Posts by: Lisa Dusenbery

The Short Answer

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So in order to say why I’m making movies I would have to answer why I write books and maybe, more importantly, why I would ever want to publish a book that I had written. At that point your getting into some pretty dark places. And I’m pretty sure any answer would probably fall short […]

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Happy Independence Day!

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We’ll be taking it easy around here today, but we hope you’ll find some time to read Roxane Gay’s excellent interview with Terry Tempest Williams. The discussion, which touches on democracy, community, and intimacy with the land, will give you lots to contemplate as the fireworks go off. Here are a few other things to revisit today: […]

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Oklahoma

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Our thoughts are with the people of Oklahoma as the rescue effort continues in the wake of yesterday’s devastating tornado. Oklahoma City’s KFOR-TV has live streaming coverage online. Here are a few ideas on how to help the victims. A Facebook group is helping to link up victims with their strewn belongings. Here are some recovered […]

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“Things You Should Know About Isaac Fitzgerald”

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For the past two, almost three years, the story behind a lot of my writing has been shaped by Isaac. He is the editor behind the writer. Really, Isaac is the editor alongside the writer. Yesterday Isaac Fitzgerald announced that he will be stepping aside as Rumpus managing editor. In response, essays editor Roxane Gay shares some heartfelt […]

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Boston Marathon Explosions

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There are reports of serious injuries after two explosions detonated at the Boston Marathon finish line. Live updates can be found here. Our thoughts are with the victims and the city of Boston. UPDATE: President Obama will address the nation at 6:10 ET.

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Algren, The Movie

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Check out the trailer for the forthcoming documentary on writer Nelson Algren, “recipient of the first National Book Award for Man With a Golden Arm, Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘Chicago Bohemian’ lover, a Beat writer before the Beats, a forerunner of the Gonzo movement, drinking buddy of Roger Ebert.”

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Peter Rock Rocks SF

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Peter Rock will be in San Francisco this weekend, reading from his latest novel, The Shelter Cycle. Join him on Saturday, April 13, 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Green Apple Books (506 Clement Street). And stick around for drinks afterward at Abbey Tavern. Get prepped for Saturday by enjoying our in-depth interview with Rock.

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L.A. Women

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“There’s a creative renaissance currently flourishing in Los Angeles and these women are central figures.” This week, KCET’s L.A. Letters explores iconic women in literary L.A. The writers and musicians featured include Saturday Rumpus editor Zoë Ruiz!

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RIP Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)

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We’re saddened by the news that novelist and poet Chinua Achebe passed away today. Here are just a few conversations from his long and impacting legacy: In a 2009 interview with All Things Considered, Achebe discussed his first and most famous novel, Things Fall Apart. Chinua spoke recently about the importance of storytelling. Revisit the Paris Review’s […]

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Utne Media Award Nomination!

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We have some good news, folks. We’ve been nominated as one of four finalists for the 2013 Utne Media Award in the category of Best Writing! Presented by the editorial staff of Utne Reader, the award is in its 24th year. Big congrats to all the excellent nominees in each and every category! Get the details after the jump:

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Rumpus Ink

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Last year, we published Chris Stedman’s essay “Sympathy for the Devil” with accompanying artwork by the one-and-only Jason Novak. Now, Chris has turned Jason’s illustrations into tattoos! Of his new ink (which you can check out after the jump), Chris says: I hope they will serve to remind me to respond to intolerance and fear […]

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COMIQUES: The Show

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If you’re a New York-based fan of COMIQUES, Anne Emond’s delightful Rumpus column, listen up. There will be a week-long show of Emond’s comics and drawings at Superchief Gallery from March 25-31st. The opening will be held on March 30 from 7-10pm. Find details after the jump:

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Tonight: Get Out of My Crotch Reading

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This evening, Rumpus columnist Sari Botton, along with Elissa Bassist and Betty MacDonald, will be reading from Get Out of My Crotch: 21 Writers Respond to the War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health. Monday, March 4th, 7 pm at Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center (172 Allen Street, New York). Edited by Sari Botton and Kim Wyatt, […]

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Tribute to Newtown

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The Newtowner magazine, based in Newtown, CT, is working on a special tribute issue in response to the events of 12/14. They’re looking for submissions of poetry, nonfiction, photography, and art that would be appropriate in an issue dedicated to the people and places of the town. Click here for more information.

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Dirty Words

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Here’s an intriguing visual analysis of 5000 escort field reports from the UK’s largest cities. The infographic paints a picture of a typical encounter based on most popular sex acts, descriptors of location and escort, average duration, price paid, and more.

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Link Love

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At The Cut, Ann Friedman cited Roxane Gay’s “searing takedown of the racist and sexist humor that pervaded Oscar night.” Feministing also praised Roxane’s essay. We love you both back big time!

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Not An Email

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This is a letter in two parts. It didn’t start out that way but I got to thinking about joy and revision. So when I say goodbye the first time, you’ll see there’s actually more to go. So begins Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s Letter in the Mail, which City Lights has posted in honor of Letter Writing […]

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Fight Song Giveaway! (Is now over)

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In celebration of yesterday’s interview with Joshua Mohr, we’re giving away three copies of his novel Fight Song, “a call to arms against complacency, a rally towards reclaiming one’s own individuality.” The first three readers to email lisa AT therumpus.net will receive a free copy! Please use the subject line “FIGHT SONG” and include your name and […]

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“a better, funnier form of commencement wisdom”

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Trop Magazine is throwing a writing contest. The Trop Short Fake College or High School Class President Commencement Address contest is an opportunity to write in the wisest, most bombastic, most grandiose way possible. Most of us didn’t get selected to give our commencement addresses. Most of us had to sit in our gowns sweating, enduring […]

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Adobe Lives!

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Bay Area! Come out and party for Adobe Books this Saturday. The beloved bookstore (and neighbor of Rumpus HQ) is launching a fundraiser and Crowdfunding Campaign to keep its doors open after 25 years in the Mission. Saturday’s celebration will feature readings by Marina Lazzara, Chris Carlsson, Maw Shein Win, & Sarah Wishby. Plus music by DJ Carnita, Photo […]

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