For All Your Thrills: Rumpus Book Club Round-Up

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The Columbia Spectator talks to Timothy Donnelly about his new collection of poems, The Cloud Corporation, revealing his patience with the craft, propensity for pauses, and how he relishes the “quirky aspects of language.”

The Chicago Tribune calls Adam Levin‘s The Instructions “bold, fast, funny, and ambitious.”

The Poetry Foundation explores Donnelly’s strange disorder, and how it affects his relationship with language and his sensory perception. “I don’t do well with stasis,” Donnelly admits.

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club interviews Donnelly. Among questions asked: “How do you start thinking about a poem?” “Do you reread endlessly?” “What was the experience of the poems accumulating?”

PBS sits down with Elizabeth Alexander, author of Rumpus Poetry Book Club pick, Crave Radience.

Early Word, a blog dedicated to linking publishers and librarians, called The Instructions “a debut to watch.” Writes the blog’s administrator: “It takes guts to release a 1000-page-plus first novel in the thick of the fall season and expect the world to notice, but where would McSweeney’s Books – the literary home of Dave Eggers – be without guts, and good media connections?”

Though to the New York Observer, it’s a “brutal comedy of errors.”

What five songs does Levin reference in his 1,000 page novel? Hint: the Clash and the Fugees make appearances. Read the discussion of Levin’s Book Notes, in Largehearted Boy.

The Boston Globe reviews Lan Samantha Chang‘s All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, saying it has “comic moments,” but that it largely centers on four characters whose suffering is “prominent,” “sustained,” and “inescapable.”

To lift the mood and tickle your mind, The Rumpus is proud to release Rumpus Women, Vol. I. But that’s not all; read Forthcoming From the Rumpus to find out which other thrilling titles might be on the line-up.

And Happy Halloween!


Maddie Oatman has interviewed musicians and writers for The Rumpus. She's the research editor at Mother Jones, where she also writes. A Boulder transplant, she can often be found on her bike, skis, or cooking with vegetables, and she wrote her English thesis on a gay red-winged monster and Billy the Kid. Follow her on Twitter or read occasional musings on her blog Oats. More from this author →