Posts Tagged: Steve Almond
Steve Almond’s Writs of Passion is “the best Valentine’s gift money can buy,” at least according to About.com (and us!).
About.com guide Corey Silverberg interviewed Almond about pleasure, emotional danger, and how to write sex scenes.
…even if we do enjoy sex, we find all kinds of ways to punish ourselves for that pleasure.
I was in a Starbuck’s in central Connecticut trying to think about the election...more
Three years ago yesterday, in honor of Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday, we reprinted Steve Almond’s homage to the late author, “Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt.”
“The main thing was that Vonnegut made an impact on readers. He wasn’t one of those recluses who hid behind coy fictional guises....more
Here’s a few very short stories for your Monday morning:
“When a door opens and you can’t see who’s coming, it’s almost always a cat that would like to be your lover.” — At BLIP MAGAZINE, “The Cat Lover” by Thaisa Frank....more
“The ads declare that ‘in any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man’—a paraphrase of an Ayn Rand quote—while also urging readers to ‘support Israel’ and ‘defeat jihad.'”
Geller ran similar advertisements with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority last year, citing her first amendment rights as grounds to keep them posted....more
“Further questions should be referred to my accountant, the aforementioned Marty, who is no longer employed by H&R Block and who was, last time I checked, living in a small cardboard domicile outside Davis Square.”
In response to Mitt Romney’s recalcitrance to release more of his tax returns, Rumpus columnist and author Steve Almond has provided Boston’s NPR affiliate radio station WBUR with his own returns — complete with explanatory notes that give financial transparency a new meaning....more
“Why take to the streets when Stewart and Colbert are on the case? It’s a lot easier, and more fun, to experience the war as a passive form of entertainment than as a source of moral distress requiring citizen activism.”
At The Baffler, Rumpus columnist Steve Almond takes on comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, arguing that the comedians serve, largely, to mollify the public by staunching desire for active action against unjust power structures by engaging in acts of essentially harmless ridicule....more
One nice thing about small children is that they aren’t scared to ask questions. They haven’t completely absorbed the idea that ignorance is shameful....more
I first saw Chloe Caldwell do her thing a year ago. She read an essay about an orgy she’d participated in and how much she’d enjoyed the orgy, and the particular moments she’d enjoyed,...more
Listen in to Here & Now as Rumpus columnist Steve Almond discusses the 2012 Pulitzer Prize fiction indecision–and why it may be a good thing. Almond argues that we are overly invested in literary awards and suggests that the Pulitzer process should focus on the deliberations rather than the voting....more
Let’s say you work at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells, just down the road from Palm Springs. You do maintenance stuff: irrigation, pool filters, plumbing....more
The Story Prize announced their choices for outstanding and notable story collections of 2011. TSP features Rumpus columnist Steve Almond’s God Bless America, along with a number of Rumpus Book Club selections, including Daniel Orozco’s Orientation and Other Stories and Jim Shepard’s You Think That’s Bad....more
A quick pop quiz for the upwardly mobile couch potato: what theme unites virtually all our marquee cable television shows?...more
In Steve Almond’s new story collection, God Bless America, Almond does what he does best—eviscerate and then forgive our pitiful culture of excess....more
A Rumpus Lamentation on What We Lost
Say you took the long view of September 11, 2001, the view from the heavens, the view of a compassionate celestial being. From up there, you’d see that approximately 150,000 earthlings died that day....more
After decades of unlimited wealth and power, Gadhafi’s on the run. Such a steep decline from rich to running can only incite the imagination. Salon.com got a slew of authors to imagine the intricacies of Gadhafi’s current reality. Steve Almond imagined the unrequited love story of Gadhafi and Condoleeza Rice....more
From our Pacific Northwesterly neighbors, a new Tin House podcast featuring Steve Almond for your enjoyment.
Steve Almond provides a lecture from last summer’s Writer’s Workshop, “Everything They Told You in MFA School Was Wrong, Except For The Debt.” He poses questions like, “What is writing?” It’s not “making shit up” but “decision-making.” There’s humor, there’s sarcasm, strong opinions and poignant life-lessons, true to Almond form....more
Gil Scott-Heron died on May 27, at age 62. As I write this, there’s no official cause of death. We’ll know soon enough. This is America, after all. Whatever the medical details suggest, I’m listing his official cause of death as grief....more