During my memoir mania, I had it in my head that the function of the memoir was to take a horrible, painful, or at least quirky experience and write a purpose into it. A memoir wasn’t a memoir unless it gave some sort of meaning to the random twists of fate.
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The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Ian Bassingthwaighte. Here’s an excerpt:
I spend all night thinking about bopping Karen ASAP like that would prove she’s right for me. Then immediately before sunup I sneak out of my cabin with the secret mission of finding hers.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from N. Michelle AuBuchon. Here’s an excerpt:
The more you take away, the more the world opens up. This is a poetic way of saying that Lakshmi was living vicariously through the amputation and relocation of her body parts.
Our offsite AWP event is sure to be one of the after-hours highlights of the conference....more
The next Weekly Rumpus features flash fiction from Christopher Kennedy. Here’s an excerpt:
What are the odds that a fantastic one could ever lose to an ordinary asshole? Good, you think. The fantastic ones are always losing, mistaken for ordinary assholes, and the ordinary assholes are preening about disguised as the fantastic ones.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Caitlin McGuire. Here’s an excerpt:
For a while after he came back, Annie’s mom wouldn’t let him out of the house. When she finally gave him permission to go outside, he was only allowed in the backyard, and only after dark.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Helen Ellis. Here’s an excerpt:
Relocation. That is a big word! It means change. Like when you change from your two-piece into your Little Orphan Annie outfit for talent. You contacted me because you want to change your life.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Paula Whyman. Here’s an excerpt:
I woke up one morning having transformed into a cockroach. One day I was my normal, within-bounds horny self, the horny self I’d lived with for decades, the one that fantasized over the good parts in A Sport and a Pastime and watched Paul Newman in Hud over and over.
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Elizabeth Kadetsky. Here’s an excerpt:
It was after siesta when Milo finally had the chance to converse in private with the small man, this castaway seeking refuge. The Italian spoke in a hushed voice. Il Negro was like himself an exile.
The Rumpus is looking to fill internship positions! We are looking for two interns in the San Francisco area and two interns in the Los Angeles area:
Responsibilities for LA interns: writing blog posts, social media tasks, Letters in the Mail assistance, and helping organize any events. Must have a car. Copyediting skills a plus....more
Today we honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His impact on the world is sort of impossible to overstate. As one African-American man who grew up before the Civil Rights movement put it, “Dr. King ended the terror of living in the South.”...more
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Cynthia Romanowski. Here’s an excerpt:
It’s November which means you’ve been stable on medication for exactly five years, sixty months, though it’s not something that people really celebrate. It’s not like remission from cancer or sobriety.
The Rumpus is trying to raise $15,000 to finish our first movie, an adaptation of Stephen Elliott’s novel Happy Baby.
The Web Promo Award: Susan Orlean, The Rumpus and Stephen Elliott and others will tweet your link and/or twitter handle to over 350,000 combined followers....more
Page 86 of Woes Of The True Policeman by Roberto Bolano:
The root of all my ills, thought Amalfitano sometimes, is my admiration for Jews, homosexuals, and revolutionaries (true revolutionaries, the romantics and the dangerous madmen, not the apparatchiks of the Communist Party of Chile or its despicable thugs, those hideous gray beings).
Liam has illustrated many Rumpus pieces, and his comic Boco Watches the Sea was featured in a Rumpus comics spotlight in 2013. You can see more of his books, prints, and drawings—including his latest, In San Francisco, There Is a Street—at his website....more
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Julie Babcock. Here’s an excerpt:
For four months, Elle came to my apartment with a host of delightful ideas. Elle the cat burglar in Rome. Elle the Parisian schoolteacher. Elle the Colorado sheepherder. Elle the English barmaid.
Whew, it’s done! And we have leftover merchandise!...more
Ran out of gift ideas? Forgot to put someone on your list? It’s not too late to give the gift of Rumpus! Our online store has plenty of awesome subscriptions you can give instantly, with the click of a mouse....more
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Wynne Hungerford. Here’s an excerpt:
After losing the foot, my daddy gave up on going places. He sat on the leather couch in his office at home. He drank Yoo-hoos and stopped throwing away the bottles.
I don’t know why we haven’t done this before. Here are some cool literary gifts from some cool literary people for the holiday season....more