In this lush and raw account, musicians play, voices harmonize and then separate again, town after Alaska town rolls by… and Waterfield searches for home. ...more
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, absent mother, absent mothers, absent parent, Alaska, Anchorage, book review, Borrowed Finery, childhood, community, depression, Fairbanks, family, Frank Conroy, Inside Passage, Keema Waterfield, Mary Karr, memoir, mothers, mothers and daughters, music festivals, parents, Paula Fox, Portage, review, Ronit Feinglass Plank, Ronit Plank, sexual abuse, single motherhood, Single Mothers, Stop-Time, The Liars Club
Ronit Plank discusses her new memoir, WHEN SHE COMES BACK.
Tags: absent mother, absent mothers, absent parent, And Then Everything Changed, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, childhood, childhood trauma, cult, cults, daughters, David Koresh, Debra Gwartney, Flushing, Home Is a Made-Up Place, israel, Jennifer Fliss, Jessica Lipnack, kibbutz, Mary Karr, memoir, memory, motherhood, mothering, mothers, mothers and daughters, Motina Books, Rajneesh, Rajneeshpuram, Ronit Feinglass Plank, Ronit Plank, The Art of Memoir, The Situation and the Story, Vivian Gornick, When She Comes Back, Wild Wild Country
Gina Frangello discusses her debut memoir, BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN.
Tags: A life in men, affair, aging, Blow Your House Down, breast cancer, cancer, carmen maria machado, chronic illness, Claudia Rankine, David Ulin, debut memoir, disability, divorce, Every Kind of Wanting, extramarital affair, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, Gina Frangello, illness, infidelity, James Brown, Joan Didion, Kathy Acker, Kiese Laymon, l'ecriture feminine, Lidia Yuknavitch, Maggie Nelson, marriage, Mary Karr, Maxine Hong Kingston, memoir, memory, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, My Sister's Continent, Pam Houston, Patti Smith, relationships, representation, Roxane Gay, sarah manguso, sexism, Slut Lullabies, Sophia Stewart, The Argonauts, The Two Kinds of Decay, The Woman Warrior, This River, Toni Morrison, unreliable narrator, Vivian Gornick, women's bodies
Lauren Hough discusses her debut essay collection, LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING.
Tags: addiction, Anthony Bourdain, audiobooks, Austin, barrett bowlin, berlin, Changeling, Children of God, Comet Kohoutek, country music, cult, cults, day jobs, debut collection, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Elizabeth McCracken, Emmylou Harris, essay collection, family, gay, Gillian Welch, H is for Hawk, helen macdonald, Jason Isbell, Jeanette Walls, Lara Prescott, Lauren Hough, Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing, LGBTQ, lydia davis, Mary Karr, Massachusetts, memoir, Music, Patty Griffin, queer, Social Media, Taylor Stevens, Texas, The Family, The Secrets We Kept, Townes Van Zandt, travel, traveling, twitter, Vesper Flights, voyeurism, working class
Sarah Kasbeer discusses her debut essay collection, A WOMAN, A PLAN, AN OUTLINE OF A MAN.
Tags: #metoo, A Woman a Plan an Outline of a Man, Abandon Me, acquaintance rape, adolescence, Alice Bolin, chloe caldwell, debut collection, Elisa Gabbert, Elissa Washuta, essay collection, excavation, How to Sit, If You Knew Then What I Know Now, Jo Ann Beard, Legs Get Led Astray, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Maggie Nelson, Mary Karr, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, memoir, My Body Is a Book of Rules, myriam gurba, Once I Was Cool, PTSD, rape, recovery, Ryan Van Meter, Sarah Kasbeer, Sari Botton, sexual trauma, sexual violence, Terese Mailhot, Terese Marie Mailhot, The Argonauts, The Boys of My Youth, The Self Unstable, trauma, Tyrese Coleman, Tyrese L. Coleman, wendy ortiz, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, Yvonne Conza, Zone 3
“You’re solving this mystery, you’re taking this journey, but that’s only an opening to another journey.”
Tags: adoption, autofiction, Berea College, birth mother, child abuse, childhood trauma, Chris Moore, genre, ghosts, identity, Julie Marie Wade, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Kentucky, magic, Mary Karr, motherhood, mothers, point of view, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, structure, Sue William Silverman, Surrendered Child, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Wanting Radiance, Wishbone
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Alan Felensthal, Alia Volz, Amitava Kumar, Amy Long, Amy Meyerson, Ariana Reines, Betsy Fagan, brian gresko, Carolyn Forche, Christopher Locke, Clare Beams, Curzio Malaparte, Dani Shapiro, Dinah Lenney, Edward A. Farmer, edwin frank, Elisabeth Thomas, Erik Anderson, Gary Indiana, Giselle Burgess, Hua Hsu, Ivy Pochoda, Joy Priest, Kate Zambreno, Kaveh Akbar, Keayva Mitchell, Kelly Rimmer, Kerry Kletter, Kristen Millares Young, Kristen Renee Miller, Kurt Andersen, laura van den berg, Laura Vanden Berg, Maggie Doherty, maggie messitt, Mary Karr, Matthew Yeager, Megan Abbott, Melissa Febos, Michael Cunningham, Nancy Star, Nikita Stewart, Nina Boutsikaris, Nina Renata Aron, Notable Online, Porochista Khakpour, Rachel Syme, rachel vorona cote, Rebecca Fitting, Rebecca White, Sabrina Imbler, Sabrina McMillin, Sejal Shah, Sopan Deb, Stephanie Danler, Stephen Haff, Steve Mentz, Susan Choi, Susanna Moore, Tracy O'Neill
Drinking is the opposite of staying. ...more
Tags: AA, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, anxiety, Belle Robertson, Caroline Knapp, Enjoli, Glennon Doyle, Jennifer Hollis, Kristi Coulter, Lit, Love Warrior, marriage, Mary Karr, motherhood, panic attacks, parenting, Pema Chödrön, recovery, sober, sobriety, Tired of Thinking About Drinking, Voices on Addiction
Tracy Strauss shares a reading list to celebrate her debut book, I JUST HAVEN’T MET YOU YET.
Tags: Black Boy, Cheryl Strayed, Frankenstein, heirlooms, hunger, I Just Haven't Met You Yet, Judith Herman, Margaret Atwood, Mary Karr, Mary Shelley, naomi alderman, rachel hall, richard wright, Roxane Gay, The Art of Memoir, The Edible Woman, The Odd Woman and the City, The Power, tracy strauss, Trauma and Recovery, Vivian Gornick, What to Read When, Wild
Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman discusses her debut memoir, SOUNDS LIKE TITANIC.
Tags: #metoo, Abigail Thomas, Abuse, abusive relationship, American Media, Appalachia, assault, Barbara Ehrenreich, Barrie Jean Borich, beauty ideals, beauty standards, body image, Cherry, debut memoir, feminism, feminist, first book, health insurance, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Iraq War, Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, Jessica Hindman, Linsey Maughan, Mary Karr, mass media, Maya Angelou, Meghan Daum, memoir, Music, Naomi Wolf, Nickel and Dimed, point of view, POV, Safekeeping, sexual assault, Sounds Like Titanic, The Beauty Myth, The Situation and the Story, violin, violinist, Vivian Gornick, W. W. Norton
Reema Zaman shares a list of books to celebrate her forthcoming debut memoir, I AM YOURS.
Tags: a wrinkle in time, Amberjack Publishing, An American Marriage, Anne Lamott, Big Magic, Bird by Bird, Cheryl Strayed, Committed, Dear Mr. You, Eat Pray Love, elizabeth gilbert, Fed Up, Gemma Hartley, Glennon Doyle, I Am Yours, Isabel Allende, Lidia Yuknavitch, Love Warrior, madeleine l'engle, Mary Karr, mary louise parker, Paula, Reema Zaman, Tayari Jones, The Art of Memoir, The Chronology of Water, What to Read When, Wild
Jennifer Martelli discusses her new collection of poetry, MY TARANTELLA.
Tags: Bordighera Press, Christine Blasey Ford, election 2016, Elizabeth Bishop, Frances Donovan, Helen Barolini, Hillary Clinton, homosexuality, Italian-American, Jennifer Martelli, Kitty Genovese, Laura Jensen, LGBTQ, lucie brock-broido, Lucille Clifton, Marcia M. Gallo, marie howe, Mary Ann Zielonko, Mary Karr, My Tarantella, poetry, recovery, Rilke, Sharon Olds, Simone Weil, spirituality, sylvia plath, The Uncanny Valley, Wallace Stevens, Winston Moseley
Literary events in and around NYC this week!
Tags: alex mar, Alison Kinney, Alyson Hagy, Amy Sillman, Anna Godbersen, Anna Snoekstra, Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Anushah Jiwani, beth bachmann, Billy Hough, Cathy Park Hong, Charles Bernstein, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Craig Morgan Teicher, Daniel Lawless, darcey steinke, Edward Carey, Eric Karpeles, Erin Hoover, Ethan Coen, Felix Bernstein, francine j harris, Georgia Weber, Hala Alyan, Hernán Díaz, Hiroaki Sato, Ian King, Idra Novey, Irena Grudzińska-Gross, Jason Starr, Józef Czapski, Jennifer Baker, Jon Land, Joshua Idaszak, Julia Young, katy waldman, kriota willberg, Kristen Radtke, Lee Briccetti, Lilly Dancyger, Lisa Halliday, Lisa Tschernkowitsch, Marta López Luaces, Marwa Helal, Mary Karr, Maryse Meijer, Matt Harkins, Mercedes Roffé, michael seidlinger, Michele Filgate, Monica de la Torre, Monique Truong, Montana Ray, Nathan McClain, New York City, Nick Flynn, Nick Zinner, notable new york, Notable NYC, Ravi Agrawal, Robert Kramer, Sallie Tisdale, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Scott Adlerberg, Sharon Mesmer, Shelley Jackson, Stacy Wakefield, Tobias Carroll, tori telfer, Tracie Morris, Tunku Varadarajan, Valerie Wallace, Vijay Seshadri, Zachary Lipez
Allie Rowbottom discusses her debut memoir, JELL-O GIRLS.
Tags: addiction, Adrienne Rich, Allie Rowbottom, Anne Carson, Annie Dillard, audre lorde, bodies, body image, Carole Maso, chronic illness, Claudia Rankine, daughters, eileen myles, epigenetics, Eula Biss, feminism, first book, food, Helene Cixous, illness, intergenerational trauma, Jane Austen, Jeanette Winterson, Jell-O, Jell-O Girls, Katharine Harrison, kathryn harrison, lauren groff, Leslie Jamison, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lucille Clifton, Lucy Grealy, Maggie Nelson, Marguerite Duras, mary gaitskill, Mary Karr, memoir, mental illness, Monet Patrice Thomas, Morgan Parker, mothers, mothers and daughters, patriarchy, privilege, Roxane Gay, sarah manguso, sexual abuse, sexual trauma, The Liars Club, trauma, virginia woolf
Kristi Coulter discusses her debut essay collection, NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS.
Tags: AA, addiction, adultery, alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, amy hempel, blackout, Caroline Knapp, claire dederer, desire, drinking, essay collection, infidelity, Kristi Coulter, Laurie Colwin, Leslie Jamison, marriage, Mary Karr, Melissa Batchelor Warnke, Monogamy, Nothing Good Can Come from This, open marriage, perfectionism, recovery, Sarah Hepola, Sex, Since Right Now, sobriety, The Recovering
Place is context in part, but it is not context in summation. ...more
Tags: (K)ink: Writing While Deviant, Bible, creative nonfiction, D Gilson, Dinah Lenney, Duane E. Smith, Eudora Welty, garth greenwell, gay, homosexuality, Jesus, King David, kink, LGBTQ, Mary Karr, piss, place, queer, Sex, sexuality, submission, translation, urinal, urine, What Belongs to You
Meghan Flaherty discusses her debut memoir,
Tango Lessons, how the book found its current format, and writing a memoir at a young age. ...more
Tags: Argentina, Book Club, celeste ng, dancing, debut memoir, family, first book, Giovanni's Room, H is for Hawk, helen macdonald, history, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Jo Ann Beard, Joan Didion, Katherine Boo, Little Fires Everywhere, love, Maggie Nelson, Marisa Siegel, Mary Karr, Meghan Flaherty, memoir, motherhood, parenting, Patricia O'Toole, relationships, research, Rumpus Book Club, Salvage The Bones, Sex, sexuality, Sing Unburied Sing, tango, Tango Lessons, The Moralist, virginia woolf, writing sex
Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!
Tags: Alexander Chee, Alexandra Tanner, Allyson Paty, Amna Ahmad, Amy Lawless, Amy Remland, Andrea Jarrell, Andres Cerpa, Andrew Mangan, Angel Nafis, Angela Flournoy, Ben Fama, Blanche McCrary, Bob Raymonda, Caitlin Scarano, Carley Moore, Carly Joy Miller, Charlotte Crowe, Cleo Wade, Collin Frazier, Corey Mead, Crystal Powell, Damien Tillman, Dana Czapnik, David Lehman, Dawn Lundy Martin, Diana Sue Hamilton, Ed Sanders, Eddie Joyce, Erik Hoel, Ethan Shafran Moltz, Eugene Lim, Florence Gonsalves, Fred Marchant, Grady Chambers, Gregory Pardlo, Hanif Abdurraqib, hannah tinti, Hawa Allan, Hubert Vigilla, Iris Martin Cohen, Jamel Brinkley, Jayson P. Smith, Jessica Knoll, Joel Remland, John Deming, Julia Specht, Justin Phillip Reed, Katy Mongeau, kyle mccarthy, Lawrence Detlor, Liz Bowen, lore segal, Madisen Kuhn, Marcella Durand, Mary Karr, Mary-Kim Arnold, Maud Streep, Max Steele, Meghan O'Rourke, Melissa Scholes, michael ondaatje, Michael Sorkin, Michelle Junot, Mike Scalise, Mitchell Kuga, Moina Pam Dick, Nabila Lovelace, Naima Coster, notable new york, Notable NYC, paul auster, Phoebe Glick, Richard Russo, Robyn Kanner, Rumaan Alam, Sandy Allen, Sarah Bridgins, Sarah Vandervennet, Scott Hess, Sean Santiago, Silvia Killingsworth, stacy szymaszek, Stephanie K. Hopkins, Tomi Obaro, tori telfer, Vi Khi Nao, Victor Elan Vazquez, Yesenia Montilla, Yuxi Lin, Zefyr Lisowski
Jack Driscoll discusses
The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot, “the impermanence of everything,” and how he chooses his characters’ names. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, A.B. Guthrie, andre dubus, charles dickens, David Roderick, Elizabeth McCracken, Flannery O'Connor, Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot, Graham Greene, Jack Driscoll, Joe Wilkins, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Kevin Brockmeier, Lucky Man Lucky Woman, Mary Karr, Michigan, parenting, Patricia Ann McNair, poetry, Robert Bly, Ron Rash, teaching writing, The World of a Few Minutes Ago, Wanting Only to be Heard, wendell berry
Ariel Levy on
The Rules Do Not Apply, the illusion of control, and language’s inability to express grief. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, alcoholism, ariel levy, Australia, coming of age, control, Dept. of Speculation, elizabeth strout, Female Chauvinist Pigs, feminism, Greek myth, grief, infidelity, Janet Malcom, Jenny Offill, Joan Didion, journalism, Judith Thurman, Lauren Collins, loss, marriage, Mary Karr, memoir, Mongolia, motherhood, Natalie Villacorta, New York Magazine, Ongoingness, parenting, sarah manguso, Sydney, Thanksgiving in Mongolia, the new yorker, The Rules Do Not Apply, writing process
Here are some book recommendations about husband-swatting ladies who you might adore.
Tags: A Novel about My Wife, Agamemnon, Alissa Nutting, An Oresteia, Anna Quindlen, Black and Blue, book recommendations, clytemnestra, Donald Trump, Emily Perkins, Kate Chopin, marriage, Mary Karr, Meg Wolitzer, Melania Trump, Pearl S Buck, reading list, Tampa, The Angry Wife, The Awakening, The Liars Club, The Wife, What to Read When
Need to write something for some reason? Here’s how. ...more
Jamie Brickhouse discusses
Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother, a memoir that chronicles his intimate, near-fatal journey through alcoholism, and living HIV positive. ...more
Tags: addiction, addicts, AIDS, AIDS crisis, alcohol, alcohol abuse, alcoholic, alcoholism, coming out, Dangerous When Wet, death, fathers, fathers and sons, fear, Fire Island, gay, HIV, HIV positive, homosexuality, humor, Jamie Brickhouse, Literary Death Match, Mary Karr, memoir, mothers, mothers and sons, Olivia Kate Cerrone, Palm Springs, rehab, shame, Stigma, suicide, Texas, The Moth, theater, therapy, unconditional love, voice, Will & Grace
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Washington Post had ten designers create short animations to accompany excerpts of poems.
Memoirs get a bad rap, for reasons both legitimate and superficial. With a work of unintentional autobiography under his belt, Lucas Mann grapples with the stigma of the reflexive: To put it bluntly, memoir is the only literary form still defined by its shittiest iterations.
Karen Salyer McElmurray talks about academia, the relationship between flaws and perfection, writing memoir, and the “tapestry” of writers who inspire her.
Tags: academia, adoption, Adrian Blevins, Alzheimer's, Angelhead, Anne Carson, Annie Dillard, Appalachia, Because I Remember Terror, compassion, Dennis Covington, Florida International University, Georgia College & State University, Greg Bottoms, Jeannette Winterson, joy, Julie Marie Wade, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Leslie Jamison, luminous, Mary Karr, Mary Oliver, memoir, MFA, Mnemosyne, Moments of Being, Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek, Red: On Patience and Patience in the Desert. Sue William Silverman, Salvation on Sand Mountain, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, Sue William Silverman, Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey, tall tales, teaching writing, tenure, Terry Tempest Williams, the body, The Motel of the Stars, Ursula LeGuin, virginia woolf, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, Why Be Normal When You Can Be Happy?, womb, women's writing
When Esquire released a list of “The 80 Best Books Every Man Should Read,” the magazine provoked ire and excoriation. But hey, at least Esquire has recognized its mistake. For its new list of “80 Books Every Person Should Read,” the magazine consulted women readers who know what they’re talking about, from authors like Lauren Groff […]
Debra Monroe talks about her new memoir,
My Unsentimental Education, the future of the genre, and how the Internet has changed what it means to be human. ...more
Tags: Angela's Ashes, Austin, creative nonfiction, dating, David McLean, Debra Monroe, Emily Fox Gordon, feminist, Flannery O'Connor Award, flaubert, gender, Graham Oliver, Industrial Revolution, Internet, Kirkus Reviews, Lionel Trilling, Longreads, Mary Karr, memoir, memory, My Unsentimental Education, NPR, podcasts, power dynamics, salon, sexism, Sincerity and Authenticity, social class, Source of Trouble, Stop-Time, Texas State University, The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, The Boys of My Youth, The Liars Club, trauma, University of Georgia Press, Wisconsin
Annie Liontas talks about her debut novel
Let Me Explain You, crafting voices, and the benefits—and occasional pitfalls—of returning to get an MFA after years of writing in the dark. ...more
Tags: amy hempel, Annie Liontas, Arthur Flowers, Carlos Fuentes, Christine Schutt, Dana Spiotta, Daniel Torday, david mamet, debut novels, fathers and daughters, first books, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, george saunders, Goodbye Columbus, Greece, humor, immigrants, inherent desire, Jeffrey Eugenides, King Lear, Let Me Explain You, Mary Caponegro, mary gaitskill, Mary Karr, MFA, Middlesex, narrative problems, philip roth, Poxl, rabih alameddine, rivka galchen, saul bellow, short fiction, Stavros, structural constraint, Syracuse, The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Hakawati, voice
The author of the new memoir
Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul talks about growing up impoverished, abused, and in love with words. ...more
Tags: african american, American Childhood, Anne Lamott, Annie Dillard, childhood, children, coming of age, Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul, Diane Lefer, family, fathers, housing projects, hunger, inner city, Laurie Alberts, Laurie Jean Cannady, Lincoln Park, Mary Karr, memoir, molestation, mothers, mothers and daughters, poetry, Portsmouth, poverty, rape, Remica Bingham, Rigoberto Gonzales, Samantha Asmaudu, sexual abuse, shel silverstein, Sue William Silverman, Tim Seibles, trauma, youth