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
Esmé Weijun Wang discusses her first novel, The Border of Paradise, about a multi-generational new American family, creative expression through writing and photography, and interracial relationships. ...more
Now everything finally made sense. I had practically died and woken up, resurrected. That’s why everyone was looking at me funny. Like its cousin Death, Near-Death leaves a stench that makes people uncomfortable....more
In a world in which it is okay for our president to mock a man with disabilities, we might well never see again the ultimately beautiful sight of a classroom of children disowning their own cruelty, choosing to be on the side of decency and care....more
This week, VICE’s 2016 Fiction Issue is out, with work from exciting voices like Ottessa Moshfegh, Rachel Cusk, Roxane Gay, and more. This year’s fiction issue, like the magazine itself, is an engaging, diverse, and sometimes in-your-face read with topics ranging from smart cars to campus rape, love triangles to the meaning of life.
One standout story, Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Love Stories,” captures the less fuzzy side of falling in love, the one they don’t usually make movies about, the side riddled with miserable uncertainty, miscommunications, and a whole lot of angst. In twenty-nine bleakly humorous vignettes from the relationship of a bartender and the regular who loves him, Moshfegh demonstrates how falling in love is not always something to sing about. (more…)
This month we have a Letter in the Mail for our adult program that was so awesome we wanted to send it to Letters for Kids subscribers, too! It’s from writer and illustrator Allyson Hoffman. Allyson shares with us the people she’s grateful for, the things that make her happy, and the places that she loves, using words and very special drawings. She even includes some extra doodles at the end so that you can make your own illustrated letter about what you are grateful for!
Through the holiday season, purchase 6-month gift subscriptions to Letters for Kids in our store for your favorite young writers and readers through the holiday season! And remember, Letters for Kids helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, your children can correspond with their favorite writers and you’ll support the website in one fell swoop.
Sunday 12/11: As always, the Uptown Poetry Slam is going down at The Green Mill. Open mic starts at 7 p.m. followed by the slam itself. $7, 21+.
Tuesday 12/13: Kimberly Drew, author of the popular blog Black Contemporary Art, joins artist and scholar Rashayla Marie Brown for a conversation about photography and bearing witness in the age of social media. Museum of Contemporary Art, 6 p.m., free with admission.
Head to Women & Children First for the final Sappho’s Salon Open Mic of the year! e nina jay and Clara and the Great Goddamn will be the featured performers, and sign-up begins at 7 p.m. Pay what you can, BYOB.
Thalia Field’s latest work, Experimental Animals: (A Reality Fiction), published by Solid Objects, is a novel that makes you wonder anew about the possibilities of the genre. Told in the voice of Marie Francoise “Fanny” Bernard, wife of Claude Bernard, a founder of physiology and zealous practitioner of vivisection, the book is the culmination of over a decade of research and work. Fanny’s voice is startling and poetic, conjuring the horrors of vivisection in poetic images while relating a host of heartbreaks and losses. She spends her evenings rescuing the very animals that would otherwise be captured for vivisection. The intelligence and scope of the book is astounding and awe-inspiring; it collages voices and artifacts, infusing the text with found material, journal entries, written reports, excerpts, photographs, and the like. Its form is monumental, yes, but it is also an unprecedented way to read such histories. Field’s book presents and engages with the relevant literary, cultural, and scientific histories pertinent to the time in such a way that it all makes sense. Were all of our knowledge imagined as Field has done for us, I think I would see the world truly. I had the opportunity to ask Thalia Field some of the larger questions I had about her latest work. (more…)
“Rhythm is the rebel,” Chuck D raps on “Louder Than A Bomb,” one of many outstanding tracks from Public Enemy’s touchstone 1988 record, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Of all the controversial and heartfelt statements made on this widely acclaimed and influential album, this is perhaps the most telling, as DJ Terminator X’s raw backbeat—a sound now associated immediately with hip-hop music—and dissonant horn samples signal right away to the listener that the genre’s longtime association with party music was evolving rapidly into a musical protest against systemic racism, poverty, state surveillance, and the militarization of police. Public Enemy belonged solidly to 1988 while also making an uncanny and chilling prediction of the issues of the future.
Thursday 12/8: Join Susan DeFreitas for the Northwest launch of her debut novel, Hot Season. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.
Friday 12/9: Enjoy an evening of cross-genre entertainment by The Brody Ensemble and selected guest poets Neil Aitken, Nathan Wade Carter, and Kjirsten Severson. Improvisers create compositions never before seen in response to original poetry. Brody Theater, 7:30 p.m., $9–$12.
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