Posts Tagged: California

America Again feature

America Again


I felt urgently that it was the moment to tell the story of what I’ve learned about American music—or maybe about being an American. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Brit Bennett


Brit Bennett discusses her debut novel The Mothers, investigating “what-if” moments, and navigating racism in white spaces. ...more

Tommy Pico

The Saturday Rumpus Interview with Tommy Pico


The more of us there are out here sharing our work and telling our own stories and flying our freak flags, being our intricate, strange, and idiosyncratic selves, the less power the monolith has. ...more

The Storming Bohemian Punks The Muse Logo

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #7: The Art of the Accidental Selfie


One recent hot weekday afternoon, I told my partner—the guy who created the “Punk the Muse” logo and draws its cartoons—that I wanted to get out and about. We’d been sitting at home too long. Moon’s Handbook for Northern California revealed an abandoned mine, with a ghost town and an old Western cemetery, a half hour’s drive from our home by the Carquinez Bridge.


ROF April 1968 feature

Rumpus Original Fiction: April, 1968


Used to see lots of psychedelic princes and princesses on Haight Street. Not many these days. But here were hundreds of the turned on and tuned in, dressed like birds and peacocks in heat. ...more

California Tales


San Francisco filmmaker Jenni Olson has just released her new film, a cinematic essay titled The Royal Road. Made up of historical research material and lyrical, personal monologues, the film is “a primer on Junipero Serra’s Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo—all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, and featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.”

Head over to Vimeo to see the entire movie, and watch the trailer after the jump!


WTAW feature

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #53: Meet WTAW Press


Peg Alford Pursell is the author of the forthcoming book of flash and hybrid prose, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow (ELJ Publications). Her work has been published in VOLT, the Journal of Compressed Arts, and RHINO, among others, and shortlisted for the Flannery O’Connor Award.



The Rumpus Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu


Ranbir Singh Sidhu discusses his new novel, Deep Singh Blue, growing up in rural California, and the privileged, problematic world of publishing. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Blair Braverman


Blair Braverman discusses her latest book, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North, gendered travel narratives, and the pressure to write about personal trauma. ...more


The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Janine Joseph


The day the manuscript became Driving without a License was the day I said “yes” to the truth of my own life and coming-of-age experience as an undocumented immigrant. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview With Jeremy Earl


Jeremy Earl discusses his latest album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, the fruitful tension of city vs. country, finding beauty in the darkness of today’s world, and the enduring good vibes of the Grateful Dead. ...more

jacaranda feature



I long to learn from my darkest teachers, feel the stab of their spectacular rejection. Perhaps I feel most alive when I’m hurting. ...more


Rumpus Original Fiction: On Documentation


What is it like to be you? he was always asking, in his way, and it seemed a stupid question then. I didn’t know. I could lie better than I could tell the truth. I hadn’t left yet. ...more

Martin Seay

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Martin Seay


The Rumpus Book Club chats with Martin Seay about his debut novel The Mirror Thief, the Great Work of alchemy, researching optical prosthetics, and keeping plot lines straight in a 600-page novel. ...more

Tess Taylor

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Tess Taylor


The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Tess Taylor about her new collection Work & Days, manual labor, and the lyric possibilities in small fields. ...more

Not Like a Baseball Team


Stories are much more unified and coherent. One gesture, one metaphor, one set piece.

For Signature, Jennie Yabroff interviews one of the three “Brooklyn Jonathans,” Jonathan Lethem, on the creation of his latest short story collection, Lucky Alan: his move to Southern California, the assembly of the book, and the editing—oh, the editing.



Sound & Vision #19: June Millington


Allyson McCabe talks to June Millington of Fanny, the first all-female rock band to release an album on a major label. ...more

plankton feature

Plankton (A Body of Stars)


Plankton either grows into something other than plankton—a strong swimming non-planktonic adult, like a crab or a fish, or it stays the same—forever drifting with the shifting tides. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Dean Koontz


Dean Koontz talks about his newest novel, Ashley Bell, overcoming self-doubt, and “what this incredibly beautiful language of ours allows you to do.” ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Ottessa Moshfegh


Ottessa Moshfegh discusses her first full-length novel, Eileen, betrayal, self-aware narrators, and the catalytic properties of friendship. ...more