Posts Tagged: new york
I became acquainted with the nightshift in the winter of 2009.
Sleep, back then, had become a problem....more
Recording artist Moby writes over at The Guardian about why he needed to leave New York and come to Los Angeles for his art. Los Angles gave him the room and the freedom to fail.
“Plenty of other cities in the United States and abroad are, of course, interesting and beautiful, but I moved to LA due to its singular pre-apocalyptic strangeness.
I’d rather monkeybar across this subway car than turn away from possibility....more
I imagine my life as a script by Woody Allen, who says in Annie Hall that a relationship is like a shark, it has to move forward or it dies. I love that line. Here I am, moving forward. Here I am, not dead....more
Saturday 1/11: Wayne Koestenbaum and Olivia Laing discuss famous creative people. Laing’s The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking (December 2013) explores several writers and their relationship to alcohol. Koestenbaum’s essay collection My 1980s (August 2013) examines various cultural icons....more
n+1 celebrates the launch of Issue Eighteen: Good News. Recess Activities, 8 p.m., $10 or free for subscribers....more
Expensive cities are killing our creativity, argues Sarah Kendzior in an article for Al Jazeera.
Not only is it very difficult for artists to make a basic living in artistic hubs such as New York, but some are pretty much being farmed out to teach creativity to the children of the wealthy, whatever they deem “creativity” to be....more
Things are pretty slow this week. Enjoy the holiday!
Saturday 12/21: Marie Buck and Arlo Quint read poetry as part of the Segue Reading Series. Quint’s Death to Explosions (July 2013) is his first full length book of poems. Buck’s Life & Style (2009) ‘translates’ poets into tween speak social media style poetry....more
Saturday 12/14: Mike Albo, Jami Attenberg, Sandra Bauleo, Alexander Chee, Adam Gopnik, Lev Grossman, Jill Hennessey, Dave Hill, Saeed Jones, Michael Kostroff, Fiona Maazel, Ayana Mathis, Téa Obreht, Gabriel Roth, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell, Parul Sehgal, Jim Shepard, Rob Spillman, Lorin Stein, Emma Straub, J....more
Andrea Elliott’s five-part New York Times essay “Invisible Child” is a brutal but absolutely necessary read.
In it, Elliott follows Dasani, a bright, athletic girl who, along with her parents and seven siblings, struggle through daily life in savagely underfunded homeless shelters and public schools....more
The Atlantic gave the Rumpus’s own Sari Botton, Melissa Febos, Mira Ptacin, and Cheryl Strayed a chance to delve deeper into their contributions to the anthology “Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.”
In a roundtable discussion with Marie-Helene Westgate, they discuss what it’s like to leave a city that, as Westgate puts it, “is a human entity unto itself: one capable of offering earth-shattering sex, endlessly stimulating conversation, and eventual transcendence, too.”
Hear their takes on questions like: “Is there a sense that leaving New York…constitutes a failure of character?” and more—and be sure to check out our two excerpted chapters from the book, one by Elisa Albert and one by Melissa Febos, right here on the Rumpus....more
Thom Yorke and PJ Harvey sit in New York and contemplate their doomed love and suffer, and it’s all terribly stylish and sexy. What really makes the song crackle, though, is the fact that neither one of them had sung this way about sex before—and haven’t really done so since....more
Saturday 11/23: Ossian Foley, Krystal Languell and Jamie Townsend read poetry. Foley’s first collection OF: Vol 1 includes experimental styles focused on discord and the relationship of structure. Unnameable Books, 7p.m., free....more
Saturday 11/9: The Comic Arts Festival features guest speakers, indie publishers, and self-published comic zines. Mt. Carmel Church -and- The Knitting Factory, 11am to 7pm, free....more
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If you missed yesterday’s Sunday Rumpus essay, “Through the Throat” by Ethel Rohan, you’ll want to correct that error immediately. A snippet:
By then Dad was in the hospital six weeks and I had kissed him more times than ever before in my life combined and sometimes joked to my sisters, “If there’s a mother of a miracle and he gets well, he’ll kill us for all these kisses.”
And if you’re in New York or Chicago, don’t forget to check out our events columns for those cities!...more
Monday 10/21: Novelist Jonathan Grimwood hosts Charlotte Druckman, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, and Matt Gross for an evening of storytelling focused on obsessions. Grimwood’s novel, The Last Banquet (October 2013), set in Enlightenment era Versailles, will inspire refreshments served by chef Emily Casey. Housing Works, 7pm, free....more
Driving down Second Avenue, we saw the usuals: skater kids and college students, queens and models and junkies. My heart hurt more and more. The landmarks of my most troubled memories now filled my heart with longing. I even missed my ghosts....more
Maybe you’ll be an actress. Maybe you’ll do stand up. Maybe you’ll suck dick for money....more
In this new New York, I’m living inside the Serenity Prayer. I say this at brunch and people laugh but I mean it....more
In the face of rampant negative body image and self-esteem issues, New York City is launching a campaign to help girls declare, “I’m beautiful the way I am.”
Samantha Levine, the Bloomberg aide behind the campaign, cites one of Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar columns as an inspiration:
“I think being a woman in this society, it’s sort of impossible to not be aware of the pressures there are around appearance, around weight, around trying to always look a certain way,” Ms.
Adelle Waldman talks to us about how to write “a convincing book about the inner life of a self-consciously intellectual male,” tackling the New York literary world in fiction, and love affairs with Brooklyn....more
Every month The Poetry Society of America presents two poets at McNally Jackson as a part of their reading series and it’s usually a knock-out pairing. This month abides the rule with readings from C.K. Williams and Angelo Nikolopoulos.
Of special note this week: The venue formerly known as The Bowery Poetry Club has reopened their doors after some serious renovations. Now going by the name Bowery Arts and Science — which makes more sense since poetry was a small fraction of the programming there — they are back and have a full schedule up on the site....more
The Rumpus Book Club talks with David Gilbert about his novel & Sons, shifts in perspective, and the economic viability of hot-dog carts....more