Posts Tagged: relationships

Bodies Testing Boundaries: The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfeld

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The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfeld is a profound debut that carefully undermines the foundational assumptions we have about other people. ...more

Rumpus Original Fiction: The Barbecue


Up close, the beach was disgusting and tragic. A million tiny pieces of plastic were heaped on the shore like confetti from a hundred parades, or like the real sand on the beach threw up. ...more

Rumpus Original Fiction: Grace


After the anger came a deep, resigned sadness, as if her cruise were canceled at the last minute. She’s stuck on the shore of her life, watching everyone she loves sail into the distance. ...more

Language Is All Convention: Talking with Elif Batuman


Elif Batuman discusses her new novel The Idiot, what it means to be a writer, and the artifice of language. ...more

A Funny Inevitability: In Conversation with Siel Ju


Siel Ju discusses her debut novel-in-stories, Cake Time, the difference between our online selves and real-life selves, and who she hopes will read her work. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: The Cost of Intimacy


Chasing intimacy can feel cheap—and yet intimacy we pay for can be meaningful. I find traditional therapy as awkward as sex, exposing my emotional self like I expose my body. ...more

Mixed Feelings: Why Do Men Always Want to Settle Down?


Many women do want to get married, and that’s a perfectly reasonable choice. The problem, then, is that when a woman says she doesn’t want to marry, many people find this hard to believe. ...more

Rumpus Original Fiction: Straw House


“It’s not healthy, how you live. People aren’t meant to sleep all day. We need the sun. We’re meant to live in the sun.” ...more

The Sunday Rumpus Essay: My Souls Are Out A-Wandering


What is marriage but another form of colonization? A renaming? A power taken, a power taken away? ...more

MIXED FEELINGS: The Emotional Labor of Listening to Men Complain


In the first installment of "Mixed Feelings," a science-based advice column, Mandy Catron offers counsel on handling a partner's obsession with their ex. ...more

Learning to Live Alone through the Legacy of Mary Tyler Moore


Characters like Mary and Rhoda hadn't been turned into stereotypes of single women in their thirties or career women or divorcees. They couldn't be: they were the first. ...more

The Rumpus Interview With Danielle Trussoni


Danielle Trussoni discusses her new memoir, The Fortress, black magic, the cult of marriage, and the dark side of storytelling. ...more
Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight | Rumpus Music

Albums of Our Lives: Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight


Something about the twangy banjo and the melancholy vocals just made me feel less alone. And I hated being alone. ...more

Album of the Week: Cherry Glazerr’s Apocalipstick


Clementine Creevy is a nineteen-year-old girl from Los Angeles with a vision: having a career in music in a society that “would deem that a prodigious girl can’t be in a progressive rock band while also being in complete control of its creative vision, business plan, and social messaging.”

This is how Cherry Glazerr was born.


VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Tara Betts


Tara Betts discusses her newest collection, Break the Habit, the burden placed on black women artists to be both artist and activist, and why writing is rooted in identity. ...more

The Truth About Lying


My gut is a red, fiery drum, a beacon of rosy light. My instinct to run is a bright radioactive pink arrow, a bloody blade. I was correct. ...more