Rumpus Originals

From the Archives: Voices on Addiction: None of This Is Bullshit

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I was fine. No one and nothing could hurt me.

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From the Archives: Rumpus Original Fiction: Emergency Lifeboats: 24 (12 on Each Side)

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“What’s a six-letter word for ignoring truth,” she might say, without looking up from the puzzle.

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A Conversation with Daisuke Shen and Vi Khi Nao About their Collaborative Novella, Funeral

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Writing started feeling interesting again, like it was worth it after all, and not just a boring thing that ate ham sandwiches on white bread for every meal and whose favorite book from last year was [Redacted] by [Famous author], which remained on the NYT Bestsellers List for what felt like forever.

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Another Oracle: Lynn Xu’s Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Light

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Almost ten years have passed since Lynn Xu’s debut, the luminous Debts & Lessons, introduced us to her oracle. “Let it not be for what you write, the world / I mean,” opens one of the collection’s signature center-justified poems, redeemed from any elitist snark about the form’s limitations. That collection’s first poem, “Say You […]

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The Most-Read Essays of 2022

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Essays are all about reflection, and we thought we’d kick off 2023 with a look at the most-read pieces of last year. It can sometimes feel like hours (years) of hard work disappear into the maw of our short attention spans, and these lists serve as important reminders of the work.  — The Eds. *** #1 […]

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