book excerpt, California, chernobyl, Cold War, Estonia, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, From Chernobyl with Love, From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union, Georgiy Gongadze, journalism, journalist, Katya Cengel, Latvia, Lithuania, Oakland, Orange Revolution, Russia, Soviet Union, Ukraine, USSRv
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
“The way it turned out is a total surprise to me.”
Tags: Bainbridge Island, Cheer Up Mr. Widdicombe, comic novel, debut novel, Evan James, Evelyn Waugh, gary shteyngart, humor, humor writing, journalism, michelle huneven, Nicole Beckley, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, Pacific Northwest, San Francisco, self-help, The Artist’s Way, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, writing humor
Laura Lippman discusses her newest novel, LADY IN THE LAKE.
Tags: appropriation, Baltimore, crime fiction, Eva Jurczyk, gender inequality, gillian flynn, Gone Girl, Herman Wouk, journalism, Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman, Marjorie Morningstar, newspapers, privilege, representation, Sebastian Junger, Tess Monaghan, The Perfect Storm, true crime, unlikable characters, unlikeable characters, white privilege
“It’s cruel to not say, I see you. I know you exist.”
Tags: gender inequality, infidelity, journalism, LGBTQ, LGBTTQQIAAP, Lisa Taddeo, Margot Kahn, patriarchy, power dynamics, Sex, Sex Scenes, sexual assault, sexual violence, sexuality, shame, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Three Women, writing sex
Megan K. Stack discusses her new memoir, WOMEN’S WORK.
Tags: Adrienne Rich, capitalism, domestic labor, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar, gender equality, gender inequality, gender roles, globalization, immigration, journalism, journalist, Lauren Puckett, maternity leave, Megan K. Stack, Megan Stack, memoir, migrant workers, migration, motherhood, parenthood, paternity leave, poverty, privilege, women's work, Women's Work: A Reckoning with Work and Home
Marin Sardy discusses her debut memoir, THE EDGE OF EVERY DAY: SKETCHES OF SCHIZOPHRENIA.
Tags: brain science, david bowie, David Foster Wallace, death, debut memoir, documentaries, family, footnotes, grief, intergenerational trauma, Joan Didion, journalism, Julia Goldberg, Marin Sardy, memoir, Mental Health, mental illness, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nabokov, neuroscience, Pale Fire, psychology, research, schizophrenia, siblings, suicide, The Edge of Every Day, trauma
Dave Cullen discusses his new book, PARKLAND: BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT.
Tags: activism, Alfonso Calderon, army, Columbine, Columbine High School, Dave Cullen, gay, gun violence, high school, Jackie Corin, John Lewis, journalism, Karen Auvinen, laurie anderson, LGBTQ, Lucia Berlin, March for Our Lives, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, masculinity, mass shootings, military, New Journalism, NRA, Parkland, Parkland: Birth of a Movement, PTSD, school shooting, school shootings, second amendment, teenagers, trauma
Music critic Amanda Petrusich discusses DO NOT SELL AT ANY PRICE.
Tags: Amanda Petrusich, Ben Ratliff, bob dylan, Catskills, criticism, Do Not Sell at Any Price, gender inequality, GRAMMY, Grammy nominations, journalism, Literary Citizenship, MacDowell Colony, morality clause, Music, music criticism, music journalism, new yorker, Pitchfork, pop culture, R. Kelly, Sarah Haas, teaching writing, The Dylanologist, Trouble No More, Writing Residency
”There’s a danger to the word [’mine’] that I find really rich and exciting.”
Tags: Ander Monson, essay writing, essays, Gay Marriage, journalism, LGBTQ, Mine, Rachel Yoder, River Teeth, River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, Sarah Viren, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, yiyun li
Jenny Valentish discusses her memoir, WOMEN OF SUBSTANCES.
Tags: AA, addiction, alcohol, Alcoholics Anonymous, anger, Australia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Clementine Ford, drinking, drugs, DSM, Eating Disorder, feminism, gender, gender inequality, Indigenous, Jenny Valentish, journalism, Laura Zera, London, memoir, patriarchy, psychiatry, psychology, rage, recovery, self harm, sexism, sexual abuse, SMART Recovery, sobriety, substance abuse, trauma, Woman of Substances, women's anger
“I understood in that moment that my life had changed forever. And it has.”
Tags: activism, Alice Walker, american south, angela davis, Aretha Franklin, Chain Chain Change, Columbia Journalism School, domestic violence, Evelyn C. White, Evelyn Corliss White, Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone, feminism, Getting Free, Ginny NiCarthy, Joanne Bealy, journalism, Natalia Dubno Shevin, Nikki Giovanni, publishing industry, Pulitzer Prize, San Francisco Chronicle, Seal Press, The African Americans, The Black Women’s Health Book, The Color Purple
Elizabeth Rush discusses RISING: DISPATCHES FROM THE NEW AMERICAN SHORE.
Tags: Beasts of the Southern Wild, climate change, East Coast, ecosystem, Elizabeth Rush, environmental crisis, Eula Biss, flooding, floods, Hurricane Sandy, journalism, Katie Ford, Louisiana, Lucia Graves, Milkweed Editions, natural world, On Immunity, poetry, Politics, rising sea levels, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, science, scientists, southeast asia, swamps, tidal marsh
Vanessa Hua discusses her forthcoming novel, A RIVER OF STARS.
Tags: A River of Stars, Asian American, audience, Ballantine Books, bollywood, China, Chinese American, Deceit and Other Possibilities, emails, immigrants, immigration, India, journalism, maternity center, motherhood, mothers, parenting, pregnancy, San Francisco Chronicle, Simmi Aujla, vanessa hua
“I want to make a case for the serious, literary legitimacy of the female experience of self-construction.”
Tags: American Psycho, Arielle Bernstein, Bret Easton Ellis, d.h. lawrence, Eating Disorder, fashion, female friendship, gender inequality, gender performance, gillian flynn, Gone Girl, henry james, journalism, LiveJournal, millennials, New York City, sexism, Social Creature, Social Media, tara isabella burton, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Thomas Hardy, Thriller, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, vintage clothes, vox, writing process
Kelly O’Connor McNees discusses her new novel,
Undiscovered Country, the timeliness of its story, and the genre of historical fiction. ...more
Tags: biography, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Clan of the Cave Bear, Doris Faber, Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, gender roles, historical fiction, In Need of a Good Wife, Jean M. Auel, Jessica Jernigan, journalism, Kelly O'Conner McNees, Lenora Hickok, Lesbian, LGBTQ, louisa may alcott, misogyny, New Deal, point of view, POV, sexism, The Island of Doves, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Undiscovered Country
Michelle Dean discusses
Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, literary legends, and the absence of Black writers from the narrative. ...more
Tags: Adrienne Rich, Alice Munro, biography, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, debut author, debut book, diversity, Dorothy Parker, elon green, feminism, feminist, first book, Grove Press, Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, janet malcolm, Joan Didion, journalism, Mary McCarthy, michelle dean, Nora Ephron, norman mailer, Pauline Kael, Ralph Ellison, Rebecca West, Renata Adler, research, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, susan sontag, The Silent Woman, virginia woolf, William Shawn, zora neale hurston