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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Danzy Senna

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Danzy Senna discusses New People, inhabiting her characters without judging them, playing with the reality and surreality of identity, and pushing against traditional story arcs. ...more

Love Thy Neighbor: Talking with Yewande Omotoso

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Writer, poet, and architect Yewande Omotoso discusses her second novel, The Woman Next Door, Cape Town’s haunting beauty, and mythologies about motherhood. ...more

Finding the Finally: Alice Anderson Discusses Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away

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Alice Anderson on her memoir, Some Bright Morning, I’ll Fly Away, drag, and motherhood. ...more

Analyzing the Why: A Conversation with Jonathan Reiss

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Jonathan Reiss discusses his debut novel Getting Off, his transition from actor to writer, his own past drug use, and our country's current opioid epidemic. ...more

What to Read When You’ve Made It More Than Halfway through 2017

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A list of Rumpus editors' favorite reads from 2017 thus far—books that have kept us sane, challenged us to work harder and think bigger, and kept us dreaming and hopeful. ...more

The Driving Thing of It: A Conversation with Mick Harvey

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Mick Harvey discusses his decades-long music career, working on cover songs written in another language, and finding longevity in the music business. ...more

Spaces of Exception vs. Spaces of Redemption: The Films of Ana Lily Amirpour

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Diasporic communities live inside a host nation, but they also live with difference. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Erika T. Wurth

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Erika T. Wurth talks about her latest book, Buckskin Cocaine, persevering through rejection, and white writers writing Native characters. ...more

Mixed Feelings: Happy Wife, Happy Life

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Ending a relationship is hard, but it’s not as hard as quitting an institution. And the thing we often forget about marriage is that it is an institution. ...more

Swinging Modern Sounds #83: On George

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There really is not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t stop at some moment and think about George Harrison. ...more

Wisdom Is a Double-Edged Sword: Talking with Jay Baron Nicorvo

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Jay Baron Nicorvo discusses his debut novel, The Standard Grand, how easy it is for civilians to forget about soldiers and veterans, and his longstanding love of animals. ...more

What to Read When You Want to See a World More F**ked up Than Ours

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Reading suggestions from author Celeste Ng for these f**ked-up times: worlds more—or, okay, just differently—f**ked up than ours. ...more

Truth and Beauty: Talking with Joshua Wolf Shenk

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The new Editor-in-Chief of The Believer dismantles stereotypes of Las Vegas, discusses the magazine's acquisition, and makes a case for bringing journalism into the academy. ...more

Erasing the Girl: Why Don’t We Trust Women to Tell Their Stories of Disordered Eating?

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I didn’t want to criticize her, or demand explanations from her. I just wanted to hear her speak. ...more

The Colonizer

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It felt like one of those soundtracks where the needle scrapes across the record, and silence prevails. ...more

In a Quicksand of Language: A Conversation with Krys Lee

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Krys Lee discusses her debut novel, How I Became a North Korean, having empathy for people and characters, and finding the balance between real-world facts and imagination. ...more

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Iris Dunkle

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Iris Jamahl Dunkle on her new collection Interrupted Geographies, writing against the pastoral tradition, the power of persona poems, and the town of Pithole. ...more

From the Editors: On Charlottesville and White Supremacy

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Rumpus editors share their thoughts on Charlottesville and white supremacy. When we have a platform to speak out against hatred and bigotry, we must use it to do so. ...more

TORCH: An Alien, Ineligible for Participation

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That a bumbling demagogue would be able to take this institutional racism and weaponize it is, then, not really a surprise. The seeds for this hate were planted a long time ago. ...more