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A Proof for Truth

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Truth is perspective—a plane or a sphere—which makes it feel slippery. Truth is not absolute in the ways that we want it to be. ...more

Swinging Modern Sounds #78: Conceived as a Playlist

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Shadowbahn [...] is among the most unusual, and most extreme, in a literary career that has often been marked by its unpredictability. ...more

TORCH: Growing Season

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I ask Hussein if he’s proud of the work he’s doing. He says that he is. We stop talking. For a moment, the market feels like peace. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Joshua Mohr

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Joshua Mohr discusses his memoir Sirens, writing for his daughter, and why he values art that trusts its audience. ...more

The Rumpus Interview With Danielle Trussoni

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Danielle Trussoni discusses her new memoir, The Fortress, black magic, the cult of marriage, and the dark side of storytelling. ...more

The Last Book I Loved: Poeta en San Francisco by Barbara Jane Reyes

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Through incisive and uncompromising verse, Reyes unearths the hypocrisy at work in exalted American democracy... ...more

Sound & Vision #29: Leah Hayes

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Allyson McCabe talks with Leah Hayes, acclaimed illustrator, graphic novelist, songwriter, and musician. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Lauren Elkin

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Writer and academic Lauren Elkin discusses her latest book Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London, the freedoms and constraints of urban space for women, and the power of first person. ...more

We Brown Women

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Our bodies will not be your banners. We are not yours to use and abuse, we are not yours to dupe. We see through your words, and we see your violence. ...more

The Mirror’s Shards

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In the face of colossal and destructive political lies, we need a more nuanced understanding of the world than simply truth versus lie. ...more

“Man, You Better Watch Out”: Why Women Keep Marching Against Trump

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[A protest's] job is to hearten the people who’re part of it, to let them look into the eyes of those who agree with them, to help them feel less alone. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Melissa Febos

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Melissa Febos discusses Abandon Me, confessional writing, Billie Holiday, reenacting trauma, cataloguing narratives, and searching for identity. ...more

The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Daddy Issues

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What I’m saying is I was a fucking wreck and it’s not my dad’s fault. ...more

What to Read When the President Withdraws Protections for Transgender Students

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The Rumpus Interview with Eileen Myles

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Eileen Myles on recording her new poetry record Aloha/irish trees, the relationship between poetry and comedy, and finding safety in social media. ...more

Safety Nets: On Seeing Movies with My Children

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There’s no blueprint for any of this. If there were, I would have read it by now. ...more
Mister Loveless - Grow Up | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: Mister Loveless’s Grow Up

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These golden years, precious and ephemeral, are falling in pieces at your feet everywhere you turn, and part of you thinks, let them. You almost wish, despite yourself, for this all to just go faster. ...more

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Damian Duffy and John Jennings

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Damian Duffy and John Jennings discuss their new graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic novel Kindred. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Abeer Hoque

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Abeer Hoque talks about coming of age in the predominantly white suburbs of Pittsburgh, rewriting her memoir manuscript ten times, and looking for poetry in prose. ...more

(K)ink #15: Writing While Deviant: E. A. Longfellow

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The way I think about my writing is similar to the way I think about my kink—both have to do with history and the ethics around appropriation. ...more

The Friends of Dorothy Have Something to Say to Kansas

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As we move backward in time, we must beware of yellow brick fallacies. Also: poppy fields, flying monkeys, and entrepreneurial wizards. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with George Saunders

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George Saunders discusses his new (and first) novel Lincoln in the Bardo, Donald Trump, and a comprehensive theory of literature. ...more

What to Read When You Want to Avoid the News

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From drugs to celebrities to murder to just plain good writing, here are five books that offer us a brief respite from the onslaught of terrifying news. ...more