Blair Braverman discusses her latest book, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North, gendered travel narratives, and the pressure to write about personal trauma.
We’re at that point in the holiday shopping season where if you don’t already have a gift for someone, you either have to deal with the other last-minute shoppers in stores, pay an outrageous shipping rate online and hope the post office/shipping company gets it to you on time… or buy something a little more abstract, […]
Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing By Your Favorite Authors, contains exactly what its title promises. The book came out last fall, but Lit Hub just posted a few excerpts, including a comic strip by Daniel Clowes and a story by Gillian Flynn that was inspired by the Sweet Valley High series. On his literary “gem,” Clowes said, […]
In The New Yorker this week, George Packer covers what sounds like a battle between serf states but is actually the heated war between Amazon, Apple and the Big 6 publishers. He gives us the low-down on Amazon’s tumultuous foray into online publishing and their monopoly on the ebook industry. This isn’t the first time […]
LitCast, the podcast arm of San Francisco’s annual LitQuake festival, has a new episode up featuring your favorite literary website: the Rumpus! Recorded live at our last LitQuake event, the episode features Lucy Corin, Saeed Jones, Mac McClelland, and more writerly goodness. Listen to it here! You’ll get to relive the night or experience it in […]
Tomorrow Night! The Rumpus proudly presents: For We Have Fallen to Our Knees! The Rumpus is excited to participate in the San Francisco Lit Crawl! Come see readings by: Lucy Corin, Saeed Jones, Mac McClelland, and Brian McMullen! There will also be the comedic genuis of Sean Keane and music by Michael Mullen. The event is […]
The Rumpus proudly presents: For We Have Fallen to Our Knees SF Lit Crawl Phase 3: Saturday October 19th, 8:30-9:30 p.m. The Make-Out Room 3225 22nd Street San Francisco Readings by: Lucy Corin, Saeed Jones, Mac McClelland, and Brian McMullen! Comedy by: Sean Keane! Music by: Michael Mullen! Co-hosted by: Zoë Ruiz and Ryan Pittington! Event is free! […]
At Mother Jones, Mac McClelland writes a must-read piece about her time working in an online-shipping warehouse, exposing an appalling workplace reality at the center of popular and profitable cyber-retailers. “It’s the first time anyone has ever tried to comfort me because I got a job, because he knew, and everyone in this industry that’s […]
At Mother Jones, our friend Mac McClelland reports from Uganda, focusing on the defiance of the country’s gay community in the face of bigots (some of whom have American allies). McClelland calls attention to the fact that despite the media’s recent focus on Uganda, anti-gay violence and attacks on gay rights is occurring elsewhere, including […]
Feministing published an article on the backlash to the Mac McClelland piece on PTSD, commending her bravery, defending the art of the personal essay and citing yesterday’s Roxane Gay piece for its wise advice on how our diverse personal narratives should work together to “present a more accurate view of one part of the world.” […]
Last week journalist Mac McClelland wrote a brutal, exceptional essay for Good where she plainly discussed her experience with PTSD and her desire for violent sex as one means of coping with the atrocities she had witnessed as a human rights reporter. Early in the essay, McClelland writes about being in Haiti. As a Haitian American, […]
This past Monday, we linked to a piece in Good by friend of The Rumpus Mac McClelland that detailed her struggle with PTSD and her use of violent sex to help ease it. On Friday, Jezebel posted an open letter to Good‘s editors from 36 journalists who claimed that McClelland maligned Haiti in her piece. […]
The poster person for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a war veteran, which isn’t surprising given that anywhere from 11 to 20 percent of veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed as sufferers. But it’s not solely a soldier’s disorder. Mac McClelland, who reports on human rights issues for Mother Jones, and who […]
What Rhoades Ha and the New York Times fail to understand is that the backlash is not about readers misinterpreting these quotes as belonging to the reporter, James C. McKinley Jr. It is about everything else.
In March, Soft Skull Press released For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question, Mac McClelland’s memoir of the six weeks she spent in Thailand, helping refugees from Burma living illegally in a border city. These refugees were from an ethnic minority called the Karen (kuh-REN), and they’ve been persecuted by the junta in Burma, […]
This week in New York Keith Gessen and Elif Batuman talk, Guernica has a reading, Joanna Newsom sings and plays harp, Marcel Dzama appears, talks and signs books, The Moth has a Story Slam, Christopher Walken loses a hand and Zoe Kazan gives him one, and Atlas Obscura presents an international celebration of curious and […]