Tomorrow, Independent Bookstore Day will mark its second year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide, with literary parties around the country. In cities and towns throughout the country, participating independent bookstores will host unique literary parties, including readings, raffles, scavenger hunts, story times, music, food trucks, and literary trivia....more
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We are sad to announce that Ben Pfeiffer, who has been working with The Rumpus for nearly two years, first as Assistant Interviews Editor and then as Interviews Editor, will be moving on to work on personal projects. Ben has been an integral part of the site, making sure to keep our Interviews section running smoothly and more importantly, making sure we are interviewing interesting, diverse, and unique writers and artists....more
First, in the Saturday Essay, Cindy Lamothe writes about Central American street gangs, folklore, and how “more than a decade’s worth of war [has] left El Salvador in an aggressive tailspin of poverty and violence.”
Then, Ryan Werner reviews poet Katie Schmid’s collection, forget me / hit me / let me drink great quantities of clear, evil liquor, writing that Schmid’s poems are “a love letter, one that reaches out in blind bravery to the isolated bittersweetness of the Midwest and the women who circle around—or are circled around by—manhood.”
Finally, in the Sunday Essay, Ariel Gore offers us a beautiful, if heart-rending, essay about cycles of violence as she takes us from her childhood with a troubled father to the present, where she finds herself raising a child of her own with another troubled father in, and out, of the picture....more
First, Brandon Hicks brings us an illustrated retrospective of the works of Franklin “Boobs & Butt” Barber.
Then, in the Saturday Rumpus Review of Todd Haynes’s movie Carol, Sean Donovan considers how this new film fits into Haynes’s other works that focus on the 1950s, writing, “Until Carol, Haynes’s examination of queer sexuality and fifties culture has been rooted in detached, postmodern explorations of the fifties.” He concludes that, “perhaps Carol is the fifties, for real this time.”
Meanwhile, Heather Partington reviews Rus Like Everyone Else, Bette Adriaanse’s debut novel from Unnamed Press....more
You may have noticed some recent changes to The Rumpus masthead.
First, the sad news. Katy Henriksen, our first-ever Music Editor, is stepping down to make time for other projects. Katy has been a key force in shaping the music section at The Rumpus, and she will be missed—though you will continue to see her name around these parts, as she’ll be continuing her Rumpus column, Diamonds and Rust....more
The event features Rumpus friends and contributors, including Nina Bargiel, Antonia Crane, Kima Jones, Mallory Ortberg, Pamela Ribon, Kate Spencer, Karolina Waclawiak, and Roxane Gay with host Zoë Ruiz....more
We’re beyond bummed to let you know that Roxane Gay is leaving the Rumpus to focus on other endeavors (like her two new books, the recent novel An Untamed State and the imminently forthcoming essay collection Bad Feminist). Roxane is as much a part of the site as anyone, and we hope she won’t be stranger around here....more
Yesterday, Rumpus columnist Thomas Page McBee kicked off his new series, “The American Man,” over at the Pacific Standard. Featuring “gonzo reporting from barber shops, boxing gyms, frat houses, and other bastions of masculinity in an effort to define what makes a modern man,” the writing will also form the basis for McBee’s next book....more
We love Girls Right Now, the NY-based organization that helps underserved teenage girls in New York develop their creative voices and prepare for college. You can support their efforts, and preview the next generation of female writers, tomorrow at the Scholastic Auditorium in SoHo, NY from 6-8 p.m....more
Girls Write Now, a NY-based organization that helps underserved teenage girls in New York develop their creative voices and prepare for college, continues their 2014 CHAPTERS reading series this Friday (5/30) with an evening featuring celebrated writer Ana Castillo and original work performed by participants in the Girls Write Now program....more
Rumpus columnist and friend Steve Almond is teaching two classes at the Grotto in San Francisco on July 19th!
How to Write Riveting Scenes will investigate what it takes to keep readers on the edge of their seats, while How to Create Irresistible Narrators examines the work of Nabokov, Salinger, Austen, and others in an effort to make sure your next narrator isn’t just strong, but irresistible....more
Girls Write Now, an awesome organization that works with underserved teenage girls in New York to develop their creative voices, continues their 2014 CHAPTERS reading series with an evening featuring author, reporter, and broadcaster Farai Chideya and original work from Girls Write Now participants....more
Is it work, though? The question persists. Is a single muscle exerted during the process? Do you sweat at all, besides the weird thing that sometimes happens under your right arm because you haven’t lifted it up for 8 hours?
Seventeen years ago I wrote a book, which you can find on Amazon and Google and elsewhere online. This is unusual only because my book was never published.
Jason K. Friedman writes in the New York Times about his book the almost, sort of, but never really was, and its long-lasting Internet identity....more
We know Bishop primarily as the eager traveler who wrote of distant, tropical locations and lived for many years as an expat in Brazil. She was that, of course, but she was also an aficionado of her native landscape and climate.
After centuries of shuffling papers, biographers must now deal with the sudden digitization of the self, and the behavioral changes that have followed.
Over at The Millions, Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin considers how email technology has affected biography—and what’s gotten lost in the shift from paper to computer....more
Are English departments dying? Or, are they simply changing to meet the wants and needs of today’s students? Emory University professor Marc Bousquet argues it’s the latter, and sees more change ahead:
If universities like mine are still offering doctorates in English 10 years from now, the programs won’t resemble the lit-only degrees at Yale or Columbia.
The biggest myth we are fed as artists is that we need to sustain ourselves solely on our art. This is ridiculous. Every artist has at some point in time had some other job. Some of them kept these jobs their entire lives.
Today in unusual writing jobs: an inside look at what it’s like to be an obituary news writer for the New York Times.
Each day, it is our job to come to know such strangers intimately, inhaling their lives through telephone calls to their families, through newspaper and magazine profiles culled from electronic databases and through the crumbling yellowed clippings from the Times morgue that can fall to dust in our fingers as we read them.
The Muppets taught us to think for ourselves, innovate, follow our dreams and make the world a better place.
Head over to Salon to learn how the Muppets helped shape a generation of artists and businesspeople, and taught 50 million Americans growing up in the 70s and 80s the value of creativity....more
Poetry and music share a word of process — composition — and are linked by negotiations of melody, harmony, rhythm, proportion, and discord.
While some poets require silence to compose, many others find that listening to music and writing go hand-in-hand....more