Posts Tagged: Chicago
I’m always telling stories, but I sort of fuck with the idea of thinking about myself and my work in a lyrical sense. Because that’s now how I’ve traditionally thought about myself. And it pushes up against the way the academy has been taught to discount black poets and the way black poets speak about real shit, or speaking for and of the people.
As Ramadan approaches and we look for a family to break fast with come sundown, the realities of being a transgender Muslim set in. Flashing all of the proper signals I pass through gendered space unscathed, always left fearing how much I have to lose if outed.
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If you missed yesterday’s Sunday Rumpus essay, “Through the Throat” by Ethel Rohan, you’ll want to correct that error immediately. A snippet:
By then Dad was in the hospital six weeks and I had kissed him more times than ever before in my life combined and sometimes joked to my sisters, “If there’s a mother of a miracle and he gets well, he’ll kill us for all these kisses.”
And if you’re in New York or Chicago, don’t forget to check out our events columns for those cities!...more
Monday 10/28: If you’ve been working on a piece to be read aloud, may I suggest stopping by Do Not Submit?...more
The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Nicole Matos!
Here’s an excerpt:...more
After a year marked by several horrific mass shootings (on the heels of other years marked by somewhat fewer horrific mass shootings), gun violence has been on all our minds.
This American Life addressed the issue with a two-part episode about the daily lives of students and staff at a Chicago high school where twenty-nine students were recently shot, eight of whom died—not in one large event but in isolated shootings over a series of months....more
The villain struck early, usually just before dawn while the streets of Chicago were quiet, when most of its residents were still asleep, when it was unlikely there would be witnesses. He was stealthy and efficient, and his victims never realized what hit them until it was too late....more
In the Chicago Tribune, Christopher Borrelli bemoans the rise of e-books for taking away “the genuine soul” that “the randomness and variety and art work of a tangible book being cradled by a commuter” lends to the city.
Plus, it seriously hinders his ability to “eavesdrop on what you’re reading.”...more
Sometimes it gets overlooked as a great city as we tend to focus our energies on considering the coasts and leave the interior as a great blur in our minds....more
Rumpus contributor Anna Pulley is doling out advice as a sex columnist for Chicago newspaper RedEye. We love weekly offerings of wisdom here at the Rumpus, and thus, highly recommend the column. Check it out. This week’s topic is on how to be dominant in the bedroom (“Ultimately, the best way to learn anything is to just f**king do it.”)...more
A brand new festival called Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusement is making its way to Chicago this September, with the aim of reinventing Vaudeville in a contemporary context with some hybrid musical/carnivalesque acts.
If it seems like this is a lofty goal, no worries, there are some guaranteed great performers in the lineup like Bill Callahan and a free “Renegade Craft Fair.” Details here....more