Weekend Rumpus Roundup


First, Brandon Hicks brings us an illustrated retrospective of the works of Franklin “Boobs & Butt” Barber.

Then, in the Saturday Rumpus Review of Todd Haynes’s movie Carol, Sean Donovan considers how this new film fits into Haynes’s other works that focus on the 1950s, writing, “Until Carol, Haynes’s examination of queer sexuality and fifties culture has been rooted in detached, postmodern explorations of the fifties.” He concludes that, “perhaps Carol is the fifties, for real this time.”

Meanwhile, Heather Partington reviews Rus Like Everyone Else, Bette Adriaanse’s debut novel from Unnamed Press. Partington notes that “Adriaanse’s writing has a sly humor about it” and promises that the book “will leave you eager to read whatever [Adriaanse] writes next.”

Finally, in the Sunday Interview, we find Heather Partington again, this time in conversation with Michael Seidlinger. Seidlinger and Partington talk about Seidlinger’s new book, The Strangest, the looming figure of Camus, and the hard work of pretending to be normal.

Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC but thinks twenty times a day about heading back west. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” will appear in the anthology Burn It Down, forthcoming from Seal Press in fall 2019. She is Editor-in-Chief and owner of The Rumpus. Find her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →