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Transgressive and Unruly Women: Talking with Anne Helen Petersen

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Anne Helen Peterson discusses her new book, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, her writing process, and academia. ...more

Internal Combustion

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I start talking late, making word-sounds with my throat long before I open my mouth. When my lips and tongue begin to unfreeze, the progression of brain cancer locks my grandfather’s jaw in place. ...more

It’s Never Too Late to Be Found: A Conversation with Rene Denfeld

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Rene Denfeld discusses her latest book, The Child Finder, the ways in which trauma traps us, and the important role of imagination in finding resilience and escape. ...more

What to Read When You Don’t Want Summer to End

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A list of books that take place in the summer, remind us of summer, and/or just make for great beach reads. ...more

Words as Events: A Conversation with Jeff Wood

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Jeff Wood discusses The Glacier, his genre-bending book combining novel, poetry, screenplay, and collage, how heritage has become a brand, and the American Midwest. ...more

The Butt Song

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Last night as my husband got ready to go out [my daughter] grabbed his coat and said, “Call 1-900-Mix-A-Lot and kick those nasty thoughts.” ...more

Sound & Vision: Brandon Stosuy

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Allyson McCabe talks with music journalist, editor, and curator Brandon Stosuy about his path to music journalism, how the industry has changed, and what he's working on now. ...more

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