A Book That Spans Decades In More Ways Than One

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Rumpus contributor Nicholas Rombes is writing a twenty-year novel.

What precisely does that mean? It means that the first pieces of the novel were published in 2009 as A Cultural Dictionary of Punk, and other published pieces will be collected into a Part I in 2019, and then still more pieces will be collected into a Part II in 2029—for a total timespan of twenty years.

Four years into the project, called Nightmare Trails at Knifepoint, there are already several fragments floating around in various publications. For a comprehensive overview of these fragments, you can check out Rombes’s online pamphlet about the project, but of course we recommend starting with the ones that appeared on the Rumpus here and here.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →