Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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Ssshhhh. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Rumpus weekend features.

Like Wendy C. Ortiz’s mini-interview with Paul. You know, Paul, from Captain Pete’s Bait & Tackle? Paul says things like, “It sounds stupid but I kind of fell into ‘one of the top five notorious biker gangs in the country’ — that’s the feds’ words, not mine.”

And like “The Stench,” Allison Amend’s short story about “forty-four tons of rotting bison meat.” An appetizer to get you started:

When he stood up, he was covered in the slimy mess. It was not the smell that was offensive now so much as the texture of the meat, a gelatinous, runny goo akin to lumpy tapioca pudding. He brushed the maggots off while jumping up and down, hoping that would shake them.


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 →