Posts Tagged: Matthew Salesses

The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Vivian Lee

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As an editor of color, one advantage I have is that writers of color are comfortable knowing I’m not asking for edits to artificially enhance or to cover up their race. It’s not weird to me that their characters look like them.

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The Gift of Gratefulness

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The worst insult people hurl at adoptees is that they are “ungrateful” and should “go back” (to their “own” countries, to their old families). That is the moment when adoption becomes a gift—because that is the moment when it becomes clear that adoption belongs to people like the adoptive parent and not people like the […]

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Plot and Prejudice

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At Electric Literature, Matthew Salesses discusses the works of Joseph Conrad and Flannery O’Connor to explore the problem of unconscious prejudice and unintentional racism in writing, and how writers can avoid it: The writing of fiction cannot treat marginalized characters as vessels, cannot let the plot play out the racism of under-enlightened protagonists. Perhaps the […]

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Next Letter in the Mail: Matthew Salesses

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We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from author Matthew Salesses! Matthew writes to us about equality, possibilities, and missing Linsanity. And we’re offering a special Let’s Get Cozy promotion—purchase or extend a yearly LITM subscription anytime during the month of September, and you’ll receive an autographed copy of Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, just released 9/1 from Little […]

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The Rumpus Three-Way Interview: An Incomplete Catharsis

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Carmiel Banasky, Alexandra Kleeman, and Matthew Salesses on their new novels, writing from a place of tension, and how our writing changes as we do.

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Let’s Get Cozy: A Letters in the Mail Special Promotion

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The cool weather is approaching and The Rumpus wants to help you curl up with a good book! Purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription anytime during the month of September, and you’ll receive an autographed copy of Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-Year Flood, just released 9/1 from Little A/Amazon Publishing! You’ll also receive Matthew’s Letter in the Mail later this month! If you already have a yearly […]

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The Last Repatriate, by Mathew Salesses

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There’s an inherent need to stitch together a war veteran’s memory because narratives made of memories are otherwise fragmented. This is the tragedy of a war story—that the wholeness will never find resolution. Unfortunately for many veterans, these qualities follow them home and gain tight purchase. Such a POW is nineteen-year-old Teddy Dickerson, a soldier […]

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