Rumpus Originals

The Peep King’s Legacy: A Family Portrait

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The day after Hugh Hefner died, I received a text from my sister that our grandfather was starring alongside James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in HBO's new series, The Deuce. ...more

Chewing Rocks: A Conversation with David Biespiel

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David Biespiel discusses his new book, The Education of a Young Poet, being comfortable in uncertainty, and extending moments in writing. ...more

What to Read When It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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A list of books that offer various ways to understand what breast cancer means in our lives, individually and collectively. ...more

You Still Got It: Bar-Hopping with Burt Young

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Actor and painter Burt Young talks filmmaking, art, and the years he spent living on a sixty-three-foot yacht. ...more

President of Smut

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Our country has always been ruled by and for the privileged, but never has this glaring injustice in the system been made so shamelessly clear. ...more

Sound & Vision: Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw

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Allyson McCabe talks with Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw, two of the founders of the performance group Split Britches, about their lives and work. ...more

Rumpus Original Fiction: My Name Is Jean-Pierre and I Am Still an End Table

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I am glad to be free of that tyrant, even if it means I am an end table waddling inch-by-inch down this path on a foolish mission that might prove impossible. I may be an end table, but at least I am free. ...more

An Answer Should Lead to Another Question: Talking with Rae Armantrout

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Rae Armantrout discusses Conflation, a vinyl recording from Fonograf Editions that “interrogates the difference between texture and tactile; thing unspoken versus thing unseen.” ...more

Scars of War: Watching Battle of the Sexes

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Until recently, coming out was almost always dangerous—not only to our careers and our relationships but also to our bodies. And so hiding was (and sometimes still is) a necessity. ...more

It’s All Finger-Pointing at the Moon: A Conversation with Carolyn Zaikowski

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Carolyn Zaikowski discusses her most recent book, In a Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse, the psychology of repetition, and honoring the power of language. ...more

What to Read When It’s Been a Hell of a Year

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Each of these books, in various ways, wound the crank on my empathy machine, and reminded me that telling a story can be a defiant act. ...more

Writing the Truth: A Conversation with David Hicks

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David Hicks discusses his debut novel, White Plains, how much truth resides in a work of fiction, and becoming a full-time fiction writer. ...more

TORCH: Over the Borderline

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I'm writing about the border through the eyes of children because the border is a problem of the imagination. ...more

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Carmen Maria Machado

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Carmen Maria Machado discusses her debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, her favorite horror writers and movies, and writing the book(s) she's always wanted to read. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Brooke C. Obie

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Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel, Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival. ...more

STRIPPERDADDY

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My thoughts hovered above the scene pondering the reasons why and time felt like the waves of a puddle lapping against cracked asphalt. ...more

Lady Killers and Our Obsession with Murder: Talking with Tori Telfer

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Tori Telfer discusses her first book Lady Killers and the fragile "social saran wrap" that keeps us all from killing each other. ...more

What to Read When Everyone Is Talking about Rape

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A list of memoirs, fiction, poetry collections, and nonfiction that deal with rape culture and the many ways that is shapes our society and the women and men who live within it. ...more

There Is No Break: A Conversation with Nicole Homer

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Poet Nicole Homer discusses her debut collection, Pecking Order, writing motherhood from many angles, and the importance of representation in the media. ...more

Wanted/Needed/Loved: Zola Jesus’s Natural World

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About a year ago, I ended up returning to the land where I grew up and building a house here. ...more