We at The Rumpus are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of writer Ned Vizzini at the age of 32. The author of Be More Chill, It’s Kind of A Funny Story, and other books, Ned was also an advocate for mental health awareness and often spoke publicly about his own experiences with depression....more
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Over at Longform, contributing editor Elon Green and Tits and Sass editor Josephine H. compiled a list of must-read articles about the current state of the American sex industry, called “The Longform Guide to Sex Work.” We’re extremely pleased that longtime Rumpus contributor and columnist Antonia Crane has been included on that list, for her audacious 2012 Rumpus piece “Paying to Play: Interview with a John.”
Congratulations to Antonia!...more
“It’s 2011. There’s a shoebox under my desk filled with rejection letters. In defiant bold letters I’ve labeled it Reasons to Keep Writing.”
Over at The Outlet, writer and recent Rumpus interviewee Nathaniel Kressen chronicles his journey from frustrated to fulfilled as he took matters into his own hands and self-published his first novel....more
What do you do if you live in Washington, D.C. in the midst of a federal government shutdown that leaves 800,000 people out of work and affects millions of others? If you’re Sean Carman, a writer, environmental lawyer, and longtime Rumpus contributor, you take to the streets and interview the residents whose lives have been at a standstill for the past two weeks....more
If you’ve been keeping tabs on Netflix’s new brand of television, you’ve probably been anticipating the premiere of Orange is the New Black. What you may not know is that the series, about a woman who is incarcerated after she is caught running money for an international heroin gang, is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name....more
If you’re looking for a fun and clever way to waste time at work today, it might be worth participating in Electric Literature‘s Author Sexting Hashtag Contest on Twitter. Here are the rules:
Embody the voice of your favorite writer in a sext (or sext-up a title) and tweet it at @electriclit with #authorsexts before 8 pm (EST) tonight.
Have you ever wanted to work on a movie set? Do you live in New York City and have some time to spare? The Rumpus is looking for a few hard-working individuals with can-do attitudes to join Happy Baby as Production Assistants!...more
I’m to be his guide in the mountains of Kirkegaard, W. says. His sherpa. I’m to carry his things. What should he bring? His learning, W. says. His years of study in the philosophy of religion. He’ll instruct me as we climb, W.
I think that most of us believe that time doesn’t really exist outside of the school. Or at least we act like it does not. This is to say, we know that in theory there was life before the school and that there will be life after the school if we can ever get out.
The good news, as The Atlantic Wire reported yesterday, is many bookstores in Manhattan and Brooklyn managed to weather the storm, and should be—if they aren’t already—doing business as usual within the next day or so.
The bad news is powerHouse Arena, a beloved bookstore situated in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, was not so lucky....more
After you read Brian Spears’s excellent take on our current political climate and why government is actually, in fact, important, get yourself acquainted with everything you need to know about participating in this year’s election.
Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig, compiled this immensely helpful FAQ, which covers topics such as where you can vote (if you don’t already know), what you need to know if you’re planning on gambling on the election (yes, we do mean placing bets), voter fraud, and the statistical likelihood of your vote making or breaking an election if you live in a swing state. There’s also loads of charts, graphs, links to fact-checking websites, and other useful items, so that you can wake up next Tuesday as informed as possible....more
Here are some links to psych you up for this good read:...more
The last of the presidential debates is on tonight. Before gearing yourself up for that, check out these two great essays we published over the weekend:
“If we can’t see the reality we wish, we simply manufacture it. We supply the demand.”
Roxane Gay deconstructs our fascination with the revelation of the self....more
In “What’s Eating Jami Attenberg?”, the writer talks shop about her latest novel, The Middlesteins, and also puts in a good word for chivalry in art:
“…that’s totally tied into who I am as a writer....more
“I think in general writers are pretty nice to each other. And it’s not a zero sum game. I think that people understand that there’s always room for another good writer. I mean there is not a fixed amount of success to go around – it’s an ever-expanding and expandable quantity.”
Some wise words from Susan Orlean, who is interviewed today over at Freerange Nonfiction....more
It’s officially autumn! We welcome you to think about scarves, soup, and playing in giant piles of leaves, but maybe after reading the three great essays we published this weekend first:
Matthew Salesses tackles singular models of racial identity—and so much more—in a follow-up to his previous Rumpus essay, “Different Racisms: On Jeremy Lin and How The Rules of Racism Are Different for Asian Americans.”
Zoe Ruiz meets a Kink.com star, who also happens to be her long-time porn crush, and experiences an intense collision of fantasy and reality....more
“Here are some of the things you need to know.” Gooding handed Pilley a card, laminated to slip smoothly into and out of his wallet, with a bulleted list of do’s and don’ts.
Pilley stared at the card like it had the answers to the algebra final exam.
“Then again, you might not be the funny type. How about making the rejection letter poignant, depressing, or even hurtful? Push the envelope. Your audience is a bunch of bored writers begging for a little drama in their pathetic lives. Never be sort of poignant!...more
Maybe if I’d participated more when I was a student, I’d have had a well formed outlook about who people really are, and I would have better grasped evil. I wouldn’t have committed as many errors as I have. I knew that people in Colombia killed, but I never thought that people I knew would be capable of going so far.
“I lose faith daily. Still. I don’t ever have “writer’s block” (I’m not ever sure I believe in it), but I do let writing go all the time. I now understand that’s just part of my personal process, and I embrace it....more
Happy Labor Day, everyone! We hope you’re able to take it easy today. If you’re planning on knocking around the Rumpus for a bit, check out these fantastic essays we posted over the weekend. You won’t regret it:
Jake Cline remembers Beth Orton’s Central Reservation, and why shared music taste shouldn’t necessarily be a relationship dealbreaker....more
Earlier this month, Arnade wrote a piece on his Tumblr defending the project, and specifically criticism of his reputation for “touching up” subjects prior to shooting the photos....more