Though male politicians (Hillary’s husband included), seem to overcome scandals, to remake themselves with much more ease, we hold our female politicians, including Hillary, to a different standard....more
After five years, seven months, and eighteen days at The Rumpus, Ted Wilson Reviews the World is coming to an end. Then it’s immediately coming to a beginning when it begins appearing each week at Electric Literature, starting today.
In Episode 10 of The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show, poet Nicky Beer chats about her new collection, The Octopus Game, turning subject matter into art, and how we're all just shape-shifting actors trying to get through the day. ...more
I’d propose that we learn better ways of speaking up for and protecting that space, that valley; that we prescribe uselessness as a core nutrient, one we’d surely wilt without. That we write with very fierce love....more
Earlier this month, Steven Millhauser released Voices in the Night, a new collection of short stories. On Tuesday, the Boston Globe described the towns of many of the stories in this newest effort as “Millhauserian,” which Eugenia Williamson defines as places where “characters must process their encounters with the uncanny without breaking their rose-colored glasses.”
Such is the case in Millhauser’s “Sons and Mothers,” which first appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Tin House. In this case, the uncanny is an aging, confused mother visited by her son after he’s been away many years. What makes for such a surreal, dream-like landscape is not just that we are constantly encountering the mother standing stock still and silent in weird places in the house, but also that our narrator keeps slipping in and out of sleep. Blurring the line between dreams and reality can be troubled territory for most of we fiction writers, though Millhauser makes it work here. But how? (more…)
The Poetry Foundation hosts a First Friday gallery reception for The Chicago 77. The poem, created by Fatimah Asghar, Krista Franklin, Fo Wilson, and Jamila Woods, is comprised of found text and objects. 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
This month’s Interview Show features Rebecca Makkai, Eryn Allen Kane, Mike Danforth and Ian Chilling, and Steve Walten and Rush Howell in conversation with Mark Bazer. $10 at Hideout, 6:30 p.m.
We’re never satisfied with the 30 days of poetry National Poetry Month allots, so we’re extending it by a day. We’d like to thank all the poets who shared their work with us this year. And here to take us out is Angel Nafis.
Why R&B First Thing In The Morning, Why R&B Above All(more…)
…because the role-model pressure becomes so insane, the personal and private takes a backseat to whatever it takes to maintain that fame and to maintain that lifestyle, and before you know it you’re not a human being anymore.
That gratuitous attention to detail may explain why these scenes jump out at readers, but it doesn’t explain Knausgaard’s minor obsession with shit. To be sure, the inclusion of these scenes is consistent with Knausgaard’s maximalist approach to the quotidian novel. “The banality of the everyday”—what Knausgaard is after in My Struggle—includes the human experience of basic biological functions. But there’s more to it than that.
Trollope, quite uncynically, understands both what’s necessary to make the world go round and which way the world ought to be made to turn. The Palliser books have a complicated politics. Trollope is a reformer, at times a radical, who also knows that radical reform made without some kind of social consensus is dangerous.