Posts Tagged: writing


The Big Idea #11: Mark Bittman


Suzanne Koven talks to author, critic, and activist Mark Bittman about his “Big Idea”—how food has changed in the last fifty years, and how to teach our children to eat better. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Sandra and Ben Doller


Sandra and Ben Doller talk about The Yesterday Project, a blind collaboration, and about what it means to savor each day when you have stage III melanoma. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Elisabeth Egan


Elisabeth Egan discusses her debut novel, A Window Opens, life as a book lover, workplace jargon, and the question we should ask ourselves in place of can we “have it all”. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Taking Comfort in Futurama


I’m a comfort watcher... I retreat into the worlds I know well, with characters that are friends, with outcomes I already understand. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Bill Clegg


Author and agent Bill Clegg talks about his new novel, Did You Ever Have A Family, grief in fiction and in life, and why there is no finish line except the final finish line. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Zarina Zabrisky


Zarina Zabrisky talks about her new book, Explosion, the art of the short story, Russia and Ukraine, and being "a Jewish pessimist in the spirit of Shalom Aleichem." ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Kate Bolick


Kate Bolick talks about her new book, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, writing and the nuclear family, and whether women are finally people yet. ...more

Writing the Uncanny Divide


Marjorie Sandor writes for the Masters Review on the art of writing the uncanny. Sandor explores the 19th century origins of the word, whose use in literature seemed to address the blurring of boundaries in history, science, and the emerging field of psychology:

You might go to “a canny man” to have a spell cast on an enemy, or to have one reversed.


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The Rumpus Interview with Lincoln Michel


Lincoln Michel talks about his debut short story collection, Upright Beasts, his interest in monsters, and what sources of culture outside of literature inspire him. ...more

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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 Interview: Karrie Higgins


The more narratives that approach reality "differently" get treated as "insane" or "unreal," the less readers are exposed to them, and the more "unreal" or "insane" they seem. It's like a feedback loop. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Christopher Moore


Christopher Moore discusses his latest book, Secondhand Souls, the permanence of place in San Francisco, Michael Bay’s take on marine biology, and why everyone from Shakespeare nerds to goth teens trusts him to deliver laughs. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Adam Johnson


Pulitzer Prize–winning author Adam Johnson talks about his new book, Fortune Smiles, fiction and voice, veterans and defectors, solar-powered robots and self-driving cars, and infrared baseball caps that can blind security cameras. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Essay: On Madness and Mad Men


In my eight years as a Mad Men fan, the series has repeatedly prompted me to reflect on parenting. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Thunder, Thighs


Over one third of the women in my survey had been called “Thunder Thighs” at some point in their life. Many were still haunted by this. None of them interpreted “thunder” to mean “power. ...more

Your Next Story


WRITER: Thank you. Thank you. Really. Because my whole problem is I’m incapable of noticing things I might want to write about. I walk through this world blind, and it’s not till helpful people shove things in my face and suggest that I write about them that I ever have an idea.


One Way for Women To Be


What I should have said to that crowd was that our interrogation of Woolf’s reproductive status was a soporific and pointless detour from the magnificent questions her work poses. (I think at some point I said, “Fuck this shit,” which carried the same general message and moved everyone on from the discussion.) After all, many people have children; only one made To the Lighthouse and The Waves, and we were discussing Woolf because of the books, not the babies.


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Guildtalk #2: The Rumpus Interview with Christie Watson


For our second installment of Guildtalk, Christie Watson talks about theme in writing, working in a children's ICU, and her new novel, Where Women Are Kings. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Megan Kruse


Author Megan Kruse talks about her debut novel, Call Me Home, queer characters in rural places, sibling relationships, and how the music of Lucinda Williams inspires her. ...more