No word is wasted. No story is told in vain. ...more
Tags: Abuse, Adrienne Maree Brown, anxiety, Cheryl Strayed, depression, divorce, domestic violence, Doreen St. Felix, elissa bassist, Emergent Strategy, essay, fascism, husbands and wives, lyz lenz, marriage, Milan Kundera, Not That Bad, Pamela Colloff, Patricia Hampl, Rumpus essays, the book of laughter and forgetting, therapy, Trump, twitter, You've Got Mail
“I wanted my book to open up a conversation.”
Tags: #metoo, A Dirty Word, Abuse, bill cosby, bodies, body image, Come As You Are, Emily Nagoski, female sexuality, lyz lenz, marriage, motherhood, Rape culture, sex writing, sexuality, steph auteri, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, women's bodies, Yoga
“Nothing is more important than telling our stories in the face of forces that would erase us.”
John Lingan discusses his new book, HOMEPLACE.
Tags: 1950s, american south, country music, feminism, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, Homeplace, Jim McCoy, John Lingan, Loretta Lynn, lyz lenz, Patsy Cline, rural, Shenandoah Valley, Troubador, Troubador Bar & Lounge, Trump Country, Virginia, Winchester, World War II
Amber Tamblyn discusses her new book,
Any Man, cultural myths, obsessions, and crime. ...more
Tags: #metoo, amber tamblyn, Any Man, Brock Turner, Cal Morgan, Dark Sparkler, femininity, gender disparity, gender inequality, gender roles, Golden State Killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, lyz lenz, Michelle Wolf, misandry, monster, murder, Nancy Grace, rape, Rape culture, serial killer, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual violence, Times Up, twitter, violence
Tom McAllister discusses his new novel,
How to Be Safe, workshops, Twitter, dystopia, and narrative voice. ...more
Tags: Annie Liontas, Barrelhouse, Book Fight, Bowling for Columbine, bury me in my jersey, Columbine, Dave Cullen, Dave Housley, DJ Waldie, dystopia, Elisa Gabbert, fear, geoff dyer, gun violence, guns, Holy Land, How to Be Safe, Internet, Iowa Writers' Workshop, James Baldwin, Leslie Jamison, lyz lenz, mass shootings, michael moore, Pain, Paul LePage, Philadelphia Eagles, point of view, Sandra Newman, Social Media, Steve King, teachers, The Young Widower's Handbook, tom mcallister, Trump, twitter, violence, Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech massacre
Deputy Managing Editor Christine Hyung-Oak Lee discusses what she hopes to do in her new role, what she looks for in an essay, and beekeeping.
Tags: beekeeping, Berkeley, Bitch, BuzzFeed, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Ecco, entropy, I Had a Stroke at 33, isaac fitzgerald, lyz lenz, matriarchy, Mills College, mint, Randa Jarrar, Randy Oliver, Seo-Young Chu, The Golem of Seoul, the rumpus, UC Berkeley
Jasmine Guillory discusses her debut novel,
The Wedding Date, finding success, writing sex, and the revolutionary act of eating. ...more
Tags: anxiety, Berkley Press, body image, Bridges of Madison County, clean eating, cooking, Courtney Milan, debut novel, Dorie Greenspan, eating, eating disorders, female bodies, first book, food, genre fiction, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Jasmine Guillory, kate hudson, lyz lenz, Margaret Atwood, race, romance, romance novel, Sarah McLean, Sex Scenes, sex writing, Tessa Care, The Proposal, The Wedding Date, weddings
Backlash isn’t new to our Internet culture, but with Twitter and hot takes it does come for us a little faster. ...more
Tags: #metoo, Abuse, backlash feminism, censorship, Crane Briton, date rape, doxxing, ENOUGH, feminism, Feminists, Gabrielle Moss, gamergate, Harpers, Harvey Weinstein, hot take, hysteria, internet trolls, Jennifer Gonnerman, jessica valenti, Katie Roiphe, lyz lenz, Me Too, Meghan Daum, Moira Donegan, Nicole Cliffe, Rape culture, Revolution, Roxane Gay, sexism, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, Social Media, Stephen Elliott, The Morning After, trolls, twitter, whisper network
It makes sense to me that Johnny Appleseed, a man, would travel God’s earth spreading his profligate seed. And then women are doomed to their lives trying to make that seed into something useful. ...more
Tags: A History of the Wife, Aphrodite, apples, autumn, children, consumption, cooking, death, Eve, fall, farm, femininity, feminism, food, Garden of Eden, gender roles, Hera, Hercules, iowa, Jamestown, Lincoln Highway, lyz lenz, Marilyn Yalom, Midwest, motherhood, mothers, mythology, nature, pie, rural, Sara Miles, switchgrass, Take This Bread, Toledo, Trojan War, women, Zeus
Tori Telfer discusses her first book
Lady Killers and the fragile “social saran wrap” that keeps us all from killing each other. ...more
Tags: Aileen Wuornos, Béla Bodó, Budapest, colonialism, comments section, Elizabeth Ridgway, Emma Carmichael, Erzsébet Báthory, feminism, fetish, gender roles, Jezebel, Jia Tolentino, Karla Homolka, Lady Killers, lyz lenz, Mallory Ortberg, masks 2017, murder, murderer, Nagyrev, Nicole Cliffe, Orientalism, Racism, research, serial killers, sexism, the awl, The Hairpin, tori telfer, violence
The Whiting Foundation’s Creative Nonfiction Grant is in its second year and seeks to acknowledge the creation of exemplary works of nonfiction.
Tags: creative nonfiction, george packer, Jay Kirk, Julie Phillips, Meghan O'Rourke, Michael Brenson, Pacifique Irankunda, Philip Gourevitch, Seth Kantner, Whiting Awards, whiting foundation
In order to stop being scared, we have to see horror for what it is. We have to look behind the mask. ...more
This October, The Rumpus is exploring the theme of “Hiding in Plain Sight” and we want all your essays about disguises!
[I]n a book that argues we are divided and stuck in our own echo chambers, Sexton’s own divide goes unexamined, his own echo chamber unchallenged. ...more
Tags: Atticus Review, Bernie Sanders, Counterpoint Press, Donald Trump, election 2016, Elizabeth Warren, Georgia Southern University, gonzo journalism, Hilary Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Jared Yates Sexton, lyz lenz, male privilege, Matthew MacWilliams, middle America, New York Times, online harassment, privilege, Racism, Roxane Gay, Sarah Smarsh, sexism, Social Media, Stassa Edwards, stereotypes, The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, Trump, tweets, twitter
Liu Xia is a Chinese poet. Her husband, Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Laureate and dissident, died recently in prison. Liu Xia, who has been under strict house arrest for ten years, remains unable to speak or travel freely. Friends who have tried to contact her have failed. Reporters who have tried to visit her home […]
Tags: China, Chinese government, Empty Chairs, Empty Chairs: Selected Poems, graywolf press, Jennifer Stern, Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo, Ming Di, PenAmerica, poems, poetry, Terry Branstad
Matthew Gallaway discusses his second novel,
#gods, moving from a big publishing house to an indie press, and why it was important to him to depict gay sex in writing. ...more
Tags: AIDS crisis, bill clegg, Brian Hurley, capitalism, choire sicha, day job, detective novel, dilettante, Donald Trump, faith, Fiction Advocate, gardening, gay, Gods, homophobia, homosexuality, independent press, Jonathan Ferris, LGBTQ, lyz lenz, Matthew Gallaway, Michael Cunningham, Neil Gaiman, New York City, publishing industry, Random House, religion, Sex, sexuality, siblings, small press, The Metropolis Case, Trump
America is a broken window pane—shards of glass, each reflecting a different light. ...more
Tags: America, Donald Trump, Evangelical, homeschool, Mildred D. Taylor, patriot, patriotism, Politics, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, sarah vowell, The Woman Who Ran for President: The Many Lives of Victoria Woodhull, Waco
John Grisham discusses his advice for young writers, the literary mafia, and why he finally wrote a (literal) beach read.
Tags: A Time to Kill, adaptations, american south, beach reads, bookselling, Camino Island, Cormac McCarthy, elmore leonard, film adaptations, Harlan Coben, Hollywood, Ian McEwan, J. K. Rowling, John Grisham, john le carré, literary world, lyz lenz, Pat Conroy, publishing industry, Ron Williamson, Scott Turow, Stephanie Meyer, Stephen King, The Firm, vampires
David Sedaris discusses his new collection of diary entries,
Theft By Finding, his love for book signings, and his inevitable return to IHOP. ...more
Tags: Amy Sedaris, audience, audio books, book signing, David Rakoff, david sedaris, diary, England, fame, Hugh Hamrick, humor, humor writing, IHOP, ira glass, Joan Crawford, journal, journaling, Little Chef, London, lyz lenz, new york, new yorker, NPR, Radio, snob, Spice Girls, susan sontag, Terry Gross, Theft by Finding, tobias wolff
Raised in Texas, I was taught to hold my hand over my heart when the flag was raised, to thank everyone in uniform, and to organize my life in this order; God, Country, Family. Even now, tears spring to my eyes in some sort of Pavlovian response when I hear Lee Greenwood warble, “I’m proud to […]
David Grann’s new book
Killers of the Flower Moon explores the 1920s murders of the Osage tribe, the making of the FBI, and is a reminder of the all too recent history of betrayals that comprise America’s dark heart. ...more
Tags: Andrew Jackson, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, David Grann, Dennis McAuliffe, Donald Trump, Flowers of the kIller Moon, genocide, Hoover, Indigenous, J. Edgar Hoover, journalism, kansas, Louis F. Burns, lyz lenz, Missouri, Mollie Burkhart, Native American, new yorker, North Dakota, obama, oil, oklahoma, Osage County, Osage Nation, Reign of Terror, research, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, tennessee, The Deaths of Sybil Bolton: An American History, Trump
That’s the real tangle of women’s labor; it’s too deeply ingrained to the way our lives work for us to properly strike from it. ...more
Tags: Eleanor Roosevelt, emotional labor, feminism, Frankenstein, Great Depression, hope, International Women's Day, It's Up to the Women, Jia Tolentino, lyz lenz, motherhood, parenting, Santa Clarita Diet, unpaid labor, Women's March, Women's Strike
I wouldn’t have volunteered at The Rumpus for the past three years, if I didn’t believe in the power of words. But words ring hollow if they are not met with action. Outrage tweets and Facebook posts mean noting if you don’t march, call, email, filibuster, stand, sit-in, demand, riot, challenge, and vote. Today, Roxane […]
Tags: activism, Arts Resistance, bad feminist, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Donald Trump, EPA, Flint water crisis, hunger, lyz lenz, Milo Yiannopoulos, National Parks, protest, Publishing, publishing industry, resistance, Roxane Gay, Simon and Schuster, Trump
Leland Cheuk discusses his novel
The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, dark humor, cancer, morally corrupt characters, and his mother. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Bad Santa, bone marrow transplant, cancer, Chinese, comedy, dark humor, Donald Trump, El Paso, family, Faulkner, gender, humor, illness, immigrant fiction, immigrants, immigration, interview, kingsley amis, Koba the Dread, Las Vegas, leland cheuk, Lesley University, lyz lenz, martin amis, MDS, mothers, mothers and sons, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, novel, race, salon, self-promotion, small press, stand up comedy, the misadventures of sulliver pong, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, The Sympathizer, the zone of interest, Viet Thanh Nguyen, writers of color, writing
Lyz Lenz reviews
How to Be a Person in the World by Heather Havrilesky today in Rumpus Books. ...more
There is a looming rift in science journalism. Also, a looming rift in journalism journalism. Letting the robots take over. Brains are not computers. Death, plutonium, and our nuclear history.
A fascinating analysis of the language of commencement speeches. How to save our digital history. Should the digital humanities even be a thing? Predictive modeling, criminals, and racial bias.
In a blow to nerdy librarians everywhere, The Toast is closing. And what does the closing of The Toast mean for online community? How social media changes the fame game. Archiving content on nickel plate. When websites manipulate you.
If Klingon is a living language then Latin sure as hell isn’t dead. “I think therefore I am,” but for animals. Solving history’s mysteries with poop. The Internet is ruining the planet in more ways than you think.