Rumpus Originals

What to Read When You Want a Fresh Start

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In keeping with the spirit of the New Year holiday, we've put together a list of books that deal with new beginnings—and the unexpected twists and turns that come after. ...more

We Have to Trust Our Punch: A Conversation with Kevin Young

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Kevin Young discusses Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, America's relationship to hoaxes, and what we can learn from that relationship. ...more

The Real Fake News

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In 2017, newscaster cameos may be the only fact-fiction crossovers for which people have no difficulty keeping the two concepts apart. ...more

Swinging Modern Sounds #85: The Introduction of the Pitch

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It seems like it’s the point of this piece to draw attention to the fact that these instruments are wounded; it shouldn’t be something that tries to hide it. ...more

FUNNY WOMEN: Other Contenders for 2017’s Word of the Year

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Fückit: When you’ve had enough, more than enough, but somehow enough is never enough, and I put wine in my cereal now. ...more

Writing into the Void: Talking with Mary Jo Salter

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Mary Jo Salter discusses her latest collection, The Surveyors, writing about the domestic as a feminist act, and how her title poem came from someone else’s dream. ...more

ENOUGH: As Though Nothing Had Happened at All

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A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence. ...more

Rumpus Exclusive: Three Excerpts from AFTERWORDS

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Three exclusive excerpts from …AFTERWORDS, a new series of distinctive commentaries on great works of contemporary literature from our friends at Fiction Advocate! ...more

Writing History

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I was pretty sure I could produce a manuscript superior to anything [this editor had] ever published before by letting my cat walk over my keyboard a few times. ...more

The Causality Runs Both Ways: A Conversation with Joshua Clover

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Joshua Clover discusses his book Riot.Strike.Riot, mediating between individual agency and structural determination, and finding hope in student action. ...more

What to Read When 2018 Is Just Around the Corner

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While we can't promise that 2018 won't find us facing more political upheaval, we can assure you that there will be great literature to offer moments of escape and inspiration. ...more

A Curious Swarm or Energy: Talking with Rachel B. Glaser

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Rachel B. Glaser discusses her newest poetry collection, HAIRDO, her writing process, and the books and writers that have influenced her. ...more

No Pressure: Bieber, Blackness, the Cult of Perfection

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Bieber is like a prism that reflects back whatever you want to see. ...more

Sound & Vision: Celia C. Pérez

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Allyson McCabe talks with Celia C. Pérez about her debut middle-grade novel, The First Rule of Punk, her inspirations for writing the book, and her own childhood. ...more

Constantly and On Your Own: Talking with Natasha Stagg

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Natasha Stagg discusses her debut novel, Surveys, obsession with celebrity, social media, and how she approached writing about something so ephemeral. ...more

A Life of Words: A Conversation with Chip Livingston

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Chip Livingston discusses his new novel, Owls Don't Have to Mean Death, his move to Uruguay, his writing life, and the significance of owls. ...more

Slowly Converging Paths: A Conversation with Nate Blakeslee

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Nate Blakeslee discusses American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West, cultivating trust in his sources, and recreating action-packed scenes he did not witness. ...more

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Katia D. Ulysse

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Katia D. Ulysse discusses her forthcoming novel, Mouths Don't Speak, the importance of religion and music in the novel and in Haitian culture, and why Haiti will always be “home.” ...more

Young People Are Our Hope: Talking with Lilliam Rivera

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Lilliam Rivera discusses her debut novel, The Education of Margot Sanchez, world-building, and her desire to see bookshelves filled with stories by people of color. ...more

Titanic Turns Twenty in a World That Won’t Talk About It

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After twenty years and eleven Oscars and eleventy billion dollars, we still don’t really talk about Titanic. ...more