The sun blazes in a clear blue sky and is visible well until 9 o’clock at night. It’s Gay Pride weekend in San Francisco, the streets bejewelled with parades, both joyous and bittersweet. The coffee shop is full of people playing board games while the taquerias overflow with confused French tourists. Desire of every form is swirling in the air.
This week, Rumpus Books has been invaded by a motley, libidinous band of interviews, profiles, special excerpts and essays. As well as superb reviews. Everything from Iran to pornography to bad-ass biker poets to extreme storytelling to Mexico City’s version of Bukowski, Rumpus Books has a something to please everyone.
90 Miles From Home — A review of Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés’s Marielitos, Balseros And Other Exiles
The Rumpus Interview With Joe Meno — Joshua Mohr talks to Joe Meno about The Great Perhaps, fundamentalism, and why George W. Bush’s sentences are so short.
The Tao Of Keith — A review of What Would Keith Richards Do?
A Bad-Ass Biker Poet: Thom Gunn — A review of Thom Gunn’s Selected Poems.
Iran’s Regime: Marching Towards A Cliff — A special comment by Tamim Ansary, author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes.