Posts Tagged: Jewish

Vocabulary Lessons in Bucharest

By

I felt unhinged in my moments of isolation, and frustrated in my muteness. ...more

Conversations with Writers Braver Than Me #19: Jason Diamond

By

Jason Diamond discusses his memoir Searching for John Hughes, confronting his childhood abuse, avoiding his parents, and writing about all of it. ...more

What I’ll Tell My Children: On Being ‘F***Able’ under the Regime of President-elect

By

It’s time to take responsibility for compliancy. ...more

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #60: Leah Kaminsky

By

Leah Kaminsky’s debut novel, The Waiting Room, depicts one fateful day in the life of an Australian doctor and mother, Dina, living in Haifa, Israel. Dina is trying to maintain normalcy as she goes about her work as a family doctor, cares for her son, and fights to preserve her faltering relationship with her husband, with whom she’s expecting a daughter.

...more

Color at the Mercy of the Light

By

What if I said: while people still believe they are white in America, that delusion, and the dream upon which it is founded, needs to be seriously examined. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Emily Barton

By

Emily Barton discusses dieselpunk, genderqueer magic, and the collaboration between reader and writer in her latest novel, The Book of Esther. ...more

The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Anne Raeff

By

Married authors Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, both winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, discuss their craft, their process, and the way they negotiate the give and take involved in sharing a vocation. ...more

Chris Kraus + Jill Soloway

By

Chris Kraus’s experimental, cult classic I Love Dick has been adapted for TV by Jill Soloway, and it’s time to revisit and scrutinize Kraus’s use of the slur “kike,” and indeed Kraus’s sense of her own Jewishness. In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Rebecca Sonkin places Kraus in the Jewish literary tradition of her “macho, horny, predecessors,” and asks, “Could it be that Kraus is the female Jewish schlemiel, an awkward and unlucky person—insecure, emotionally hungry, self-obsessed—for whom things never turn out right?”

...more

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #1: Are We Amused Yet?

By

Here is something I’ve always believed: Just knowing I am an artist, asserting that identity, is more important than what I produce. It is a victory in itself.

...more

The Rumpus Interview with Shawn Vestal

By

Shawn Vestal discusses his new novel Daredevils, Evel Knievel, growing up in a mainstream Mormon family, and what he thinks of the American West. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Rebecca Schiff

By

Rebecca Schiff discusses her debut collection The Bed That Moved, choosing narrators who share similarities with each other and with herself, and whether feminism and fiction-writing conflict. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Kim Brooks

By

Kim Brooks discusses her debut novel, The Houseguest, her approach to character and historical narrative, and the value of engaging readers with larger social issues through literature. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Used to Be Schwartz

By

When I told my friend Aharon that my family name used to be Schwartz, he said, “Used to be Schwartz—sounds like a Borscht Belt act.” ...more

Baltimore, Offline

By

Social media’s role in all this is especially strange in that it makes people feel obligated to speak out, whether they’ve thought hard about their place in the discourse or not. ...more

R.I.P. #5: Fantastic Casket

By

As far as the market right now, this is the moment to own it on caskets because we have the baby boomer generation coming up, and they’re doubling the number of deaths that are happening. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Jennifer Barber

By

Poet Jennifer Barber discusses loss, identity, historical trauma, and her newest collection, Works on Paper. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Not That Town

By

Times like those lead you to believe that writing is, before it’s anything else, about simply getting it straight. ...more

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Defeat

By

It never occurred to me to try to write poems without the guidance of other poets and poems. ...more

Conversations with Writers Braver than Me #18: Anne Roiphe

By

Anne Roiphe on respecting writers’ freedom to express the truth of their experiences, while also respecting their subjects’ prerogative to shun them for it. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Jen Pastiloff

By

I am good at making people feel safe. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Daniel Torday

By

Dan Torday talks about his novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, the role of fear in fiction, the fabrication of facts in a memoir, and about being “constitutionally unoffendable.” ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Shulem Deen

By

Shulem Deen talks about his memoir, All Who Go Do Not Return, his life as an ex-Hasidic author, divorce and parenting, and how painful he found it to be cast out from the religious sect he'd belonged to for over fifteen years. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Crushed

By

He’s a cute mensch, I gathered, a cuddly fellow with a well- groomed beard, sad eyes, and, most importantly, a comforting voice that sounded like he was about to either cry or laugh. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Tyler Gartzman

By

Rapper Tyler Gartzman talks about getting high, hypothetically making out with George Bush, not getting laid since high school, and how a white, Jewish kid in Atlanta became a talented hip-hop wordsmith. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Boris Fishman

By

Boris Fishman discusses his debut novel, A Replacement Life, Russia, the “immigrant novel,” Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons, and Vladimir Putin. ...more