Posts Tagged: Interviews


The Rumpus Interview With Brenda Miller


Author Brenda Miller discusses the lyric essay, her "poet self" who always bleeds through, and what she's writing about next. ...more

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Visible: Women Writers of Color #2: Tania James


Tania James discusses her most recent novel, The Tusk That Did the Damage, the challenges of writing an elephant narrator, and the moment when she knew she could be a writer. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Jedediah Berry


Author Jedediah Berry talks about interactivity in fiction, the various forms a story can take, and his goals in founding his own press. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Mark Leyner


Mark Leyner discusses his new novel, Gone with the Mind, about a failed novelist, Mark Leyner, who gives a reading to his mom in an almost-deserted food court. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Charles Bock


Charles Bock discusses his new novel, Alice & Oliver, the challenges of writing from experience, and how art and life can mirror one another. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Debbie Moderow


Debbie Moderow talks about her new memoir, Fast Into the Night: A Woman, her Dogs, and their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail, the realities of dog sled racing, and climate change. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Miroslav Penkov


Miroslav Penkov discusses his debut novel, Stork Mountain, Balkan history, and the difficulties and rewards of being a bilingual writer. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Minsoo Kang


Writer and historian Minsoo Kang talks about his new translation of The Story of Hong Gildong, a touchstone novel of Korea written in the 19th century. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Manuel Gonzales


Manuel Gonzales talks about his new novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!, transitioning from nonprofit work to teaching, and how to zig when a trope wants you to zag. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Keith Lee Morris


Keith Lee Morris discusses his latest book Traveler’s Rest, Lewis and Clark, and how writing a novel about dreams requires much more than sleep. ...more


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

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The Rumpus Interview with Derek Ridgers


British photographer Derek Ridgers discusses his fetish for nightclub portraits and what it’s been like to shoot the London underground scene for nearly four decades. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Mira Ptacin


Author Mira Ptacin discusses her memoir Poor Your Soul, what inspires her to write, motherhood, and why she considers her beat “the uterus and the American Dream.” ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Anthony Marra


Anthony Marra discusses his latest book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, how humor affects literature, how absurdity affects war, and what makes the perfect mixtape. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Meline Toumani


Meline Toumani discusses her debut, There Was and There Was Not, the rewards and risks of writing a political memoir, and what it means to approach a divided past and future. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Elisa Gabbert


Author Elisa Gabbert talks about her books, The Self Unstable and The French Exit, diversity, publishing, whiteness, and writing in the Internet Age. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Jenny Lawson


Jenny Lawson talks about her second memoir, Furiously Happy, mental illness, and growing up in small-town Texas. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Joanna Walsh


Joanna Walsh discusses her story collection, Vertigo, consciousness, artifice, and simultaneity. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Janice Erlbaum


Janice Erlbaum talks about her new novel, I, Liar, how writing memoir compares to writing fiction, homelessness in America, and Munchausen syndrome and Borderline Personality Disorder. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Laurie Foos


Laurie Foos discusses her latest novel, The Blue Girl, feminism, Michael Jackson, and mythical moon pies. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Sharon Oard Warner


Sharon Oard Warner discusses her latest book, Sophie’s House of Cards, Breaking Bad, how a sense of place informs fiction, and the Republican war on Planned Parenthood. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Louisa Hall


Author Louisa Hall discusses her latest novel, Speak, the future of artificial intelligence, and how playing squash taught her a love of literary technique. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with William Gibson


Legendary technomodernist William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, talks about his latest book, The Peripheral, predicting the future, and how writing about Silicon Valley today feels like his early work. ...more


The Big Idea #11: Mark Bittman


Suzanne Koven talks to food journalist, author, and activist Mark Bittman about his “Big Idea”—how food has changed in the last fifty years, and how to teach our children to eat better. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Elisabeth Egan


Elisabeth Egan discusses her debut novel, A Window Opens, life as a book lover, workplace jargon, and the question we should ask ourselves in place of can we “have it all”. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Bill Clegg


Author and agent Bill Clegg talks about his new novel, Did You Ever Have A Family, grief in fiction and in life, and why there is no finish line except the final finish line. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Zarina Zabrisky


Zarina Zabrisky talks about her new book, Explosion, the art of the short story, Russia and Ukraine, and being "a Jewish pessimist in the spirit of Shalom Aleichem." ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Kate Bolick


Kate Bolick talks about her new book, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, writing and the nuclear family, and whether women are finally people yet. ...more