"10. Discover the internet. Discover Kate Bornstein. Discover that it’s not just you.
11. Cut your hair, but only a little.
12. Fall again for the girl in the picture in that magazine you’re still carrying, after seven more moves and one amazing partner and three splendid kids and all those years.
13. Stop pretending.
14. Blow up the world, clumsily. Break hearts, including your own.
Recommended Reading: Rafe Posey’s Rumpus essay, “Coming Out, Again and Again, in 27 Easy Steps.” (via millionsmillions
)THIS is a thing I wrote for The Rumpus, and now here it is on The Millions.
I am so happy.
dreaminaubergine asked: Yesterday, I was re-reading the Coldtown short story to get myself (even more) psyched for the book, and I realized that the release date for the novel actually fell on the date of Matilda's death. Was that intentional, or just an odd coincidence?
Is that TRUE?
My name is Matilda Green. I was born on April 10, 1997. I died on September 3rd, 2013. Please tell my mother I’m okay. And Dante, if you’re watching this, I’m sorry.
Now I am thoroughly creeped out by myself. What an incredibly strange coincidence.
I am happy to know that Holly Black, who is awesome, creeps herself out, not just all the rest of us.
Today I am reading SUBMERGENCE by J. M. Ledgard, and it is amazing language about love and death and identity and the sea and the ocean and war and faith. And this is how Ledgard describes a man realizing he has fallen in love: “He looked at her once more. Took her in. She was different. The space between places had collapsed, people were propelled through the sky in pressurized cabins, but she was opening up another world in the world.” Excerpt From: J. M. Ledgard. “Submergence.” Coffee House Press. This is why we need independent small presses like Coffee House, for publishing these books, and independent bookstores with booksellers who will tell us about this book.
"I got lucky,” he says. “My book sold, but it could have just as easily not sold. It could have been nothing. It could have disappeared. But the point is that I wrote it.” His words sink in. The process is what makes us."
Making art, making gnomes (via karenmaywrites)
As I have said before, sometimes The Rumpus is too skinny jeans, but when it’s not… Sometimes it’s among the best literary site on the internet. This essay from which this quote is drawn is a great essay, and writers should read it.
I’m glad I read it, but I’m mostly glad that I saw this quote when I did, since it is awfully timely for where I am in the revisions right now.