Posts Tagged: structure

Structure as Lightning Rod


Writing for The Millions, M.C. Mah turns over all the cards in the deck on structure in storytelling. He gathers words of wisdom—and many metaphors—from luminaries like John McPhee, Borges, Vonnegut, and George Saunders, and then links the contemporary “horoscopic style” of structuring to an “anxiety about a better way to tell a story…” possibly “synonymous with aiming for the cheap seats of genre.”



The Saturday Rumpus Interview with Ramona Ausubel


I find tremendous hope in the act of storytelling—the way we can redirect energy, to reclaim history, to build back lives that have been otherwise upset. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Charles Bock


Charles Bock discusses his new novel, Alice & Oliver, the challenges of writing from experience, and how art and life can mirror one another. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Louisa Hall


Author Louisa Hall discusses her latest novel, Speak, the future of artificial intelligence, and how playing squash taught her a love of literary technique. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Mary Karr


Mary Karr talks about her new book The Art of Memoir, the perception of memoir from a "trashy" form, the virtues of poetry, and the complexity of truth-telling. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Les Standiford


Prolific writer and Director of the FIU Creative Writing Program Les Standiford takes a look back at his career in books, including Water to the Angels and Bringing Adam Home, and tells us what's next. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Jay Rubin


Author and translator Jay Rubin talks about his new novel, The Sun Gods, translating Haruki Murakami into English, and the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II. ...more