A weekly roundup of essays we’re reading online!
Tags: Aimee Levitt, Beth Boyle Machlan, entropy, Glynn Pogue, Guernica, Lit Hub, lyz lenz, Marcos Santiago Gonsalez, Martha Lundin, Min Jin Lee, The New Inquiry, The Takeout, This Week in Essays
It makes sense to me that Johnny Appleseed, a man, would travel God’s earth spreading his profligate seed. And then women are doomed to their lives trying to make that seed into something useful. ...more
Tags: A History of the Wife, Aphrodite, apples, autumn, children, consumption, cooking, death, Eve, fall, farm, femininity, feminism, food, Garden of Eden, gender roles, Hera, Hercules, iowa, Jamestown, Lincoln Highway, lyz lenz, Marilyn Yalom, Midwest, motherhood, mothers, mythology, nature, pie, rural, Sara Miles, switchgrass, Take This Bread, Toledo, Trojan War, women, Zeus
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: Abigail Bereola, Amy Letter, Arielle Greenberg, catcalls, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, date rape, ENOUGH, feminism, feminist, gaslight, Karissa Chen, lyz lenz, Marisa Siegel, objectification, Racism, rape, Rape culture, Sex, sexism, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexuality, shame, street harassment, victim, victimization
Tori Telfer discusses her first book
Lady Killers and the fragile “social saran wrap” that keeps us all from killing each other. ...more
Tags: Aileen Wuornos, Béla Bodó, Budapest, colonialism, comments section, Elizabeth Ridgway, Emma Carmichael, Erzsébet Báthory, feminism, fetish, gender roles, Jezebel, Jia Tolentino, Karla Homolka, Lady Killers, lyz lenz, Mallory Ortberg, masks 2017, murder, murderer, Nagyrev, Nicole Cliffe, Orientalism, Racism, research, serial killers, sexism, the awl, The Hairpin, tori telfer, violence
Rumpus editors share our Nobel Prize in Literature predictions with you!
Tags: Anne Carson, ben pfeiffer, brian spears, Christine Lee, elon green, Haruki Murakami, Ian MacAllen, Jennifer Egan, Joan Didion, Kenny G, lyz lenz, Man Booker, Margaret Atwood, Marisa Siegel, Milan Kundera, Molly Spencer, Nobel Prize, Nobel Prize in Literature, p.e. garcia, Phillip Roth, Robbie Maakestad, The Handmaid's Tale, Tiffany Midge, Ursula K. Le Guin
[I]n a book that argues we are divided and stuck in our own echo chambers, Sexton’s own divide goes unexamined, his own echo chamber unchallenged. ...more
Tags: Atticus Review, Bernie Sanders, Counterpoint Press, Donald Trump, election 2016, Elizabeth Warren, Georgia Southern University, gonzo journalism, Hilary Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Jared Yates Sexton, lyz lenz, male privilege, Matthew MacWilliams, middle America, New York Times, online harassment, privilege, Racism, Roxane Gay, Sarah Smarsh, sexism, Social Media, Stassa Edwards, stereotypes, The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, Trump, tweets, twitter
Matthew Gallaway discusses his second novel,
#gods, moving from a big publishing house to an indie press, and why it was important to him to depict gay sex in writing. ...more
Tags: AIDS crisis, bill clegg, Brian Hurley, capitalism, choire sicha, day job, detective novel, dilettante, Donald Trump, faith, Fiction Advocate, gardening, gay, Gods, homophobia, homosexuality, independent press, Jonathan Ferris, LGBTQ, lyz lenz, Matthew Gallaway, Michael Cunningham, Neil Gaiman, New York City, publishing industry, Random House, religion, Sex, sexuality, siblings, small press, The Metropolis Case, Trump
John Grisham discusses his advice for young writers, the literary mafia, and why he finally wrote a (literal) beach read.
Tags: A Time to Kill, adaptations, american south, beach reads, bookselling, Camino Island, Cormac McCarthy, elmore leonard, film adaptations, Harlan Coben, Hollywood, Ian McEwan, J. K. Rowling, John Grisham, john le carré, literary world, lyz lenz, Pat Conroy, publishing industry, Ron Williamson, Scott Turow, Stephanie Meyer, Stephen King, The Firm, vampires
David Sedaris discusses his new collection of diary entries,
Theft By Finding, his love for book signings, and his inevitable return to IHOP. ...more
Tags: Amy Sedaris, audience, audio books, book signing, David Rakoff, david sedaris, diary, England, fame, Hugh Hamrick, humor, humor writing, IHOP, ira glass, Joan Crawford, journal, journaling, Little Chef, London, lyz lenz, new york, new yorker, NPR, Radio, snob, Spice Girls, susan sontag, Terry Gross, Theft by Finding, tobias wolff
Doree Shafrir discusses her debut novel,
Startup, the differences between journalism and fiction, and why she chose to tell this particular story. ...more
Tags: BuzzFeed, Dave Eggers, Doree Shafrir, Ellen Pao, elon green, gawker, gender discrimination, gender inequality, journalism, Justin Mateen, Kleiner Perkins, lyz lenz, Matt and Doree's Eggcelent Adventure, motherhood, narcissism, New York City, New York Observer, nostalgia, parenthood, Peter Kaplan, publishing industry, sexual harassment, silicon valley, Startup, startups, tech culture, technology, tinder, Whitney Wolfe, writing process
David Grann’s new book
Killers of the Flower Moon explores the 1920s murders of the Osage tribe, the making of the FBI, and is a reminder of the all too recent history of betrayals that comprise America’s dark heart. ...more
Tags: Andrew Jackson, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, David Grann, Dennis McAuliffe, Donald Trump, Flowers of the kIller Moon, genocide, Hoover, Indigenous, J. Edgar Hoover, journalism, kansas, Louis F. Burns, lyz lenz, Missouri, Mollie Burkhart, Native American, new yorker, North Dakota, obama, oil, oklahoma, Osage County, Osage Nation, Reign of Terror, research, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, tennessee, The Deaths of Sybil Bolton: An American History, Trump
Minda Honey writes at Longreads on traveling to detox from whiteness and discovering there is nearly nowhere to escape. Good news, New Yorkers: apparently noise can be good for creativity. Susie Neilson looks at the good and the bad of noise pollution for Nautilus.
Tags: Ashley P. Taylor, Elena Zhang, entropy, essays, LitHub, lyz lenz, Marie Claire, Minda Honey, nautilus, noise, Pam Munter, race, Radio, Rosemary Kennedy, Scott Esposito, whiteness
That’s the real tangle of women’s labor; it’s too deeply ingrained to the way our lives work for us to properly strike from it. ...more
Tags: Eleanor Roosevelt, emotional labor, feminism, Frankenstein, Great Depression, hope, International Women's Day, It's Up to the Women, Jia Tolentino, lyz lenz, motherhood, parenting, Santa Clarita Diet, unpaid labor, Women's March, Women's Strike
I wouldn’t have volunteered at The Rumpus for the past three years, if I didn’t believe in the power of words. But words ring hollow if they are not met with action. Outrage tweets and Facebook posts mean noting if you don’t march, call, email, filibuster, stand, sit-in, demand, riot, challenge, and vote. Today, Roxane […]
Tags: activism, Arts Resistance, bad feminist, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Donald Trump, EPA, Flint water crisis, hunger, lyz lenz, Milo Yiannopoulos, National Parks, protest, Publishing, publishing industry, resistance, Roxane Gay, Simon and Schuster, Trump
Today, I am very excited and more than a little nervous to share with you all that I am the new Editor-in-Chief and owner of The Rumpus. ...more
Tags: brian spears, Katy Henriksen, lyz lenz, Marisa Siegel, Mary-Kim Arnold, Melissa Febos, Rumpus, Rumpus sale, Stephen Elliott, The Daily Rumpus, the rumpus, weekly rumpus
Leland Cheuk discusses his novel
The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, dark humor, cancer, morally corrupt characters, and his mother. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Bad Santa, bone marrow transplant, cancer, Chinese, comedy, dark humor, Donald Trump, El Paso, family, Faulkner, gender, humor, illness, immigrant fiction, immigrants, immigration, interview, kingsley amis, Koba the Dread, Las Vegas, leland cheuk, Lesley University, lyz lenz, martin amis, MDS, mothers, mothers and sons, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, novel, race, salon, self-promotion, small press, stand up comedy, the misadventures of sulliver pong, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, The Sympathizer, the zone of interest, Viet Thanh Nguyen, writers of color, writing
I know being a mother does not limit me. But I also know that it defines me. ...more
Tags: airplanes, children, domesticity, family, feminism, lyz lenz, motherhood, parenthood, parenting, Portland, the writing life, writing retreat
Laurie Foos discusses her latest novel,
The Blue Girl, feminism, Michael Jackson, and mythical moon pies. ...more
Tags: absurdity, Alice Munro, Cate Marvin, Cheryl Strayed, coffee house press, Elvis Presley, Erin Belieu, Ex Utero, female body, feminism, fertility, fiction, first lines, Interviews, kafka, Laurie Foos, lyz lenz, Metamorphosis, michael jackson, motherhood, mothers and daughters, pop culture, Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist, Roxane Gay, satire, The Blue Girl, The Weird, Thomas Ligotti, Twinship, vida count, writing
By writing Luz as a reluctant maternal figure, Watkins has tapped into the lean but vital tradition of fictional ambivalent mothers. The Rumpus’s own Lyz Lenz tackles maternal ambivalence in fiction in a review of Claire Vaye Watkins’s debut novel “Gold Fame Citrus” over at Salon.
We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from Rumpus Assistant Books Editor and blogger Lyz Lenz! Lyz writes a very funny letter to us about the various uses of fine china and her dislike of vinyl siding. Need a laugh? Subscribe to Letters in the Mail today, and Lyz’s letter can be in […]
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 […]
Because that’s how it is with sisters. You are them. You are not them. You are broken shards from the same pane of glass, each reflecting a different light. ...more
Tags: acne, Brenda Shaughnessy, car accident, Christianity, cutting, family, Healing, lyz lenz, Milan Kundera, Miscarriage, molestation, pregnancy, religion, scar, sisters, Skin, surgery, the bible, the book of laughter and forgetting, the unbearable lightness of being, wound
Sometimes I envy Absalom. He had recourse. He had power. He raised up an army in his rage. He did something. He turned his rage into an insurrection. All I’ve ever done is turn my anger into words. How can a sister avenge her sister? How can a brother mourn his loss? How can a […]