At the end of the week, which was long with sleepless nights, Miri picked her heart out of the kitchen sink, put it in a paper lunch bag, and took it to the witch. ...more
Tags: affair, break-ups, cheating, depression, heartbreak, infidelity, love, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, marriage, relationships, romance, Rumpus Original Fiction, witch, witchcraft
Elissa Washuta discusses her new essay collection, WHITE MAGIC.
Tags: Adrienne Keene, apophenia, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, colonialism, Cowlitz, cultural appropriation, Elissa Washuta, essays, Greg Mania, magic, memoir, My Body Is a Book of Rules, Native American, occult, research, Tin House, Urban Indian Health Institute, White Magic, whiteness, witch, witchcraft
Anna North discusses her new novel, OUTLAWED.
Tags: America Pacifica, American history, American West., Anna North, bank robbery, body autonomy, Brit Bennett, Brokeback Mountain, childbirth, childhood trauma, eugenics, faith, feminism, feminist, fertility, gender roles, gender stereotypes, infertility, literary tropes, marriage, midwife, midwives, Old West, Outlawed, outlaws, postpartum depression, pregnancy, Racism, religion, reproductive health, reproductive rights, sexuality, teenagers, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, The Mothers, trauma, tropes, wild west, witchcraft, women's bodies, Yasmin Roshanian
A compendium of pungent and poignant biographical narratives of numerous so-called witches, The Witch of Eye is difficult to put down. ...more
Tags: Bamberg, book review, Elaine Breslaw, essays, Ethiopia, feminism, feminist theory, Foucault, Furra, gender inequality, Geri Lipschultz, Indigenous, Isobel Gowdie, japanese internment, Jesus, Johannes Junius, Kathryn Nuernberger, M. Jacqui Alexander, magic, Margery Jourdmayne, Maria Sibylla Merian, Marie Laveau, marriage, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Medea, memoir, Michel de Certeau, Native American, natural world, patriarchy, racial inequality, Racism, review, Salem witch trials, sexism, slavery, The Witch of Eye, Walpurga Hausmannin, White Supremacy, witchcraft, witches, women's bodies
Tags: Agnes Naismith, american politics, Angela de la Barthe, anti-semitism, Catherine Campbell, Christian Shaw, conspiracy, conspiracy theories, Conspiracy Theory, Daemonologie, Donald Trump, Elizabeth Styles, Funny Women, gender inequality, humor, humor writing, Kathryn Nuernberger, King James Bible, King James I, midwife, midwives, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, political resistance, Politics, QAnon, Right Wing, Salem witch trials, sexism, The Witch of Eye, Trump, Walpurga Hausmannin, White Supremacy, witch, witchcraft, witches, Women's History Month, women's rights, Women’s History
Jenny Hval discusses her new novel, GIRLS AGAINST GOD.
Tags: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, black metal, Blood Bitch, Book Club, capitalism, Chris Kraus, Clarice Lispector, collaboration, community, Edvard Munch, Film, gender roles, Girls Against God, horror, horror films, Jenny Hval, Juliana Spahr, magic, Music, neoliberalism, Norway, Norwegian, patriarchy, resistance, Rumpus Book Club, Sarah Davachi, The Rumpus Book Club, Verso Books, witchcraft
But this is We Ride Upon Sticks : someone’s perm falls out, someone becomes prom queen. ...more
Tags: 1980s, 80s, andrew mckernan, bildungsroman, book review, Brat Pack, collective memory, coven, Emilio Estevez, field hockey, foreshadowing, Gen Z, Heathers, Helen Oyeyemi, high school, LGBTQ, Molly Ringwald, New Hampshire, omniscient narrators, Quan Barry, queer, review, salem, Salem witch trials, sports, stereotypes, team sport, teenage girls, teenagers, tropes, we ride upon sticks, witchcraft, witches
The moment presented itself at dusk the following day. ...more
Tags: A Girl Is a Body of Water, adolescence, book excerpt, exclusive excerpt, grandfather, grandmother, grandparents, Idi Amin, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Rumpus exclusive, Tin House, Tin House Books, Uganda, witch, witchcraft, witches
Faylita Hicks discusses her debut poetry collection, HOODWITCH.
Tags: Acre Books, Ai Ogawa, Allen Ginsberg, ancestors, assault, audre lorde, Bri Luna, Danez Smith, debut collection, Dorothy E. Roberts, eric garner, Faylita Hicks, HoodWitch, Howl, identity, James Baldwin, Killing the Black Body, LGBTQ, magic, molestation, motherhood, mothers, nature, non-binary, Onyx, pansexual, Patricia Smith, Playing in the Dark, poems, poetry, Pool Boi Blu, pregnancy, prostitution, queer, racial inequality, racial violence, rape, Saaret E. Yoseph, Samuel Little, sex work, sexual violence, sexuality, slam poetry, Sojourner Truth, spoken word, spoken word poetry, The Fire Next Time, Toni Morrison, trans, trauma, Trayvon Martin, vulnerability, witchcraft, witches
Augusten Burroughs discusses his new memoir, TOIL & TROUBLE.
Tags: alcoholism, animals, Animals in Translation, Augusten Burroughs, dogs, Dry, Haley Sherif, LGBTQ, Lust & Wonder, Lust and Wonder, magic, memoir, mental illness, mothers, mothers and sons, narcissist, nonfiction, on monsters, queer, recovery, Running with Scissors, Sellevision, Sensory Processing Disorder, sobriety, Temple Grandin, This Is How, Toil & Trouble, Toil and Trouble, witch, witchcraft, witches
We seldom forget when people promise to give us something, whether we need or want that thing or not. I promise you death, you want a death. ...more
Tags: adolescence, aging, brothers, Carl Napolitano, children, crush, death, fairytale, family, ghosts, high school, LGBTQ, magic, Rumpus Original Fiction, secrets, short fiction, siblings, sisters, teenagers, witch, witchcraft, witches
I’m an atheist who often carries crystal rosary beads and a relic of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. My grandparents, Mary and Gus, bought them both at the Vatican where they had traveled to see Pope Paul VI canonize Mother Seton. The rosary beads were a gift to me some months later when I made my […]
Tags: A Prayer for Owen Meany, Anita Diamant, Anna March, atheism, Barbara Kingsolver, Dostoyevsky, Flannery O'Connor, fyodor dostoevsky, God, grandparents, John Irving, Marjane Satrapi, Nedjma, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, religion, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Shusaku Endo, silence, The Almond: The Sexual Awakening of a Muslim Woman, The Brothers Karamazov, The Poisonwood Bible, The Red Tent, The Vatican, What the Body Remembers, Wise Blood, witchcraft
I’ll go one further and posit that we need our illusionists: to disprove our eyes, investigate our dreams, and sometimes charm the money from our pockets. ...more
Tags: A Trip to the Moon, Academy of Magical Arts, animism, Blithe Spirit, Bonnie Johnson, Cabaret, cheating, Chung Ling Soo, clairvoyant, Dai Vernon, Deptford Trilogy, Derek DelGaudio, dogs, dream interpretation, dreams, Dungeons & Dragons, electromagnetism, Enlightenment, Fisherman’s Wharf, fortune teller, gambling, gypsy, Haiti, Helder Guimarães, horoscope, Houdini, illusions, Inayat Khan, Jane Eyre, John Gaughan, levitation, Liberace, magic, Magic Castle, magicians, Marcel Mauss, medieval, Milt Larsen, Miss Julie, mythology, Nietzsche, numerology, ouija board, Penn & Teller, Persi Diaconis, psychics, relationships, religion, Richard Ford, Ricky Jay, Robert-Houdin, Robertson Davies, shamanism, Spiritual, Spiritualism, tarot, The Prestige, Three Card Monte, wide sargasso sea, witchcraft
A totally fantastic new comic of literary witches over at Electric Literature. Let your day get a bit magical.