Posts Tagged: San Francisco

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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

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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

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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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Rumpus Original Fiction: April, 1968

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Used to see lots of psychedelic princes and princesses on Haight Street. Not many these days. But here were hundreds of the turned on and tuned in, dressed like birds and peacocks in heat. ...more

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Anne Raeff

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Married authors Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, both winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, discuss their craft, their process, and the way they negotiate the give and take involved in sharing a vocation. ...more

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #53: Meet WTAW Press

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Peg Alford Pursell is the author of the forthcoming book of flash and hybrid prose, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow (ELJ Publications). Her work has been published in VOLT, the Journal of Compressed Arts, and RHINO, among others, and shortlisted for the Flannery O’Connor Award.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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London bookstores are turning off Wi-Fi access, hoping to keep buyers focused on books rather than the net.

African-American bookstore Marcus Books is returning to the Fillmore District in San Francisco after being forced out of its previous home of three decades over rising rents.

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The Rumpus Interview with Ranbir Singh Sidhu

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Ranbir Singh Sidhu discusses his new novel, Deep Singh Blue, growing up in rural California, and the privileged, problematic world of publishing. ...more

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On Playing Games, Productivity, and Right Livelihood

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One week last spring I said it out loud for the first time: “Sometimes I play so long, my fingers go numb.” ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with William Hjorstberg

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William Hjorstberg talks about his new book, the heady writing days in Livingstone, Montana, being a "Hollywood whore," and the finer points of Richard Brautigan. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Cole Swensen

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Cole Swensen, author of fifteen collections of poetry, discusses her work, walking, and her recent travels. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A Buffalo bookstore owner was the target of an FBI investigation for more than two years, and now he wants to know why.

Can independent bookstores survive in the state that gave us Antonin Scalia and Tony Soprano?

San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood will not, after all, be a bookstore-free zone.

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Plankton (A Body of Stars)

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Plankton either grows into something other than plankton—a strong swimming non-planktonic adult, like a crab or a fish, or it stays the same—forever drifting with the shifting tides. ...more

New Album from Sonny Smith

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Sonny Smith’s latest record SEES ALL KNOWS ALL is a monologue in album format about a San Francisco that sadly seems to be disappearing. If you are familiar with Sonny & the Sunsets, you won’t be surprised that Sonny’s latest album has dream episodes, hallucinogenic trips, spaceships, romanceall darkly funny and sweet, in a disturbing sort of way.

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Guildtalk #3: Lori Ostlund

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For our ongoing Authors Guild series, Lori Ostlund speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo about what it means to live a literary life in the 21st century. ...more

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Wanted/Needed/Loved #5: Sonny Smith’s Skate Zine

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In one way or another we all tell stories to ourselves about who we are. ...more