Posts Tagged: satire

Make Your Choices: A Conversation with Chris Kraus

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Chris Kraus discusses her latest book, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography, writing about art under patriarchy, politics, and “the truth.”

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Discomfort, Desire, and Drugs: Talking with Ben Gwin

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Ben Gwin discusses his debut novel, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Regan Middleton, the book’s unique structure, and writing satire.

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Both Insider and Outsider: Victoria Chang’s Barbie Chang

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Barbie Chang is an intelligent, lively portrayal of the pressures on contemporary women (especially mothers), and a breathlessly entertaining read.

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Here’s Your Beginning: A Conversation with Lynn Freed

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Lynn Freed discussions her recent essay collection, The Romance of Elsewhere, the importance of a good first sentence, and the risks involved in writing irony.

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Constantly and On Your Own: Talking with Natasha Stagg

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Natasha Stagg discusses her debut novel, Surveys, obsession with celebrity, social media, and how she approached writing about something so ephemeral.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #111: Alexandra Kleeman

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“Are we going to try to restore our country to the condition it was in before, or we going to try to imagine something better?”

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Beneath a Pile of Tulle and Tiaras: Talking with Devorah Blachor

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Devorah Blachor discusses The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess, princess culture in America and abroad, and publishing a book on feminism in the current political climate.

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Reality Scooped: Talking with Tony Tulathimutte

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Recent Whiting Award winner Tony Tulathimutte discusses his first novel, Private Citizens, the state of satire in 2017, “booby-trapping” identity politics, and productivity in the Internet age.

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Concubines and Expat Husbands: Catching Up with Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

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Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan discusses her new novel, Sarong Party Girls, concubine culture, and the freedom of writing fiction after a career in journalism.

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The Rumpus Interview with Robert Glancy

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Robert Glancy discusses his sophomore novel, Please Do Not Disturb, growing up under a dictatorship, borrowing and stealing from reality, and his love of proverbs.

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Podcatcher #5: #GoodMuslimBadMuslim

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Podcatcher talks with Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim about the podcast format, finding humor in absurdity, and diversity within the Muslim identity.

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Dark Magic Your Way to Better Writing

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Are you in a rut with your writing? Blocked for ideas and inspiration? Finding those writing exercises designed to spark your imagination getting a little stale? Try some writing exorcises instead, courtesy of McSweeney’s. A little dark magic might go a long way to helping you buck those obstacles to your writing.

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Fresh Comics #10: Hot Dog Taste Test

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When I started reading this book, I hated it. I thought, this is what happens when an illustrator takes a shot at storytelling. It’s just one drawing after another until you hit the requisite 175 or so pages that equals “book.” I get even grouchier imagining that books like these are dreamed up as a way to […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Rebecca Schiff

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Rebecca Schiff discusses her debut collection The Bed That Moved, choosing narrators who share similarities with each other and with herself, and whether feminism and fiction-writing conflict.

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The Faces of The Face on the Milk Carton

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The YA novel The Face on The Milk Carton has marked a thrilling yet disturbing rite of passage for many young readers over the past 25 years, iconic right down to its simple, haunting cover—which many of those readers could easily conjure from memory. Mallory Ortberg, literary comedian and maestro of The Toast, was one […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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As the stump speeches and primary dates continue to roll on and thousands of Americans develop stress ulcers, Darcey Steinke delivers a humorous and terrifying vision of our dystopian future should Donald Trump win the presidential election. “The Blue Toes,” over at Catapult, features a distinctly Trump-like figure called “the Tomato” and his followers, the […]

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Father John Misty’s “Pandora Promos”

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The singer posted several “rejected” Pandora promos to his SoundCloud, and they’re more than a little great. Here’s one of the gems: Whether you’re snorting rails of Tide off priceless Matisse cutouts or stuck at home because of your dismal Uber rating, my customized mixtape is guaranteed to be 100% Ed Sheeran. That’s Ed Sheeran all […]

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Fresh Comics #8: John Black’s Body

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In the imagined scenario wherein my apartment burns to the ground and I lose all my worldly possessions, there are just a few things I would miss—family photographs (of course), an old wooden trunk my grandmother reupholstered and that I used to store my toys as a child, and the book, John Black’s Body. I discovered […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Laurie Foos

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Laurie Foos discusses her latest novel, The Blue Girl, feminism, Michael Jackson, and mythical moon pies.

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Fun with Jane

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Awe-inspiring literary legacy aside, one thing is for certain: Jane Austen could definitely hang. A new collection of some of her shorter works shows the writer in peak form, sharply mocking her social milieu with expert comedic timing: The young Austen is hardly proper. She writes of drunkenness (in fact, she’s rather fond of the phrase […]

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Satirical America

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Has the US turned into a satire of itself? Consider how quickly Congress has gone from championing Freedom Fries to chastising President Obama’s absence from the Paris peace march. Over at the LA Times, David L. Ulin looks at why Americans are choosing irony over satire: Is it coincidence, then, that the rise of postmodernism […]

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