I’m spending National Poetry Month at the Millay Colony, former home of Edna St. Vincent Millay. My colleague and friend, poet and writer Jen Fitzgerald, will be writing the Mixtape column this month—and we are all lucky for it. Enjoy Jen’s robust selections and I’ll see you in May....more
Posts Tagged: Nick Flynn
Things in my own life that make me want to write about them are often things that are unresolved. And I use writing to figure them out.
Memoirists Meredith Maran, Dani Shapiro, Ayelet Waldman, Kate Christensen, and Nick Flynn speak in a YouTube video about why they write about their own lives, and the best/worst things that happened to them as a result of writing a memoir....more
Come join us tonight (Friday, January 25), at St. Cyprian’s Center to help Nick Flynn launch his new book, The Reenactments!
There’ll be a reading, a conversation with Rebecca Solnit, and musical performances by Penelope Houston and Cass McCombs—plus lots of cool people to hang out with....more
The second installment of “Super Sad True Habits of Highly Effective Writers” features a number of our friends, including contributor Chloe Caldwell, and Adam Levin, whose novel The Instructions was a Rumpus Book Club selection.
Here’s Nick Flynn on his pre-writing ritual:
“Before I sit down, I need time to wander in the unknown for awhile, either psychically or physically, somewhat aimlessly, yet in a state of awareness, allowing seeming distractions to build up some energy, maybe around an image or idea or sound, until something reveals itself: a pattern, an echo, something that resonates with whatever it is I think I’m supposed to be working on.”...more
Are you going to AWP?
Here’s something amazing we’re getting in on.
The Rumpus (and friends) present a special screening of Being Flynn Friday night at 11pm for AWP conference attendees only. You need a conference badge and you have to arrive fifteen minutes before the movie....more
One of the great strengths of this book is Flynn’s refusal to luxuriate in self-importance. Instead, he displays a consistent awareness that the poetry of war is not war itself, but dwells in the incorporeal rather than the actual....more
Nick Flynn wasn’t writing memoir yet in his early twenties—nor anywhere near publishing—when a memoirist’s worst nightmare came true for him. His mother read a fictionalized “story” he’d written in one of his college notebooks, about a woman struggling in ways that she was, too....more
This week in New York Mayhem launches, Darin Strauss lives Half a Life, Nick Flynn knows The Art of Losing, RISK! is dreamy, The New Yorker Festival screens our MOVIE PICK The Social Network, and in ART, Rob Pruitt returns....more
The Rumpus Presents:
Co-sponsored by Take the Handle:
Come help us say farewell to summer with comedians MICHAEL SHOWALTER and JESSI KLEIN, readings by NICK FLYNN, SARA MARCUS, HILTON ALS, and CORRINA BAIN and a musical performance by FRANKIE ROSE AND THE OUTS....more
One awesome thing about Rumpus Books is that we’ve got tons of original author interviews and book reviews and other miscellany we publish each week. One awesome thing about Sundays is that we put it all in one place for you to catch up....more
This week in New York Lydia Davis and Richard Howard read, John Wray, Heidi Julavits and Sarah Manguso discuss ebooks at Melville House, Of Montreal and Damon & Naomi perform, Lapham’s Quarterly celebrates the launch of its Religion Issue, artists recreate the filmography of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest character James Incandenza, and Selected Shorts presents actors acting out stories from Best European Fiction 2010....more
This week in New York, the Rumpus and HTMLGIANT present ONE YEAR LATER a multimedia event with an allstar lineup of readers and musicians including Rivka Galchen, Tao Lin, Jeffrey Lewis and more in celebration of the Rumpus’s First Anniversary, the Frederick Wiseman retrospective begins at MOMA, the Rumpus’s own Stephen Elliott gives talk “On Creating the Adderall Diaries,” Obediance–a film documenting the infamous “Milgram experiments,” screens, Patti Smith and Sam Shepard reunite to read at 92Y, and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge opens....more
This week in New York, lit mags The Faster Times, The Rumpus, Gigantic and Open City throw holiday parties, James Gallery holds Pornography in the City panel, Nick Flynn and Joseph Fasano read at Projection, LDM holds Holiday Episode, Stephen Elliott discusses the making of memoir, the Bloodsugars perform, Quentin Tarantino talks, Gabriel Orozco gets retrospectivized at MOMA, and the Madcap Manhattan series screens at Film Forum....more