Posts Tagged: teenagers

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The Rumpus Interview with Garth Risk Hallberg


Garth Risk Hallberg talks about his debut, City on Fire, living in New York City now and in the ’70s, and the anxiety and gratitude you feel when your first novel generates so much buzz. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Review: Little Minnie at the Movies


Being a teenager sucks. It’s not pretty or nice or sweet or kind. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Phoebe Gloeckner


Artist and author Phoebe Gloeckner talks about her semi-autobiographical novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl, just adapted into a film starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, and what she's working on now. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Neil Smith


Author Neil Smith discusses his latest book, Boo, the suffering inherent in being thirteen years old, and how friendship can help pull us through traumatic events in our lives. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Sarah Tomlinson


Author Sarah Tomlinson talks about ghostwriting, her father and childhood, the tradition of confessional writing, and her new memoir, Good Girl. ...more

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Songs of Our Lives: Look Blue Go Purple’s “Circumspect Penelope”


Distance always seduced me—distance from whatever was most familiar, especially myself—but the difficulties in achieving such remove vexed me. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Alix Lambert


Director Alix Lambert talks about her documentary, Mentor, small-town conformity, and bullying in the digital age. ...more

Young Adults Still Go to the Library


The Pew Research Center recently released a report about younger Americans’s (ages 16-29) attitudes toward libraries. As it turns out, young adults still read books, they still visit libraries—at least as much as older Americans—and many use library services. There are some key differences between younger and older generations when it comes to libraries—younger patrons, for example, are less likely to say a library closure would significantly impact them—but the findings still suggest libraries play important roles in communities.


Teen Reading


At BuzzFeed Books, Anne Helen Petersen expresses nostalgia for the reading she did as a teenager. It’s not so much that she misses the books themselves, though, but rather the “style of reading” associated with being a teen, the kind of full immersion that one isn’t able to achieve as an adult:

As adults, we’re taught to avoid that sort of reading—that sort of envelopment—because it makes us irresponsible.


What They’re Reading When They’re Not Playing Video Games


Teenagers aren’t exactly renowned for pouring out their feelings to the adults in their lives.

“It makes me think that this is why The Catcher in the Rye is a classic,” writes Carolyn Ross at The Millions. “People are just so thrilled to hear a teenage boy’s thoughts.”

But you can always get at least a little insight into someone’s thoughts by looking at the books they like, and as a high-school teacher, Ross knows what books teenage boys like.