I know that there are those who would argue that alcoholism is a singularly extreme condition, and I get that, but I’ve always felt clear that there’s a lot of overlap between alcoholism and plain old ordinary humanity....more
Mohsin Hamid discusses his new novel, Exit West, hope in fiction as a form of resistance, the necessity of learning to accept social change, and how much America and Pakistan have come to resemble each other. ...more
Chen Chen discusses his new collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, playing the game white supremacy has set up, and if God is trying and failing to be a cool dad. ...more
I think about the birth of Mosley, and all of the dreams I already have for him at the ripe age of one. I know how I want him to see me—strong, smart, capable of anything and everything. This is how I want him to see all women, but me especially....more
This Tuesday was, by no means, a good news day. The night before was the tragedy in Manchester, England, at which a suicide bomber killed children at a pop concert.
But, sad as it is, that is not the story that moved me, on this beautiful Tuesday, to tears. I care, but at this point I am emotionally numbed when it comes to terrorist attacks. Aren’t you? The story that moved me to tears this morning was this one, outing the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a voracious slumlord. It got to me because this is not a story about public policy but personal evictions, practically one-on-one encounters. And the defense? One must recognize a fiduciary responsibility to one’s investors. And the moral responsibility to one’s tenants? Such a concept doesn’t exist in Trumplandia. (more…)
This week, a story at Smokelong Quarterly instructs us on how to become a new person. The title of Rebecca Bernard’s story, “How to Be Another Person in Five Days,” plays humorously with the trope of familiar self-help programs and fad diets that promise a “new you” in x amount of time, but the story itself is anything but light and fluffy.
You will begin by letting go. Lie down and open your mouth. Can you feel them? The air particles are moving in and out, alighting on your tongue and residing in your being. The secret is in the kind of particles. If you taste yellow, stand up. (more…)
We love Girls Write Now, a community of professional women writers and media makers on a mission: for 18 years, their award-winning programs have provided creative and academic guidance, support, and opportunities for young writers in New York City.
And the program is looking for its 2017-18 mentors! Mentees and mentors become writing partners, collaborators, and lifelong friends. A typical pair session can involve building on a work in progress, fine-tuning application essays for a college-bound senior, editing each other’s poems, or taking a field trip to places designed to inspire, like museums, movies, or a new neighborhood. (more…)
I have known the poet Elizabeth Metzger since kindergarten—and ever since I have known her, she has been a poet. When we played the The Game of Life, a board game, she wrote small lyrics about the futures we ended the game with; when I had a crush, she wrote light verse about the boys I swooned over; when I was reading Redwall and Lord of the Rings, she was reading Emily Dickinson.
In third grade, our favorite game was the Twin Game: I was Rose, she was Lily, and the entire game consisted of us pretending to be identical twins—and not just any identical twins, but the inseparable, same-thought-at-the-same-time, mind-melded, scientific-study kind of identical twins. At the heart of this game was a shared longing for an impossibly close connection, one that could somehow transcend the physical boundaries that ground us all, one that meant we were not alone.
This longing to bridge the gap between self and other—whether that other is friend, lover, imagined child, or mother—is at the core of Elizabeth’s debut collection The Spirit Papers. (more…)
Friday 5/26: Alan Felsenthal celebrates the launch of his new book, Lowly, and is joined by poets Jamie Mortara and John Nikerasz. Ally’s House, 7:30 p.m., free but donations accepted to go to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a crappy toilet drain. You owe it to yourself, your community, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of the truth.
Our next Letter in the Mail comes from Colin Dickey! Colin begins his letter by telling us about how he used to hate email, and reminds us that a letter is so much more than its content—a letter is an experience.
To make sure you experience Colin’s letter, subscribe to Letters in the Mail before June 1! And remember, Letters in the Mail helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, you can correspond with your favorite writers and support the website in one fell swoop. (more…)
Wednesday 5/24:David Brazil celebrates the release of Holy Ghost, his third full-length collection. He will be in conversation with Julien Poirier, co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore.