Monday 4/14: Write Club Los Angeles celebrates its 2nd birthday with Chapter 24: Spring loaded! Featuring three rounds of competition with readings by Mike O’Connell, Jeremy Radin, Justin Welborn, Paula Killen, Rachel Kann, and Jefferey Dorchen. Hosted by Paula Killen, Jefferey Dorchen, and Justin Welborn....more
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Over at BuzzFeed, Rumpus contributor Julie Greicius interviews Rumpus Sunday Editor Gina Frangello about her new novel A Life in Men, the special bonds we form in adolescence, and why moms can still write about sex. Take a peek:
I’m not really sure how our culture has arrived at the mutually exclusive relationship between Motherhood and Sexuality, especially since in most cases, women become mothers by having sex.
Our offsite AWP event is sure to be one of the after-hours highlights of the conference....more
Getting a postive Kirkus review is a big deal, and Rumpus editors are rocking it with their forthcoming releases....more
This is my second-to-last round-up before I go on hiatus for my book tour, which is a sprawling, insane thing that’s lasting until the end of April, on and off. That’s nothing, of course, compared to the duration of some tours (the fabulous Adderall Diaries tour, for example, that gave birth to the Daily Rumpus), but I have three kids so I’m a little strung-out about it all....more
Sunday Rumpus editor Gina Frangello has a beautiful essay over at The Manifest-Station (run by Rumpus Contributor Jennifer Pastiloff) that reflects back on her days dealing with anxiety, an eating disorder, and getting out.
“In an Afterschool Special, the crazy girl who is afraid of unopened packages of food would get help somehow, would have an epiphany and heal. But in real life, we often have no idea what we’re healing from. Kids I had grown up with had been brutally physically and sexually abused, had lived in apartments overrun with roaches where they were often left alone while their mothers hung out in bars and went home with men, had fended off the advances of their mothers’ parade of boyfriends, had—in a few cases—been murdered in gang violence or simply by crazy, enraged neighbors. Although I had grown up in the middle of all that, none of it had ever happened to me. My parents were nice people. We were below the poverty line, but there were only three of us and we always had enough to eat. My mother took me to the library every week and read books aloud to me. I had gotten out and here I was at a Big Ten college, having studied abroad in London. I had a sophisticated British boyfriend who sent me tapes of cool music and accommodated my vision of myself by packing condoms in front of me. I had scads of friends, who didn’t judge me as harshly as I may judge my former self, as we were all only twenty-one and they had their issues too. I had a massive case of Survivor Guilt.”
No, no, you have to stare at that one spot and kind of unfocus your eyes. Lean in a little closer and…there. Do you see it? It’s the weekend Rumpus roundup.
On Saturday, Yumi Sakugawa gave us shivers with her her comic “White Noise.”
On Sunday, we debuted a brand new events column: Notable Chicago!...more
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Grand dame of literature and author of more than 50 books, Margaret Atwood talks to The Rumpus about gender, privacy, the law of improved weaponry, and the brave new world of online publishing....more
“I’m exposing faultlines, dealing especially with rhetoric. Showing that heterosexuality is a disease, or at least its inheritance.” Novelist, theorist, historian and blog-girl, Kate Zambreno gives up a meaty, definitive interview....more
Junot Díaz is the most interesting kind of…hmm…I was going to use the word “genius,” but maybe that’s not quite right for a man who spends seventeen years honing one brilliant book....more
Thrice-acclaimed novelist, Jonathan Evison, talks community-building, literary intimacy, the importance of editors, and the fragile construction of hope....more
In case you snoozed Sunday away, here’s what went down: New, kick-ass Rumpus Sunday editor Gina Frangello brought in two great pieces, Emily Rapp’s “Transformation and Transcendence: The Power of Female Friendship” and Stacy Bierlein’s “Ten Reasons Not to Sleep with a Poet.” Not to be missed....more
Lidia Yuknavtich (a Rumpus Book Club author) conversed with Gina Frangello (also a Rumpus contributor) about Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience, an anthology premised on women writing sex from the perspective of male characters....more
Cris Mazza is an indie lit icon. Her debut novel, How to Leave a Country, was a PEN Nelson Algren Award winner, and since then she has gone on to publish more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction at some of the most interesting independent presses in the country,...more
Gina Frangello is capable of magic. She’s the kind of person you meet and you know seconds after meeting them, they’re capable of things you’d never be able to accomplish....more
“Interestingly, I’ve found The Rumpus a lot more compelling lately than the New York Times. I oscillate between really worrying about old, venerable print pubs and feeling like I don’t want to be part of attacking them and making them seem less relevant–I don’t genuinely want them to be utterly obsolete–and then just being really disgusted at the snark and laziness like what you illustrate above re: the attack on Saunders ....more