Mad Moms

Amanda Montei
Analysis and conversations about mothers, madness, power, literature, and culture.
Created 10 Aug 2021
  • Towards an Economy That At Least Makes an Effort to Pretend It Values Maintenance Labor
    01 Dec 2021 • 11 min read • 15 1
    Mad Moms is supported by readers like you. To receive new posts and support what’s happening here, become a subscriber. Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ “Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969!” outlined a proposa...
  • In Praise of the Bleak, the Foreboding, the Claustrophobic Depictions of Motherhood
    17 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 4 0
    People expect a lot from mothers and even more from those who write about their experience of being one. After the publication of Rachel Cusk’s memoir of new motherhood, A Life’s Work, one reviewer wr...
  • The Postpartum Body
    12 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 2
    Last night, I devoured over fifty pages of Melissa Febos’ new book Body Work in preparation for an interview I’m doing with her for Electric Literature. The book is incredible. I also re-read parts of...
  • The Fear of Caring Too Much
    03 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 3 1
    Basically me, all the time To get into the Halloween mood, over the weekend Jon and I watched Pyscho. For those in need of a refresher, the film begins with Marion Crane, an independent working woman,...
  • Angry Mamas
    20 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 9 2
    Angry Mama staring down… what? who? Several years ago, on one of many routinely demoralizing trips to Target with my toddler, I stumbled on a microwave cleaner called Angry Mama, an as-seen-on-TV prod...
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