Features & Reviews

To Become A Kind Person Who Also Writes Books: Body Work by Melissa Febos

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The ethics of Body Work are not necessarily that we writers and lovers must achieve perfect consistency between our behaviors (shopping at Sephora) and our politics (beauty standards are harmful), or between our desires (to be rewarded, both intangibly and commercially, for our adherence to dominant culture) and our values (to resist that dominance).

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What to Read When You Want to Be a Bad Girl

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Ariel Delgado Dixon, author of DON’T SAY WE DIDN’T WARN YOU, shares a reading list for when you want to be a Bad Girl.

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The Everyday Practice of Art:The Loft Generation by Edith Schloss

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Her writing is quiet, perhaps even naive. But Schloss is enamored by the minutiae of her subjects, and the exactness and delicacy of her details ripple out like water. Trying to focus on one aspect of the book would be to let the entire thing go.

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Joy in Persistence: Siri Hustvedt on Writing and the Need for Adaptive Grandiosity

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Everyone, even the most tell-all writer, withholds something in the interests of protecting herself or others, but my interest in my own stories has always been to use them to illustrate larger stories about the culture . . .

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Eva Jurczyk

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The Rumpus Book Club chats with Eva Jurczyk about her debut novel, Department of Rare Books & Special Collections (Poisoned Pen Press, January 2022), and its structure, art capers, and more. This is an edited transcript of the book club discussion. To join the Rumpus Book Club, click here. Upcoming authors include Suzanne Roberts, Laura Stanfill, Yuvi […]

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A Devotee of the Interconnectedness of Time: A Conversation with Ariel Delgado Dixon

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“When I teach, my biggest hobby horse is specificity . . . Even boring people are specifically boring.”

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What to Read When Celebrating Black History

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Rumpus editors share a list of books to celebrate Black History Month!

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Revelation is Absurd: A Conversation with Adrian Nathan West

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…we live in a culture that’s at once euphemistic and profoundly hyperbolic, where people try as hard as possible to not actually be saying anything so that they can never be accused of holding any position. Whereas it’s important to me, to talk about what people really do, what they really feel.

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