A brutal Irish girlhood, a medical procedure that can change your race, and a novel narrated by the brilliant Russian inventor of the theremin—all in this week’s Rumpus Books coverage....more
Posts Tagged: Joshua Mohr
The Rumpus talks to Sean Michaels about his new book, Us Conductors, challenging a reader’s empathy, and a true, strange musical instrument: the theremin....more
Writer D. Foy waxes poetic about Made To Break, gutter opera, Stanley Kubrick and Anthony Burgess, remembering and imagining, the nature of reality, the perfection of humans, and treeing....more
I worked the same way with alcohol and drugs, and my whiskey elves, my beasts, never disappointed. I mean, they didn’t always write the prettiest prose — cocaine isn’t known to instill poetry — but they usually unearthed interesting images and haunting motifs.
If your fingers aren’t too frozen to click, here’s the weekend Rumpus roundup.
First, our film editor Anisse Gross reviewed Hilton Als’s new book White Girls:
Each time I took it out of my bag, people glanced at me wide-eyed, as if merely the title White Girls was too much out-loud talk about race in public.
It was only one meal after all and what could go wrong? The answer was simple. Me....more
“…people like us made our own destruction. We suicide-bombed our own lives.”...more
Jesse Michaels, former member of the punk bands Operation Ivy, Big Rig, and Common Rider, chats about his first novel, the thin line between fact and fiction, and how to turn off the voices in your head that scream “I’m nuts!” and “I’m shit!”...more
As artists, evolution is important. Learning and growing is important. I want to have the kind of career where I give myself permission to explore all kinds of aesthetics and styles.
If you’re on the lookout for great podcasts about writing and writers (who isn’t?), you’ll want to stick Litquake’s LitCast in your earbuds.
Their latest episode features novelist Joshua Mohr and Guggenheim fellow/Believer Book Award winner Sam Lipsyte, live at San Francisco’s Tosca Café (which, just so everyone knows, is actually a bar, not a café, and is thus somewhat unhelpful when you go there for a reading expecting to be able to snack on a croissant while you listen)....more
Fight Song, Joshua Mohr’s fourth novel, is a suburban picaresque about a character cursed with a name that highlights his own mediocrity and the futility of his efforts: Bob Coffen. In line with the schlubby antiheroes of Sam Lipstye and Gary Shteyngart’s novels, Bob is set in his ways; he is self-loathing but also unable to envision himself as anything but “another half-drunken, lonely, sad, suburban father.”...more
If you were too busy preparing kickass hors d’oeuvres for your Oscars party to read The Rumpus this weekend, we understand, and we’re here to help. Here’s what you missed.
An enchanting comic about an invisible crown by Yumi Sakugawa.
Anisse Gross interviews Joshua Mohr about his latest novel Fight Song and giving every idea, no matter how ridiculous, a chance on the page....more
Anisse Gross talks with Joshua Mohr about his latest novel, “a call to arms against complacency, a rally towards reclaiming one’s own individuality.”...more
Set in a dive bar, Joshua Mohr’s new novel, Damascus follows a weird gang as their lives crumble. Somehow it’s still life-affirming....more
The Rumpus talks to Patrick DeWitt about his new book, The Sisters Brothers, the story of two brothers in Gold Rush California....more
Joshua Mohr’s second novel returns to the seedy side of San Francisco, where the addicted and the lost search for redemption....more
Two authors, one dinner table. Joshua Mohr talks to Joe Meno about The Great Perhaps, fundamentalism, and why George W. Bush’s sentences are so short....more
This week, Rumpus Books has published reviews of Christopher Buckley’s new memoir, the work of Sidney Wade, and two novels, including one about being Jewish — and accused of patricide — in Holocaust-era Austria....more
Are marketing departments running the major publishing houses? Do editors and agents know what they’re doing? Are small presses the future of literature? Is everything a crapshoot? What’s a first-time novelist to do?...more