Posts Tagged: activism


The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Josie Pickens


Josie Pickens talks about building relationships through blogging, changing the narrative around black women in America, and eradicating silence through storytelling. ...more


The Big Idea #11: Mark Bittman


Suzanne Koven talks to food journalist, author, and activist Mark Bittman about his “Big Idea”—how food has changed in the last fifty years, and how to teach our children to eat better. ...more

Taking Students Seriously


Roxane Gay, over at The New Republic, on student activism:

In the protests at Mizzou and Yale and elsewhere, students have made it clear that the status quo is unbearable. Whether we agree with these student protesters or not, we should be listening: They are articulating a vision for a better future, one that cannot be reached with complacency.


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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Sarah Einstein


Mot was living my own fear... I wanted to learn from him how I might survive, if I too ended up without a home, without the resources to live what I thought of as a minimally decent life. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Mia Alvar


Author Mia Alvar discusses her debut short story collection, In the Country, fictional motherhood, literature’s role in society, and the limits of belonging to a place. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Ijeoma Oluo


Ijeoma Oluo discusses feminism, coloring, badass women, and being a troller of trolls. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with LaShonda Katrice Barnett


Novelist LaShonda Katrice Barnett discusses her debut novel, Jam on the Vine, how becoming a historian taught her about plot, Muslims living in Texas in the 19th century, and the Missouri State Penitentiary, also known as “the bloodiest 47 acres in America.” ...more

Song of the Day: “Zombie”


The genre known as “afrobeat” has a long history, thanks mostly to the visionary multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti. When the Nigerian composer first came up with the name for his unique sound in the early ’70s, his music was moving thematically from the topic of love to more socially-conscious issues.