Motherhood is an all-consuming thing. The sleepless nights, the endless diapers, the undying love, the absurd tasks that must be performed to ease a baby into nap time. But time and energy aren’t the only casualties of motherhood. In our culture, motherhood often demands one’s identity as well, consumes it whole as the woman becomes a public object for fawning over, for scrutinizing, for judging whether she measures up....more
Just like everything else in the world, architecture is having an identity crisis right now.
Let’s all explore the world of North Korea’s wealthy elite.
Important news: empty streets look cool at night.
Hi I don’t want to freak everyone out but tornados are getting way worse....more
Wednesday 11/30: City Lights celebrates the publication of the magazine, Freeman’s: 2: Family: The Best New Writing on Family, from Grove Press. Editor John Freeman will be on hand. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.
Thursday 12/1: Novelist (Exiles) and short story writer Cary Groner reads for Story Hour at the Morrison Library at UC Berkeley....more
For the office drones struggling to come back after the four-day weekend, take heart in James Livingston’s essay for Aeon considering whether work is necessary in our present age.
Here at The Rumpus, Helen Betya Rubinstein expresses a sense of dislocation that’s familial and personal in the face of our newly reinforced election-cycle gender binary....more
Borgo Publishing, a small indie publisher, will open an bookstore in Tuscaloosa.
Iconic Canadian bookstore owner James Munro passed away at the age of eighty-seven.
Washington DC’s Kramerbooks is expanding just in time for a president who claims not to have enough time to read books....more
First, in the Saturday Rumpus Essay, Casandra Lopez threads together the fragments of self-identity, the love of cars her father and brother were born with, and a lost soul. Through the retelling of the death of her younger brother, Lopez explores the lasting wounds it caused for her and for her family, and how it feels to be related to the dead—it’s a brokenness that requires years of care and love—much like a beat-up car—to heal....more
On the myth of the nerd and how it got us here.
If Russia is going to intervene in our elections we could at least get some great kid books out of it.
Let’s all take a trip to Dreamland (nothing can hurt us in Dreamland)....more
Lord knows the world has changed since I wrote this talk, but when the world falls to pieces around us, especially when the world falls to pieces, writers will still sit down to write. As Beckett tells us, even when we have “no power to express” and “no desire to express,” we still have “the obligation to express.” Telling stories allows the reader or the audience to see through the eyes of another, and generates empathy that we need now more than ever....more
Saturday 11/26: Celebrate Indies First Day with Cheryl Strayed, author of Torch and Wild. Other authors joining the celebration include Estela Bernal, Randy Blazak, Peter Ames Carlin, Curtis Chen, Rene Denfeld, Monica Drake, Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, Laura Foster, Casey Jarman, Karen Karbo, Joe Kurmaskie, Pamela Lindholm-Levy, Whitney Otto, Arn Strasser, Pauls Toutonghi, Suzy Vitello, Ruth Wariner, Alan Wieder, Carolyn Wood, and Lidia Yuknavitch....more
It’s a slow week for events, so we can all take a deep breath for reflection, then plunge back in this weekend. Thank you for visiting The Rumpus and helping to keep our communities alive and lively.
Saturday 11/26: Come hang with the East Bay crowd at Saturday Night Special, where participants will get down with the theme of “surreal.” Hugh Behm-Steinberg will be a featured reader....more
In the wake of the presidential election, bookstores are becoming more than just shops and are serving their communities as impromptu community centers.
More independent bookstores are becoming publishers.
Bushwick Brooklyn’s Molasses Books has started fundraising for good causes following Trump’s election....more
First, in Rumpus Saturday Fiction, Sherman Alexie’s shares three short stories—”Fixed Income,” “Honor Society,” and “Valediction”—that all offer his trademark whimsy and insight into the human condition. Three different teenagers struggle with poverty, endemic racism, and social exclusion, and must depend upon themselves to make the right choices in difficult moral situations....more
and just like that the holidays are descending upon us. We here at DWMC are out of town taking the week off for Thanksgiving. We’ll be back up and running next Monday. It’s a scary world out there, be good to each other....more
Sunday 11/20: As the protests to protect Native land and water continue up north, Native authors Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker will read and answer questions about their new, critically acclaimed nonfiction book, All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans (Random House)....more
Following last week’s election results, the writing world has been full of voices reminding us of the power of words to protest, to heighten awareness, and to effect change. Whether through poetry, essay, memoir, fiction, or otherwise, words are an important vehicle for reaching those who need support, challenging those who need to be called out, bearing witness to injustice, and raising visibility of marginalized groups....more