Posts Tagged: coming of age

Ten Minutes of Motherhood: A Conversation with Ariel Levy

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Ariel Levy on The Rules Do Not Apply, the illusion of control, and language’s inability to express grief. ...more

Where You Put It on the Line: A Conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith

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Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his debut nonfiction book Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, how the activist space has changed in recent years, and who he is writing for. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Saleem Haddad

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Saleem Haddad discusses his debut novel Guapa, the Orlando shootings, the importance of queer spaces, and Arab literature. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Stephanie Danler

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Stephanie Danler discusses her debut novel, Sweetbitter, writing sensually, and the power of an authentic voice. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Jaquira Díaz

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Jaquira Díaz discusses the challenge of writing about family members, her greatest joy as a writer, and her literary role models. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Annie DeWitt

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Annie DeWitt discusses her debut novel, White Nights in Split Town City, the 90s, and the brutality of nature. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

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

Kids and Wars

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At one point in the conversation, Watts said: “I always imagined those soldiers using paintball guns, that the war was just a large-scale version of what we played as kids.” I confessed that the same thought had occurred to me.

Chris McCormick has an excerpt from his novel Desert Boys over at The Offing: a coming-of-age story of friendship, war, life, and death.

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Vanessa Blakeslee

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I don’t want to waste readers’ time with a several hundred-page novel that’s not relevant to the wicked problems we’re facing today. ...more

The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Laurie Jean Cannady

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The author of the new memoir Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul talks about growing up impoverished, abused, and in love with words. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Neil Smith

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Author Neil Smith discusses his latest book, Boo, the suffering inherent in being thirteen years old, and how friendship can help pull us through traumatic events in our lives. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Jay Rubin

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Author and translator Jay Rubin talks about his new novel, The Sun Gods, translating Haruki Murakami into English, and the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Transparent and the Evolving Culture of Shame

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There's a ray of nuclear longing at the center of Transparent... ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Thomas H. McNeely

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Thomas H. McNeely discusses coming of age in the 1970s, Houston's complicated racial history, and his new novel Ghost Horse. ...more

The Rumpus Saturday Essay: Stain

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It’s hard to remember why I was silent. Maybe, like some of the women only now reporting they were raped by Bill Cosby decades ago, I was afraid I wouldn’t be believed. ...more

The Latest Diary of Adrian Mole, Coming of (Middle) Age

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Adrian Mole, protagonist of the coming-of-age novels The Adrian Mole Diaries, faces adult problems in Sue Townsend’s latest book, the 10th in the series.

“Having had his first incarnation aged 13 ¾, when spots, poetry and his parents’ behavior were among his chief concerns, he is now 45 and addressing the challenges of declining incomes and village life.”

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