Posts Tagged: fire

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Gabrielle Bell

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Gabrielle Bell discusses her forthcoming graphic memoir, Everything Is Flammable, what it was like to mine her own life for subject matter, and how anxiety affects her work.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Straw House

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“It’s not healthy, how you live. People aren’t meant to sleep all day. We need the sun. We’re meant to live in the sun.”

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The Rumpus Interview with Lucy Jane Bledsoe

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe discusses her latest book, A Thin Bright Line, uncovering the remarkable story of her aunt, and illuminating history through the lens of imagination.

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This Week in Essays

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Bookbinding may be a dying art, but at Lit Hub, Dwyer Murphy tells the story of a man who keeps his business going strong on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. For Hazlitt, Suzannah Showler takes a measured look at the prepper community and at the idea of preparation itself.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Iben Mondrup and Kerri Pierce

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Iben Mondrup and Kerri Pierce discuss the translation of Justine, Mondrup’s 2012 Danish novel about a young artist in Denmark.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #12: What Is Safety?

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Oh better far to live and die Under the brave black flag I fly Then play a sanctimonious part With a pirate head and a pirate heart!! –The Pirates of Penzance At fifteen years old, I was a runaway. It was perhaps 9:30 at night, my first night out, having hitchhiked a couple of hundred […]

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Post-Election Dispatch: Charleston, SC

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Right now as I write this, smoke from fires in the southeastern Appalachian Mountains haze the morning. We’re under orange alert—the air quality bad enough that schoolchildren will stay indoors today. This morning the coastal flooding is up again thanks to the powerful tidal pulls of the recent supermoon. On my errand this morning, I […]

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Woman at Standing Rock

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I think back and then here, where I can only think of beasts with stains: oil and blood. They have become as familiar as an oil-stained cloth in a garage, or the things we ignore, just there in the light.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Losing at Memory

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But I didn’t understand, then, how important memory is, for how do we know who we are without memory? How does anyone else know who we are, but for their memories of us?

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Haroula Rose | Rumpus Music

Sound Takes: Here the Blue River & Rumpus Video Premiere

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She takes a simple story and turns it into something the listener can hold in the palm of their hand.

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Guided By Voices Are Back (Again)

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Sort of. According to Pitchfork, Guided by Voices will be playing the Sled Island music festival in Calgary this summer. The confirmed line-up includes Robert Pollard (of course), Bobby Bare Jr., Kevin March, Nick Mitchell, and Mark Shue—so not exactly a full reunion, but we’ll take what we can get. Pollard has a new solo album, Of Course You Are, coming out […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Deborah Reed

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Author Deborah Reed discusses her latest novel, Olivay, the necessity of fire, Los Angeles anxiety, and how she found fulfillment at the edge of the American West.

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Jonathan Travelstead

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I try to…consider the writing process as seriously as I do entering a house with black smoke puffing from its eaves.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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To start, love gets metaphorically steam cleaned by Grant Snider. Brandon Hicks adds his two cents with “The Hierarchy” of artistic and literary achievement. Meanwhile, Oliver Bendorf experiments with line and repetition in “Both/Both” and joy greets Katherine Ossip in “Innocence: A Memoir,” both part of our National Poetry Month series. Check back daily for a […]

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Vampire Weekend is Doing Odd Things

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New York indie band Vampire Weekend somehow have proven that music videos are still culturally relevant. Earning them the response, “Vampire Weekend are a bunch of dicks,” the music video for their song “Diane Young” (which is great) shows an older Saab burning with the New York City skyline looming behind it. Patrick George saw […]

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