Posts Tagged: recovery

Breathing into the Paper Bag: Talking with Jenny Valentish

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Jenny Valentish discusses her memoir, WOMEN OF SUBSTANCES.

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Voices on Addiction: A Conversation with Kristi Coulter

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This world doesn’t have to like me. But it does have to reckon with me, with my humanity.

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Building the Muscle: A Conversation with Kristi Coulter

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Kristi Coulter discusses her debut essay collection, NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS.

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Pulling the Thread Through: Talking with Tina Alexis Allen

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Tina Alexis Allen discusses her memoir, HIDING OUT.

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Discomfort, Desire, and Drugs: Talking with Ben Gwin

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Ben Gwin discusses his debut novel, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Regan Middleton, the book’s unique structure, and writing satire.

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Voices on Addiction: A Conversation with Andrea Jarrell

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I didn’t want to be edited in that way. I needed to tell my story.

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The Delusion of Objectivity: Talking with Leslie Jamison

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Leslie Jamison discusses The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, understanding that every text is incomplete, and whether motherhood has changed her writing.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kaveh Akbar

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Kaveh Akbar discusses his new collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf, finding community in poetry, books on craft, and mining the supernatural for poems.

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Voices on Addiction: The Honeybee

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She never stopped, a bee buzzing from flower to flower to flower, collecting all the sweetness she could.

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Voices on Addiction: Shame Is a Treble Hook

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Shame is a treble hook that tells me that 1) I not only fail but am a failure, that 2) I not only damage people but I am damaged, and that 3) I not only lie but I am a lie.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #24: Must I Be an Angry April Fool?

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When I attended professional acting school back in 1986 (the MFA program at UC Irvine, I proudly remark), I had a teacher ask me once, “Charles, are you able to feel any authentic emotion other than anger?” I paused for a bit and considered the question, before answering, truthfully, “No. I don’t suppose I can.” […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Joshua Mohr

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Joshua Mohr discusses his memoir Sirens, writing for his daughter, and why he values art that trusts its audience.

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The Truth About Lying

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My gut is a red, fiery drum, a beacon of rosy light. My instinct to run is a bright radioactive pink arrow, a bloody blade. I was correct.

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My Voice for Their Drugs

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Anxiety disorients me from inside. My heart moves so erratically I’m afraid it will give out, my breath so staggered I have to remind myself to take in air.

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Bodies in Space: Teaching after Trauma

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Turning onto my street and looking south I feel the ground drop beneath me every time—I turn the corner and the sidewalk falls. I feel invisible then, as if I’ve vaporized.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #1: Are We Amused Yet?

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Here is something I’ve always believed: Just knowing I am an artist, asserting that identity, is more important than what I produce. It is a victory in itself.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: A Brief History of a Bad Heart

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She studies you, still panting with an energy that consumes the room, and whispers in a reedy voice: “They say you fucked up your heart.”

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Patrick O’Neil

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Patrick O’Neil talks about his debut memoir Gun Needle Spoon, being big in France, the drug/recovery genre, and writing through trauma.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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In “Hunting For The Little Prince,” Sigal Samuel invites us to tag along as she pursues the real-life inspiration for the blonde-haired protagonist of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous children’s book. No spoilers, but this particular missing person search ends happily. Then, in the Sunday Essay, Rob Roberge tackles his demons and the continuing fallout from […]

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