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The Rumpus Interview with Kara Richardson Whitely


Author Kara Richardson Whitely discusses her new memoir, Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, surviving food addiction and the trauma of being molested, and what comes next. ...more

Jesse Malin, San Francisco, March 2013

Swinging Modern Sounds #65: Tragedy Plus Time


Jesse Malin is a lifer in a business that rarely features lifers anymore. ...more

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Growing Up: The Rumpus Interview with Michelle Tea


Michelle Tea discusses life in recovery, the meaning of family, motherhood, and her new memoir How to Grow Up. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Crushed


He’s a cute mensch, I gathered, a cuddly fellow with a well- groomed beard, sad eyes, and, most importantly, a comforting voice that sounded like he was about to either cry or laugh. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Laura van den Berg


Author Laura van den Berg talks to the Rumpus about why she thinks America is obsessed with dystopias, the intersection of surrealism and realism in her work, and choosing an ambiguous ending for her new novel, Find Me. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Kenny Porpora


Kenny Porpora discusses his memoir The Autumn Balloon, addiction and alcoholism, writing truthfully about his mother, falling asleep at Burger King with his laptop while drafting, and how he finally found his personal writing style. ...more


“And She Went on Her Way Rejoicing”


Muriel Spark and the perennial question: “Am I a woman or an intellectual monster?” ...more

Weekend Rumpus Roundup


In “Hunting For The Little Prince,” Sigal Samuel invites us to tag along as she pursues the real-life inspiration for the blonde-haired protagonist of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous children’s book. No spoilers, but this particular missing person search ends happily.


Bibliophilism: On Love and Addiction


It is possible to give one’s life to books, to dedicate years to collecting, reading, teaching, translating, writing, and studying them. In an essay for the New Yorker, Thomas E. Kennedy, a writer, editor, translator, and professor, reflects on his own experience of leading a life “decided by books,” the result of being given a book that reeled him in when he was still at “a susceptible age.”

Kennedy writes: “You wonder whether you actually love books or are merely addicted to them, obsessed by them.”

By the end of Kenendy’s essay, it remains unclear whether an obsession with collecting books is a good or a bad thing.