First, in the Saturday Essay, the search for love winds through cities and settles in unexpected spaces in Meghan O’Dea’s “Everything We Ever Needed.”
Meanwhile, our very own Comics Editor Brandon Hicks shares “three things” from his drawing table in “Triple Bill.”
Finally, Sunday Rumpus Poetry celebrates Gwendolyn Brooks’s centennial with four poems from Revise the Psalm, a newly published collection of Brooks’s work, life, and activism edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku....more
Tuesday 1/24: Check out this month’s installment of the Queer Voices Reading Series at Intermedia Arts. Featured readers include Anya Johanna DeNiro, Roy G. Guzmán, Dua Saleh, and Nghiem Tran. 7:30 p.m., free.
At Amsterdam Bar and Hall, author Jim Walsh will read from his new book Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s....more
This week, a new Maggie Shipstead story at Virginia Quarterly Review explores love, infidelity, and the ways life can slip from under your feet like an avalanche. Bonus: there is also a literal avalanche. The story, “Backcountry,” follows a twenty-five-year-old ski instructor named Ingrid (#1 baby name for future ski instructors) who meets a fifty-plus-year-old married (he tells Ingrid he’s divorced) man with big dreams of building a ski resort on a nearby mountain....more
Look I don’t want to exaggerate, or seem like a whiner, but today is a bleak day in American history. We’re taking a day off over here. We encourage you to donate to causes that are near and dear to you, to read something radical, to hold each other close, and to gather your strength for the long dark times ahead....more
Thursday 1/19: Celebrate at the press party for the January edition of PQ Monthly. Scandals, 5 p.m., free.
Experience the long-awaited showdown between Portland’s two most active slam-poetry scenes: Slamlandia vs. Portland Poetry Slam! Hosted by Robyn Bateman, this face-off will feature Nikki Burian, Kojo, Jill Greenseth, and Clementine Von Radics representing the Portland Poetry Slam and Jane Belinda, Jamie Mortara, Josselyn Haldeman, and TK Layman representing Slamlandia....more
At Real Life, Emma Healey makes a well-stated case for why Periscope’s Couch Mode may be the escape we all need.
Ijeoma Oluo has written an important essay on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for The Establishment.
In our troubling present reality, we should all fight out of love like Joy Ellison, who shares their experience in Palestine at Story Club Magazine....more
Start your Wednesday with some talk about Antarctic bases.
Against Battles (this is very good).
News item: Venus is, like, so weird.
What is life but an island on a lake on an island on a lake on an island?...more
First, in the Saturday Essay, Byron F. Aspaas bares his slowly healing scars of communities lost before they were found and countries-turned-battlefields to remind us that our transformations into our true selves are never complete.
And the Rumpus Inaugural Poems project continues on this last weekend of freedom with “& who , this time” by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and two poems, “horror movie pitch” and “horror movie pitch 2,” by Eve L....more
Maybe viruses are responsible for, like, everything?
Great news everybody! Vampire bats are actually starting to drink human blood!
Great news everybody! Hackers can probably steal your fingerprints just using peace sign selfies!
I want to live in a city that’s literally nothing but walls....more
Sunday 1/15: Catch journalist Wesley Lowery at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Lowry reported from Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, where he was arrested. He’ll be discussing his new book, They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement....more
This week, rising voice Emma Horwitz writes about teenage girls looking for some under-the-pants action (if you know what I mean (I’m talking about fingering)) at Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Horwitz’s story, appropriately titled “Fingering,” is a welcome and refreshing addition to the small range of narratives that show teenage girls as the single-minded, sex-mad creatures they sometimes are, because high sex drives aren’t just for boys, you know....more
will return bright and early tomorrow morning. Stay warm and dry out there. Take care of each other....more