Posts by: Marisa Siegel

Write for Us!

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The Rumpus is looking for two new writers to join our blogging team!

First, we need a new Notable Chicago blogger. Notable Chicago is a weekly column highlighting literary events in and around the city. Ideally, our Notable Chicago blogger lives in the city and is already familiar with the literary scene and events happening around town.

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American Writers on Donald Trump

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American writers have issued a statement on Donald Trump’s candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. They are asking writers across the country to sign a petition signifying their agreement with the statement, which begins:

Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

And goes on to address many concerns Americans share about a potential Trump presidency.

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Independent Bookstore Day: Q&A with Lauren Groff

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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.

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Write for Us!

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The Rumpus is looking for new bloggers!

We need 1-2 volunteer bloggers to help out with the Rumpus blog on an ongoing, weekly basis. Send a brief email with relevant experience and a sample Rumpus blog post to marisa@therumpus.net for more information.

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Meet Our New Rumpus Interviews Editor!

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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.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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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.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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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.

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Meet Our New Rumpus Editors!

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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.

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Modern Man Defined

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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.

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Irresistible Narrators and Riveting Scenes with Steve Almond

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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.

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The Future of English

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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.

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Writing “the very stuff of life”

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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.

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