One word at a time, at up to 1000 words a minute. That’s 16.67 words per second. Spritz, a Boston-based technology start-up, has developed a new app that presents text in a way that allows you to read at lightning speeds. Spritz has named their company after a gentle spray of water, though their product […]
Over at Salon, Gayle Brandeis has a follow-up essay to her personal story, “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying,” about her mother’s suicide, published on the Rumpus last month. “I’ve made passing mention of my mom’s suicide in my writing over the last couple of years, but my first truly raw and open essay about her […]
In a certain context, a set of swings–and the mild risk, childish competition and sheer stomach-swirling delight that they offer–rise to the level of art. That context is a silent, cavernous gymnasium at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where Paolo Salvagione’s “Competitive Swinging” pits two rows of swingers against one another, and each other. […]
“Google confirmed widespread rumors last night that it will soon launch an invitation-only beta-testing program for its controversial Android phone App, Word Count. According to a press release posted on the Google Lab Team blog, the App will make use of the Lab Team’s recently designed algorithms and a controversial piece of software known as […]
Judges for the international Man Booker prize have announced the thirteen finalists under consideration for this year’s award recognizing fiction writing—a body of work rather than a single book. Among the nominees is spy novelist John le Carré, who has requested that his name be removed “to give less established authors the opportunity to win.” The […]
What Rhoades Ha and the New York Times fail to understand is that the backlash is not about readers misinterpreting these quotes as belonging to the reporter, James C. McKinley Jr. It is about everything else.
Delfin Vigil’s wonderful non-fiction story NIKKO: Concrete Commando, beautifully illustrated by Rumpus comics editor Paul Madonna, was first published here on the Rumpus. Now Vigil has retold his tale for radio, and included recordings with Nikko himself, on NPR’s Snap Judgement. It’s great stuff.
East Coast! West Coast! Rumpus Women are reading everywhere! Come out! San Francisco: Monday night, December 13, 7pm, the Makeout Room Readings by Michelle Tea, Sarah Fran Wisby, Julie Greicius, Kathleen Alcott and Antonia Crane, with a presentation by Lisa Brown, comedy by Janine Brito and music by The Yellow Dress. Hosted by Stephen Elliott. […]
Some would say that just having grandchildren makes a woman a superhero. If I live to be so old, I only hope my grandchildren will be as spectacularly awesome as photographer Sacha Goldberger is: A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her […]
“I asked Wolfgang how long addicts typically had to wait for admission to his clinic. He didn’t understand my question, so I asked again. As I was about to ask a third time, it dawned on me the confusion wasn’t due to language, but to Wolfgang’s inability as a physician to comprehend why any patient […]
Jane Austen’s Fight Club – watch more funny videos Dear IMDB visitors, you may also enjoy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Inception, also this is just plain awesome. You can watch more videos here. And check out reviews and interviews on our film page.
Delfin Vigil’s fantastic true story Nikko: Concrete Commando, has just became available at City Lights in San Francisco. Nikko was first published here on The Rumpus, and then beautifully self-published in the real world. Buying the book in person saves you a dollar off the online price, and gets it to you way faster. It’s also sold at Aquarius Records, Dog Eared […]
Delfin Vigil’s fantastic true story Nikko: Concrete Commando, first published here on The Rumpus, was also beautifully self-published in the real world. If you’re in San Francisco, you can now buy Nikko at Aquarius Records, Dog Eared Books, or Needles & Pens. Buying the book in person at one of these shops saves you a […]
The paintings of Andrew Abbott run a broad, beautiful range of darkness and humor. Several of his paintings remind me of Picasso: “Say No to Durgs” [sic] has all the conflict and chaos of “Guernica,” for example. Others, with their ripe-red color and self-affliction, or even mysterious “Mounds,” feel like Louise Bourgeois. But Abbott’s own […]
“I was seeing something about the human mind. I was seeing the author in the text in a way that people hadn’t seen the author in the text before.” Jed Abumrad of Radiolab talks with scientists about how our use of words—the density and complexity of our sentences, or lack thereof—may be an indicator of […]
“…I was outed on a chicklit book forum pretending to be a fan of the book and concealing my role as author. The forum administrator who suspended me was named FunkyTown, and the exchange became one of the vignettes performed in relation to the work. Another centered around an Amazon user named ‘soulnourisher’ who identified […]
Julie Greicius was Art Editor for The Rumpus when it launched in January 2009. One year later, she became Senior Literary Editor, and later, Senior Features Editor. Julie also co-edited the first book published by The Rumpus, Rumpus Women, Vol. 1, featuring personal essays and illustration from twenty kick-ass contributors. Her writing been featured on The Rumpus, Midnight Breakfast, Stanford Medicine Magazine, and BuzzFeed, as well as in the anthology The 27th Mile. She lives in California and is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board.