Rumpus Originals

Sound & Vision: Bob Egan

By

Allyson McCabe talks with Bob Egan, a man widely known as one of New York’s foremost “pop culture detectives,” about why and how he does the work he does. ...more

Rumpus Original Fiction: Straw House

By

“It’s not healthy, how you live. People aren’t meant to sleep all day. We need the sun. We’re meant to live in the sun.” ...more

Where You Put It on the Line: A Conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith

By

Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his debut nonfiction book Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, how the activist space has changed in recent years, and who he is writing for. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 12): “Shine, Perishing Republic”

By

Vive le resistance déjà vu, you say? Are we only a nation that forgets, a United States of Obliviousness? ...more

TORCH: Blood Trauma

By

But still: A pattern. The trauma had been diluted by time. But, it was still present, still discernible, in my blood. ...more

Slang and Swagger: Riffing with Jeff Chang

By

Jeff Chang discusses his latest book, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, his work in hip-hip journalism, and the beauty and humanity of political protest. ...more

Names Are Always the First Lock on Any Cage: Talking with Dolan Morgan

By

Dolan Morgan discusses his latest short story collection, Insignificana, losing his favorite jacket, Internet comments, and the ending of Lost. ...more

Swinging Modern Sounds #80: I Just Don’t Want to Wait Around Anymore

By

Mulcahy’s Possum is, like the animal titularly referred to, a sly and imaginative affair... ...more

Conversations with Literary Ex-Cons: Billy Sinclair

By

Former death-row inmate, legendary jailhouse lawyer, and co-editor for the award-winning The Angolite newspaper Billy Sinclair looks back on his prison experience and discusses what his priorities are now. ...more

On Making Wishes

By

It is true that I’m talking to a photo, but I’m not crazy. Neither am I a durochka. Fools are oblivious, at least those from my childhood fairy tales. I, on the other hand, am perfectly aware of the problem. ...more

Reading across Cultures: A Conversation with Ratika Kapur

By

Ratika Kapur discusses her latest book, The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma, the disappointing romance of affairs, and how people carry on after doing the unthinkable. ...more

What to Read When You Are Stuck on an Island

By

Here are some reading suggestions for those of you stuck on an island with no Tyga or blink-182 to distract you. ...more

Down the Rabbit Hole of Experimental Fiction: Michael J. Seidlinger on Becoming a Reader

By

Michael J. Seidlinger discusses returning to House of Leaves for Ig Publishing’s "Bookmarked" series. ...more

Casting JonBenét and the Pageantry of Brokenness

By

It is an uncomfortable admission, but we hunger for stories that sensationalize the extremes of human behavior. We want to crawl under the police tape and see the outlines of bodies. ...more
As Cities Burn - Come Now Sleep | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: As Cities Burn’s Come Now Sleep

By

Most often, I do not speak when I am alone. That morning I sat on the couch and said Oh my God. I said it aloud, again and again, Oh my God. ...more