Posts by: Brian Spears

August in the Rumpus Book Clubs

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We’re excited to announce August’s selections for the Rumpus Book Club and Poetry Book Club! In the Book Club, we’ll be reading Michael Helm’s After James, a novel “in three parts, each gesturing toward a type of genre fiction: the gothic horror, the detective novel, and the apocalyptic. Science and art become characters, and secrets […]

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Coming to the Rumpus Book Clubs in June

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The Rumpus Book Clubs have been around for over six years now and they remain unique in a couple of important ways. First, we only feature pre-release books—that is, books that haven’t gone on sale yet, so you’re getting copies before anyone else (sometimes before the authors receive their personal copies!). And, we give members the chance to chat […]

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Princess Leia: Feminist Hero

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Star Wars is a bit more pop-culture-y than we tend to do around here, but I can’t help but share this piece from Emily Hauser on why we should stop talking about “Slave Leia” (who’s only in that costume for three minutes) and instead talk about “Leia the Hutt Slayer”: We’re not the franchise, though. We’re the ones who […]

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On Refugees, and Refusing to Be Scared

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The news that governors are suddenly deciding that they don’t want to welcome Syrian refugees has really driven home to me just how cowardly much of this country is. We talk tough, mind you, but when we’re asked to really open ourselves up to something, we refuse. I’m not talking about the country’s willingness to […]

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What’s Coming Up for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club is finishing up this month’s book, Reginald Dwayne Betts’s incredible Bastards of the Reagan Era, and getting ready for our online chat with the author (my favorite part of the Rumpus Book Club experience), but I thought it would be nice to showcase what’s coming up in the next few months. In November, […]

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About That Kenny Goldsmith Piece in the New Yorker

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We ran a blog post earlier today about Alec Wilkinson’s pretty crap piece about Kenny Goldsmith in the New Yorker which we characterized as “refreshingly even-handed.” That description is only accurate if you define even-handed as a several-thousand word tongue-bath in the pages of a huge magazine which both ignored and dismissed many of Goldsmith’s critics. We […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Presents… (With a Special Offer)

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There’s never been a better time to join The Rumpus Book Club, either by the month or by the year. If you join now, we’ll throw in a bonus: your choice of the Rumpus Tote Bag or the Rumpus Quotes Mug! This offer is for a limited time only, and is available only to new subscribers and […]

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Coming in April from The Rumpus Book Clubs

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We’re very excited about our selections for April, and we hope that you will be as well. Maybe so excited that if you aren’t a member yet, you’ll become one. (Also, a book club subscription makes a great gift. Seriously.) On the fiction side, we’ll be reading Julie Iromuanya’s debut novel Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Ottessa Moshfegh

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Ottessa Moshfegh talks about her book McGlue, inventing a character from an 1850s newspaper article, and revisiting her work years after she finished writing it.

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Up Next in the Rumpus Book Clubs

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There’s still time to get the December selections if you join either (or both!) the Rumpus Book and Poetry Book Clubs. What makes our book clubs special? Well, our first readers have a terrific track record of selecting truly amazing books, and members get books before anyone else does because we only select books that […]

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The Payton James Freeman Essay Prize

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We at The Rumpus are proud to be a part of this essay contest. Please take a look at the submission requirements (note the lack of an entry fee!) and let us take a look at your work. The Freeman Family, the Drake University Department of English and The Rumpus invite you to submit outstanding […]

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The November Rumpus Book Club Roundup

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Most of the time at the Rumpus Book Clubs we get books 3-4 weeks before everyone else does. It’s one of the best reasons to join, along with the opportunity to chat online with group members and with the author at the end of the month, pick her/his brain about their process, about who they’re […]

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A Request to the Poetry Foundation

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As I hope you already know, lots of writers live in less than ideal economic circumstances. Many are self-employed or under-employed, and even with the PPACA (also known as Obamacare) set to go into effect in January, there are still a lot of writers who are a sickness away from, in some cases, complete financial […]

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