Posts Tagged: San Francisco

Album of the Week: Jay Som’s Everybody Works

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Jay Som is the musical project of San Francisco singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte. The moniker was found via an online baby name generator and means “Victory Moon.” Everybody Works is her sophomore release, out via Polyvinyl Record.

Writing, recording, playing on, and producing almost every bit of her new album, Duterte keeps her signature DIY approach—wedding lo-fi rock to hi-fi home orchestration, and weaving evocative autobiographical poetry into energetic punk, electrified folk, and dreamy alt-funk.

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The Rumpus Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Viet Than Nguyen discusses his story collection The Refugees, growing up in a Vietnamese community in San Jose in the 1980s, and the power of secondhand memories. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Joshua Mohr

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Joshua Mohr discusses his memoir Sirens, writing for his daughter, and why he values art that trusts its audience. ...more

The Last Book I Loved: Poeta en San Francisco by Barbara Jane Reyes

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Through incisive and uncompromising verse, Reyes unearths the hypocrisy at work in exalted American democracy... ...more

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #18: Keeping Our Balance in a Time of Turkeys

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Yesterday, walking home along the wet pavement twinkling under the sunshine, I spied a flock of no fewer than twenty-four wild turkeys parading down the street, mostly chicks.

I don’t see them today, as the rain has returned, and all is gray.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Abeer Hoque

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Abeer Hoque talks about coming of age in the predominantly white suburbs of Pittsburgh, rewriting her memoir manuscript ten times, and looking for poetry in prose. ...more

(K)ink #15: Writing While Deviant: E. A. Longfellow

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The way I think about my writing is similar to the way I think about my kink—both have to do with history and the ethics around appropriation. ...more

Wanted/Needed/Loved #16: Allison Crutchfield’s Sewing Machine

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When I’m away touring, my clothes are my connection to home, my way of feeling myself. ...more

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #70: Jean Conner

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Jean Conner was married to Bruce Conner from 1957 until his death in 2008. As a result, she tends to be overshadowed by her husband’s larger than life reputation as an artist, filmmaker, light show pioneer, and all-around conceptual provocateur. But Jean is a major artist in her own right, continuously pursuing her work as a painter and collagist, of which the recently reissued Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle affords only a tantalizing glimpse.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Emma Straub has been named Independent Bookstore Day ambassador. Author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers, Straub worked at the recently closed BookCourt in Brooklyn, and plans to open her own store nearby.

Omnivore Books, a San Francisco cookbook store, is resisting Trump’s ban on Muslims by celebrating cookbooks from the banned regions.

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The Rumpus Interview with Melissa Yancy

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Melissa Yancy discusses her debut story collection Dog Years, using her day job for inspiration, and being “an old curmudgeon at heart.” ...more

Otter

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The emblem, not the animal, mattered. We swatted mosquitoes, made no pilgrimages to Vermont to see bears and moose. I wanted to get as close as possible to my potential animal totem. ...more

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #15: Contemplation + Politics

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Thomas Merton, the most prominent Catholic monk of the 20th century, famously left the world to live a cloistered life at the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemini in rural Kentucky, taking vows and becoming Father Louis. As many will recall, he described his journey to the cloister in one of the century’s masterpieces of memoir, The Seven Story Mountain.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Revolution Books in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan is literally advocating for real revolution.

Broadway Books in Portland, Oregon spent Inauguration Day handing out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.

Dallas, Texas is getting an independent bookstore.

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The Truth About Lying

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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

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Chris Santiago

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Chris Santigo on his new collection Tula, writing a multilingual text, and the connections between music and writing poetry. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: No Wound

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Maybe I can touch it and show it to you. If I convince you, we can call it real. And then perhaps it will be. ...more

Notable San Francisco: 12/28–1/3

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Wednesday 12/28: Back in the day, when Isaac Fitzgerald used to host the monthly Rumpus variety show at The Make-Out Room, comedian Nato Green was a frequent and popular guest. Tonight, he’ll be headlining at The Punch Line. That’s a good bet for a good time.

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The Rumpus Interview with Vanessa Hua

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Vanessa Hua discusses her debut collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, writing fiction in order to understand life as an American-born child of immigrants, and the importance of literary community. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Imbolo Mbue

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Imbolo Mbue discusses her debut novel Behold the Dreamers, teaching herself how to write a novel, and the price of the American Dream. ...more

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton

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Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton on their new book Knives & Ink, cooking with pigs' heads, and long-distance collaboration. ...more

Job Insecurity 101

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At California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland, adjunct faculty have been trying for two years to win their first union contract. They are part of the Service Employees International Union’s Faculty Forward movement, through which some 13,000 adjuncts at fifty colleges across the nation have unionized in the last three years.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #10: Art Lives!

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Sunday: I work through the voting guide, propositions, and candidates, making my decisions. My partner, Argyle C, Klopnick (ACK!), is sure, now, that Hillary’s victory is certain. I ‘m not yet a believer. I think Trump is electable.

Monday: I’m catching the excitement.

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The Rumpus Interview with Rich Ferguson

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Rich Ferguson discusses his debut novel New Jersey Me, moving to the Garden State from the South as a kid, and how music has influenced his writing. ...more

Notable San Francisco: 11/16­–11/22

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Wednesday 11/16: Readers at Lyrics and Dirges will focus on the theme of gratitude. Featured: Harold Terezon, Marguerite Munoz, Norma Smith, Mickey Ellinger, Josiah Luis Alderete, and Tongo Eisen-Martin. Free, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books Downtown.

Thursday 11/17: Michael McClure celebrates a new collection of poetry: Mephistos and Other Poems.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #9: Punk the Deadline!

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Oh my god, I’m stuck again. A truck in the muck. A cat up a tree. An explorer in quicksand. Winnie the Pooh in the door of Rabbit’s house. Trying to birth a column and needing a Caesarean. Is there any horror worse for a writer than a deadline?

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Color at the Mercy of the Light

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What if I said: while people still believe they are white in America, that delusion, and the dream upon which it is founded, needs to be seriously examined. ...more

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #8: Dappled Things

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The small town where I have recently landed is ugly and beautiful. Walk down the main street: there are a few old gems like an ancient and glorious Masonic Hall, now home to evangelicals. Several boarded up stores, ugly as can be, and some small town cafes: one for Giants fans, specializing in breakfast, pancakes and pennants all over the joint, one Mexican taqueria, one family pasta palace with red and white checkered table cloths and cheap chianti, and an old-school diner for burgers.

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Dreams, Manifestos, and What Times Are Best for Writing

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For Playboy, Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine) interviews Colin Winnette. On writing his most recent novel Haints Stay, Winnette says his process was like “spending a year or so in my own private Western.” On his short story “Whereabouts,” also published in Playboy, Winnette tells Kleeman, “I’m always interested in the ways that assuming you have the ‘best intentions’ can really fuck things up.”

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