As CBS This Morning faces the music about its inappropriate and insensitive use of Toto’s “Africa” to score a montage from Mandela’s funeral, we asked Rumpus author Steve Almond, a Toto “Africa” expert (see video below), what he thinks. Almond had this to say:...more
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The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Justin Hamm. Here’s an excerpt:
I gave him a post card. He autographed it. I gave him one of his early records. He autographed it. I gave him a record by Justin Bieber. He autographed it.
We’re excited to announce Make/Work, a new Rumpus podcast hosted by Scott Pinkmountain....more
Give the gift of The Rumpus this holiday season! We have plenty of holiday gift options, which you can view here!...more
From all of us at The Rumpus: “Happy Thanksgiving!”...more
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Katherine Zlabek! Here’s an excerpt:
There is a rocking chair in the house. The wood is solid. The varnish is worn. The seat was once a thick, flat oak sheet. Now it is curved from the skirts wearing it out, and greased from the supper hands and the dish hands, hands thick with bacon fat and butter, being wiped on the back of the skirt.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Jessica Mooney! Here’s an excerpt:
My wife would finish out her last weeks in bed, screaming the alphabet to Vanna White. I read to her about Ars Poetica, the way memories form, how to survive nuclear fallout—I told her the story of our life.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Lisa P. Sutton! Here’s an excerpt:
...moreWhen he touches her knee, just a forefinger drawn lightly over her jeans, she moves her coffee cup and saucer to cover the spot. It is both too much too quickly and also not enough. In her fantasies of this moment, she is younger, he is younger, they are awkward and unknowing together. They are both worried over acne, the freshness of their breath, the positioning of their noses. They are both uncomfortable in their bodies at the same time.
We’re sending our next Letter For Kids from Michael Reisman!
Michael is the author of the Simon Bloom Series, which follows the story of the title character who finds a book that lets him control the laws of physics. Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper is currently being optioned by Universal Pictures....more
We’re sending our next Letter in the Mail from Ray Shea on October 15!
Ray Shea has contributed to two of our Readers Report Back: Running Away and Neighborhood. His piece “Neighborhood Watch” was a nominee for a Pushcart Prize and he has been published in The Citron Review, fwriction : review and ARDOR Literary Magazine....more
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Nicole Matos!
Here’s an excerpt:...more
Every year in September there is “a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis,” as stated on the official National Punctuation Day website.
If you’re looking for a book on punctuation, Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova suggests, “Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks.”...more
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Bryan Van Dyke! Here’s an excerpt!
Head down, hands in pockets, I am almost past the first surveillance cameras when I run into my sister. She jumps up and down and squeals with delight.
The stories within this collection dig into the difficulties of humans making connections with each other. A newly single mother and her son....more
Rumpus favorite Michelle Orange recently released a collection of essays called This Is Running for Your Life. The book features well-researched stories set in various locations throughout the world “where things break down, where life is at its limits.”
In this interview with Funny Women editor Elissa Bassist, Michelle discusses the Internet’s effect on the enjoyment of a moment, her research on mental illness, and why she can’t be a tortured artist....more
Enjoy an excerpt of the story below:
For the first time in forty-eight hours, Katie looked crushed.
Over at The Weeklings, recent Rumpus interviewee Nelly Reifler examines friendship, memory, and death, as well as her personal experiences with Elliott Smith.
From his raised eyebrows and the scornful twist in his voice, he made it clear to me that he was disappointed in his friends for staging an intervention, but he had no choice but to indulge them.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Lucy Corin! Here’s an excerpt:
But the apocalypse is not the wobbling away. The wobbling away is life persisting. The apocalypse is him spinning, with the drink clink-clinking, delicate potential to go faster and faster, to drill a hole into the earth with his body-or-and-alternately, to dissipate centrifugally like rings through water, into droplets, into air.
The next Letter for Kids, going out August 15, is from Carolyn Cohagan! (It got switched with Elisabeth Dahl’s letter due to a printing error, so it’s going out later than expected, but it’ll still be awesome!)
A former stand-up comic and stage performer, Carolyn has also directed plays and two short films....more
Brian is a mainstay at The Rumpus. He’s our poetry editor and he runs our book clubs. If you participate in any of our book club chats, you’ve e-met Brian; if not, you can e-meet him on Twitter. He’s also a poet in his own right....more