This week's Member Pick is "Yellow,"
a story by Antonia Crane
about the days following the death of her mother. The piece will be featured in Black Clock #17
this summer and is adapted from her forthcoming book Spent
. We asked her to tell us how the story first came together.
PUBLISHED: April 23, 2013
LENGTH: 1 minutes (279 words)
This week's Member Pick comes from Antonia Crane
, the Los Angeles-based writer whose work for The Rumpus
has been featured on Longreads in the past. We're excited to feature "Yellow," a story about her relationship with her mother, about stripping, and about loss. The piece will be published in Black Clock #17
, due out this summer, and it's adapted from her forthcoming book Spent
. Thanks to Antonia and Black Clock for letting us share this story with our members.
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PUBLISHED: April 18, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2959 words)
An open conversation with a man who pays for sex, and why he does it:
"Rumpus: With any other job, it would be “working an extra shift” the doing more in order to buy shoes or pay for a vacation, but you’re also talking about another aspect of sex work: The part where one crosses lines drawn in the sand. At several points, I had disdain for certain acts, but when I felt trapped or needed rent or wanted those shoes, I crossed those self-imposed boundaries. The result was unexpected: It made me feel a stubborn and unspoken alliance with women I’d previously judged. But it also felt like a relapse of sorts.
"Max: Yeah, you go into this with a list of things you’ll never do. Lines you’ll never cross. You’ll never get a blowjob without a condom (until you find out how uncommon covered blowjobs are, and well, that’s an easy temptation to give in to.) You’ll never see a girl who’s being coerced by a pimp, and then you find out that, well, you’ve been doing it, and now what? Try harder to screen people? You’ll never see a girl who’s got a bad drug habit, but then you run into one, and now what? That list of things you’d never do becomes the list of things you’ve done."
PUBLISHED: June 6, 2012
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4847 words)