(The Daily Rumpus) Make Mondays Better

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Yesterday I wrote to a friend, “Today was a long Monday.” Probably because I often do more work on the weekends than I do on weekdays, Mondays don’t

   

Yesterday I wrote to a friend, “Today was a long Monday.”

Probably because I often do more work on the weekends than I do on weekdays, Mondays don’t feel like a beginning, like easing my way into a new work-week. Mondays instead can feel like dread, like uphill, like never-ending, like a wall I’m slamming my body into over and over till I break through (if I break through).

But what if there were a way to make Mondays better?

Enter Memoir Monday.

Memoir Monday began as a weekly newsletter co-curated by Narratively, The Rumpus, Catapult, Granta, Guernica, Longreads, and Tin House. Just sign up, and we’ll deliver our favorite work from the week prior to your inbox every Monday. The very best new first-person writing, all in one place, so you’ll always be well-read and in the know, ready for the week ahead.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? But maybe not quite wonderful enough if, like me, you’re huddled in a corner taking deep breaths and hiding from Monday’s responsibilities.

Good news! Memoir Monday is now also an IRL reading series! Climb out from under the covers and head to the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn the third Monday of each month, and join us as we listen to a few of today’s finest writers read from their work. Our kickoff event takes place next Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. The lineup includes Melissa Febos, T Kira Madden, Jaya Saxena, and Tyler Wetherall—that’s something even this Monday grouch can get excited for!

We hope to see you there for our launch, and every third Monday thereafter! RSVP here.

If you aren’t in New York, rest assured we’re looking into additional ways to spread the Memoir Monday love across the nation. In the meantime, consider signing up for the Memoir Monday newsletter!

Love,
Marisa

P.S. We’re running another awesome promotion this month! Through April 30, purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription or a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription and we’ll send you your own signed copy of Eats of Eden by Tabitha Blankenbiller! Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book! Offer valid while supplies last. Due to shipping costs, this offer is only available for US subscriptions.

Please remember that our four subscription programs (Book Club, Poetry Book Club, Letters in the Mail, and Letters for Kids) do heavy lifting when it comes to keeping The Rumpus afloat. Put yourself in direct communication with your favorite authors and keep The Rumpus alive at the same time! Plus, our programs make wonderful gifts for those bookworm BFFs in your life, young and old.

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