Adam Morris discusses Quiet Creature on the Corner, a novel he translated from the Brazilian by João Gilberto Noll, the choices he makes as a translator, and the unique narrative structure of Noll’s writing. ...more
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Kaveh Akbar, Shon Arieh-Lerer, Justin Boening, Sarah Blake, and Ariella Ritvo-Slifka about Max Ritvo's Four Reincarnations. Max Ritvo died on August 23, 2016. ...more
Every time I leap there is a chance I will fall, and every time I fall there is a chance I will finally crack my head open like a Faberge egg and luminous black spiders will crawl out to mark the outline of my body with blinking stars and black thread....more
I think back and then here, where I can only think of beasts with stains: oil and blood. They have become as familiar as an oil-stained cloth in a garage, or the things we ignore, just there in the light....more
This election is critical. We are code-red. We might elect our first woman president, or we might elect a man who is at best dangerous and unqualified and at worst the end of democracy as we know it today....more
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This year saw Adrienne Rich’s poems released into a collected edition by Norton, and some really great new articles written about her. Though she passed away in 2012, it’s safe to say that she remains a presence, will always remain a presence, in American writing. Her voice is still just as deeply felt, as urgent, as clear, and as necessary as it has been since her most famous collection, Diving into the Wreck, was released in 1974. Rich shied away from nothing, and fought fiercely within the feminist thesis that the personal is political. She asked questions like accusations in poems like “What Kind of Times Are These.” We should all be better for reading it.
Notable San Francisco grieves for the tragic loss of life in Oakland with the burning of Ghost Ship. Making art is a dangerous pastime, but it shouldn’t be life threatening because artists are forced by city gentrification to live on the urban fringe. Some who died were unfortunate party-seekers, but many were artists who died as martyrs in the cause of living true to themselves in a mad world. We honor them all in our hearts as we keep artistic community alive by showing up for it.
Wednesday 12/7: Rebeca Solnit celebrates the release of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.
Amidst writing, producing, and starring in the FX series Atlanta and being cast to portray a young Lando Calrissian in an upcoming Star Wars installment, Donald Glover took some time to return to his Childish Gambino persona and has released one of the most interesting album of 2016.
Awaken, My Love!, out on Glassnote Records, is Childish Gambino’s third full-length album. For this most recent effort, the Californian hip-hop musician seems to draw from his father’s music of choice, the Isley Brothers and the Funkadelic, with hints of Kamasi Washington and Jack White, to create a new psychedelic funk, inspired by psychedelia, Afrobeat, and Motown all at once. The new record is distinct from his previous work. His voice sings over traditional sounds mixed with more experimental music, leaving us with an album Glover described as “an exercise in just feeling and tone.” A very good one. Give Awaken, My Love! a listen after the break. (more…)