Today marks my last day as the editor of the Sunday Rumpus, and I’m honored to celebrate it by publishing one of my favorite writers working today, Emily Rapp, with a stunningly powerful and complex essay, “Casa Azul Cripple.” I was thrilled to first introduce Emily’s work to The Rumpus three years ago, and this, one of her finest essays, could not be a better swan song for my treasured time here, and for what I think The Rumpus offers to the literary community in terms of digging in deep, defying easy taglines, continuing to embrace long-form personal and political and cultural essays that go places it is simply impossible to reach in 650 words....more
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“We like the idea of a guy who gets away with it…It’s a very American ideal—the freedom to break the law.”...more
Dear amazing Rumpus tribe—
This September marks my third anniversary as the editor of The Sunday Rumpus. These three years have included some of the true highlights of my 17 years as an editor—from being able to interview one of my lifelong literary heroes, Margaret Atwood, to introducing the work of many writers whose essays have now graced The Rumpus numerous times, such as Jennifer Pastiloff and Emily Rapp…and whose back to back pieces will, at the end of September, also mark the end of my time as a Rumpus editor....more
This Sunday Rumpus happens to find me arriving in original Rumpus stomping ground, San Francisco, where I’m thrilled to be reading at The Make-Out Room tonight with Janice Cooke Newman and Liza Monroy! Master of ceremonies is San Fran and Rumpus Fave, Joshua Mohr....more
This Sunday, we’re pleased to offer four new book reviews, including our Sunday Feature, a more in-depth analysis of the United States’ immigration policies on cross cultural American families. Happy reading!...more
On March 30, The Sunday Rumpus will celebrate spring with a bang, making sure you are at no loss for reading material! Be sure to tune in to see a cornucopia of reviews from regular Rumpus reviewers, Anna March and Heather Partington, as well as a feature-length discussion of the timely and politically vital anthology Amor & Exile....more
Steve Almond asks whether it’s immoral to watch the Super Bowl.
Best headline ever: ghost ship of cannibal rats about to crash into the Devon coast!
The Online Avengers: The New York Times explores the complexities of anti-bullying activism on the internet....more
This is my second-to-last round-up before I go on hiatus for my book tour, which is a sprawling, insane thing that’s lasting until the end of April, on and off. That’s nothing, of course, compared to the duration of some tours (the fabulous Adderall Diaries tour, for example, that gave birth to the Daily Rumpus), but I have three kids so I’m a little strung-out about it all....more
A smart, informative and provocative open letter from Dani Shapiro: “Dear Disillusioned Reader Who Contacted Me on Facebook.”
Thanks, Seth Fisher–love this on “cisgendered persons.”...more
Here it is: the NYTimes 100 Notable Books.
The Times Literary Supplement includes Rick Whitaker’s An Honest Ghost, published by Seattle indie Jaded Ibis, among their Best Ofs.
And an eclectic, timeless list from BookRiot.
Famous authors on whether the symbolism in their work was intentional....more
Congrats to Rumpus co-owner (and boy meteor) Isaac Fitzgerald, new books editor at BuzzFeed.
Can you drink like Dorothy Parker?
“In my experience, there are about a dozen submissives for every true dominant…you’d think that most people would rather be a hammer than a nail, but I’m here to tell you it’s not so.” Elissa Wald talks to Heeb....more
Unveiling the new dates/site/faculty for Other Voices Querétaro, the writing program I run out of Mexico. Come join us June 27-July 6, with a hotbed of Rumpus alum faculty: Cecil Castellucci, Rob Roberge, Emily Rapp, Stacy Bierlein, and of course I will be there, doing individual manuscript consults and running around like a chicken with my head cut off, of course....more
Abby Geni of The Rumpus Book Club will be chatting with club members tomorrow…today we have the phenomenal Karen Bender talking with Abby to wet your whistle. (Um, I think I have been waiting my whole life for a chance to use that phrase!)
So I’m announcing it here before it debuts on our website once it’s updated within the month, but Other Voices Queretaro has added Emily Rapp and Cecil Castellucci to our 2014 faculty, which already includes Rob Roberge, Stacy Bierlein and of course…well, me....more