Ottessa Moshfegh discusses her new novel, MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION.
Tags: 9/11, American Media, death, Eileen, Homesick for Another World, insomnia, journalism, los angeles, Maria Anderson, mcglue, morality, mothers and daughters, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh, sleep, trauma, writing process
Ryka Aoki discusses her second novel, LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS.
Tags: 9/11, AIDS, AIDS crisis, AIDS epidemic, aliens, anti-Asian, Asian American, capitalism, COVID, COVID-19, Douglas Adams, Galaxy Quest, genre, genre fiction, LGBTQ, Light from Uncommon stars, Maylin Tu, Monty Python, musician, musicians, pandemic, patriarchy, queer, queer family, queerness, romance, Ryka Aoki, San Gabriel Valley, sci-fi, science fiction, sex work, space opera, Tor Books, trans, transgender, transwomen, trauma, trauma porn, violin
A weekly roundup of essays we’re reading online!
Tags: 9/11, abusive relationship, Annabelle Tometich, catapult, drug abuse, Eaton Hamilton, Guernica, Hannah Smothers, Hippocampus, Kayla Eason, Max Holleran, mental illness, mothers, Places Journal, Samuel Holleran, Swimming, This Week in Essays, toxic masculinity
S. Kirk Walsh discusses her debut novel, THE ELEPHANT OF BELFAST.
Tags: 9/11, animals, Austin, Austin Bat Cave, Belfast, Belfast Blitz, Belfast Zoo, Brian Barton, collective trauma, convent, Counterpoint Press, COVID, COVID-19, debut novel, Denise Austin, depression, Dick Foster, dominic smith, EL Doctorow, elephants, grief, historical fiction, Ireland, John McNeel, Karen Olsson, mental illness, Mona Simpson, mothers, mothers and daughters, nuns, pandemic, Peter Carey, Raymond Robinson, S Kirk Walsh, September 11, Shannon Perri, teaching, teaching writing, Texas, The Elephant of Belfast, war writing, World War II, WWII
Theodore Wheeler discusses his new novel, IN OUR OTHER LIVES.
Tags: 9/11, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Anna Seghers, Bad Faith, Conor Oberst, Edward Snowden, historical fiction, In Our Other Lives, Internet, Jenny Lewis, Kings of Broken Things, Maria Taylor, marriage, Midwest, Midwestern, Nebraska, NSA, Omaha, patrick modiano, perspective, point of view, Ryan Borchers, saddle creek, September 11, September 11th, Simon Joyner, Speculations about Jakob, spying, state surveillance, Stephanie Delman, surveillance, Theodore Wheeler, Tillie Olsen, Tim Kasher, Uwe Johnson, willa cather
But perhaps it is our want for firm ground that Bolina is challenging. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Barthes, Bolina Doaba, book review, Claudia Rankine, desi, essay writing, essays, Gujarati, Hindi, Hindu, identity, Jaswinder Bolina, muslim, Of Color, Pakistani, philosophy, poetry, prejudice, privilege, Punjab, Punjabi, Racism, review, Sarah Haas, September 11, systemic inequality, systemic racism, Urdu, whiteness
It’s hard to see what isn’t there. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Barbie Zelizer, camera, COVID-19, Erving Goffman, female bodies, femininity, feminism, gender inequality, gender roles, Gladys Engel Lang, husbands and wives, James Elkins, John Berger, journalism, Kurt Lang, Marita Sturken, marriage, motherhood, Nancy Hiemstra, pandemic, parenting, Paul Frosh, photograph, photographer, photographs, photography, pregnancy, pregnant, Rachel Somerstein, representation, stock photos, Tourists of History, women's bodies
Rebecca McClanahan discusses her new memoir-in-essays, IN THE KEY OF NEW YORK CITY.
Tags: 9/11, A.R. Ammons, audre lorde, autofiction, cancer, COVID-19, Daniel Lehman, Denise Levertov, essay writing, essays, flash, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, George Garrett, In the Key of New York City, Julie Marie Wade, memoir, memoir-in-essays, Michael Steinberg, new york, New York City, nonfiction, pandemic, poems, poetry, Rebecca McClanahan, Red Hen Press, revising, Revisions, River Teeth, Robert Root, The Fourth Genre, The Tribal Knot, Word Painting
All anyone really wants is to be seen and heard, and yet we avoid seeing and hearing others every day. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 9/11, 90s, A Woman a Plan an Outline of a Man, abortion, Abuse, abusive relationship, adolescence, american politics, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, book excerpt, childhood, college, domestic battery, domestic violence, Donald Trump, Dreams from My Father, drug use, drugs, election, elections, exclusive excerpt, Facebook, fathers, fathers and daughters, George W. Bush, misogyny, obama, Politics, Pot, privilege, PTSD, reproductive rights, Rumpus exclusive, Sarah Kasbeer, September 11, shame, stalking, teenagers, University of Illinois, violence against women, weed, Zone 3
Ramiza Shamoun Koya discusses her debut novel, THE ROYAL ABDULS.
Tags: 9/11, academia, Alex Behr, anxiety, Brooklyn, cancer, control, cultural anthropology, debut novel, Donald Trump, family, fiji, fire, Forest Avenue Press, george saunders, hate crimes, ice, immigrant, immigrants, India, Indian, intergenerational trauma, Islamophobia, leland cheuk, macdowell, MFA, muslim, Muslim American, new york, Oregon, Portland, prejudice, Racism, Ramiza Koya, scapegoating, Sex, sex scene, The Royal Abduls, Trump
Dishonesty became a form of protection. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Abu Ghraib, adolescence, Afghan, Afghanistan, Ali Shallal al-Qaisi, Amit Rai, ani difranco, Australia, Bobuq Sayed, Brian Massumi, Christchurch, christopher hitchens, coming out, Diaspora, Dina Nayeri, ethnic cleansing, Gayatri Spivak, high school, homosexuality, identity, immigrants, immigration, Islam, Islamophobia, Jasbir Puar, LGBTQ, masculinity, middle east, middle eastern, muslim, Myanmar, on monsters, Osama Bin Laden, paranoia, Perth, queer, queerness, Racism, refugees, religion, Saddam Hussein, school newspaper, September 11, shame, stereotypes, teenagers, Terrorism, terrorist, War on Terror
“I wanted it to feel like it was done with urgency because it was.”
Tags: 9/11, Alexander Chee, Donald Trump, East Indian, election 2016, family, Good Talk, graphic memoir, memoir, michael jackson, Mira Jacob, motherhood, mothers, mothers and sons, New Mexico, One World, parenting, photography, Politics, publishing industry, Racism, Ryan Chapman, Social Media, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
How is one to make sense of making catastrophe and making love in the same moment? ...more
Tags: 9/11, Adam Zagajewski, book review, Charming Gardeners, Christian Anton Gerard, David Biespiel, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Hiroshima, Literary Citizenship, mark strand, poetry, Republic Café, September 11, Threepenny Review, University of Washington Press, Walt Whitman
Huda Al-Marashi discusses her new memoir, FIRST COMES MARRIAGE.
Tags: 9/11, Arab, arranged marriage, Azadeh Moaveni, azar nafisi, Diana Abu-Jaber, Elmaz Abinader, Esmeralda Santiago, family, Fay Afaf Kanafani, First Comes Marriage, Hanan al-Shaykh, heritage, Huda Al-Marashi, immigrants, immigration, Iraq War, Jasmin Darznik, Jennifer Marie Donahue, love, Marjane Satrapi, marriage, Maxine Hong Kingston, Maya Angelou, memoir, muslim, relationships, sexuality, stereotypes, Tara Bahrampour, traditions, tropes
Does America like me? Do I like her? What is America actually like? ...more
Tags: 9/11, America, American Dream, American Teen, God Bless the USA, Khalid, Lee Greenwood, Music, patriotism, Politics, Shay Alexi
Rumaan Alam discusses his new novel,
That Kind of Mother, the limits of the employer-employee relationship, and the grossness of heterosexual sex. ...more
Tags: 9/11, AIDS, Alice Quinn, Anne Carson, autofiction, Cat's Eye, childbirth, Delmore Schwartz, Dialogue, elon green, employee, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, fear, female bodies, Fred Wilson, Hannah and Her Sisters, heterosexual sex, Humboldt's Gift, Jonathan Safran Foer, Margaret Atwood, marriage, mothering 2018, Mothering Outside the Margins, mothers, poetry, Poets, pregnancy, race, Racism, Rich and Pretty, Rumaan Alam, samantha hunt, saul bellow, September 11, That Kind of Mother, tropes, unlikeable characters, women's bodies, workplace
Tarfia Faizullah discusses her new collection,
Registers of Illuminated Villages, mystery stories, the nature of evil, and mourning pages. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Alejandra Pizarnik, Bangladesh, Book Club, brian spears, Encyclopedia Brown, evil, Extracting the Stone of Madness, hardy boys, Jeffrey Pethybridge, Kanan Makiya, Kate Chopin, Nancy Drew, Nils-Aslak Valkeapaa, poetry, poetry book club, rape, Registers of Illuminated Villages, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Seam, September 11, Sherlock Holmes, Striven The Bright Treatise, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tarfia Faizullah, The Awakening, Tommye Blount, translation, trauma, Trekways of the Wind
The rules of a more even world might call into question those of us who knew that we deserved better but could not match this knowledge with unambiguous demands. ...more
Tags: 9/11, adolescence, And Justice for All, Apu, aziz ansari, bigotry, femininity, gender roles, Indian, masculinity, race, Racism, September 11, sexual harassment, The Simpsons
Traumatized by dramatic, often violent change, American men become sleepwalkers precisely in order to flee the anxieties and responsibilities of life in democratic America. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Billy Pilgrim, Charles Brockden Brown, David Anthony, Donald Trump, Edgar Huntly or the Sleepwalker, George W. Bush, HBO, Kevin Garvey, Kim Jong-Un, Kurt Vonnegut, Leslie Fiedler, North Korea, Politics, Rip Van Winkle, September 11, Slaughterhouse Five, sleepwalking, suicide, television, The Leftovers, Tom Perrott, Trump, Vladimir Putin, washington irving, World War II, WWII
[I]n Johnson’s whole protean oeuvre, more than any pair of books, Jesus’ Son and The Largesse of the Sea Maiden are like binary stars, locked in orbit, distinct but inseparable, each throwing its light upon the other. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Angels, Christianity, death, Denis Johnson, Fiskadoro, Fuckhead, Heart of Darkness, jesus son, joseph conrad, Kevin Zambrano, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, short stories, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, The Laughing Monsters, Train Dreams, Tree of Smoke, Twin Towers, Wallace Stevens
Haroon Moghul discusses
How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, his own religious journey, and the blessings that come with being an outsider. ...more
Tags: 9/11, abu dhabi, bipolar, catholicism, Christianity, Haroon Moghul, How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, immigrants, immigration, Islam, Kelly Thompson, Mental Health, mental illness, middle east, Muhammad, muslim, NYU, religion, September 11, sexuality, Social Media, Star Trek, suicidal ideation, technology
Actor and painter Burt Young talks filmmaking, art, and the years he spent living on a sixty-three-foot yacht.
Tags: 9/11, A Rumpus Interview, Art, Burt Young, Chinatown, elon green, Goodbyes are Hard to Do, Guy LaMotta, Joan Didion, Law & Order, Lee Strasberg, Long Beach, Long Island, Manhattan, Mohammed Ali, painting, Port Washington, Ride the High Country, Robert Aldrich, Robert Chartoff, Rocky, Sam Peckinpah, Sylvester Stallone
I scrolled through photos of my neighborhood—live oak trees half-buried in churning brown water, white caps licking street signs, the coffee shop, the running trails, all submerged. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Cameron Dezen Hammon, Corpus Christi, Dallas, disaster, flood, Harvey, Houston, Houston Flood 2017, Hunter S. Thompson, Hurricane Harvey, Neil Frank, September 11, Texas
Maybe I was only in the eighth grade, but I was ready to stand up to anyone who tried to threaten the ideal of intellectual freedom. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 9/11, adolescence, al gore, American Library Association, Blink-182, Carla Hayden, censorship, democracy, Dr. Seuss, Enema of the State, first amendment, First Amendment Rights, freedom, Gay Marriage, gender inequality, Geocities, George W. Bush, global warming, homophobia, Iraq War, john ashcroft, LGBTQ, libraries, Library Bill of Rights, Library of Congress, marriage equality, nineties, oberlin college, PATRIOT Act, patriotism, Portland, public libraries, queer, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Sex, sexuality, Smut, Stephen King, tarot, teenagers, The Anarchist’s Cookbook, The Babysitters Club, Wicca, Zoe Fisher
There is no singular Muslim story, no definitive identity for the entire religion. […] Here, four women discuss what it’s like to be a minority in America in 2017, post-9/11 and post-Trump. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Abuse, Ahmedabad, Arab, arab-american, Brooklyn, California, catholicism, depression, Donald Trump, dubai, Egypt, election 2016, fear, Gulf War, India, Iraq, Iraq War, Islam, Islamophobia, japanese internment, jihad, Katy Joseph, Kuwait, LGBTQ, mental illness, misogyny, muslim, Muslim American, My So-Called Life, New York City, Oklahoma City bombing, Pakistan, Park51, patriotism, Politics, Racism, Ramadan, reclaiming patriotism 2017, registry, religion, safety, Saudi Arabia, September 11th, Shia, starbucks, The Square, Trump, war, Women's March, World Trade Center, World War II
Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Chris Tusa’s second novel, In the City of Falling Stars (Livingston Press, September 2016), tells a tale of paranoia and intrigue. Maurice Delahoussaye witnesses dead birds falling from the sky, and becomes convinced the air is toxic. With equal parts humor and depravity, the novel chronicles a fractured family amidst a […]
Tags: 1984, 9/11, A Clockwork Orange, audience, Books, Catcher in the Rye, Choke, Chris Tusa, Cuckoo’s Nest, dark humor, Dirty Little Angels, family, family dysfunction, genre, hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, In The City of Falling Stars, Katrina, Mental Health, mental illness, mini interview, natural disaster, New Orleans, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rosemary's Baby, Steven Petite, The Handmaid's Tale, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, writing
Poet Erik Kennedy discusses literary community and his formative years as a young writer in New Jersey, and shares two new prose poems.
Tags: 9/11, Adam Fitzgerald, Alex Dimitrov, Alicia Ostriker, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman, Anselm Berrigan, Ashleigh Young, Australia, Billy Collins, Black Mountain, Cape May, Claire Henderson, Denise Duhamel, diversity, Doc Drumheller, Douglas Piccinnini, Eleanor Catton, Erik Kennedy, expats, form, germany, grad school, jack kerouac, James Norcliffe, John McPhee, joyce carol oates, Junot Diaz, Justin Woo, Kerrin P. Sharpe, language, lit mag, literary magazine, Lois Marie Harrod, mark strand, Mayhem Poets, Māori, Melissa Wyse, MFA, Miguel Algarín, Munich, New Brunswick, New Jersey, new york, New Zealand, Nuyorican Café, nuyorican poet's cafe, NYC vs. MFA, Objet d’Art, On the Road, Pacific Northwest, patrick rosal, paul auster, Paul Muldoon, Princeton, Queen Mob's Teahouse, R A Villanueva, Reid Bingham, Rita Banerjee, Rita Dove, robert hass, Robert Pinsky, rutgers, Rutgers University, Seattle, slam poetry, Steven Toussaint, Suman Sridhar, The Anthologist, UK, Verbal Mayhem, Wildwood, William Carlos Williams, Yusef Komunyakaa
Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from […]
Tags: 9/11, American Dream, Braddock Avenue Books, Friendly's, Geeta Kothari, globalization, I Brake for Moose, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories, identity, immigrants, Kenyon Review, Lee K. Abbott, September 11th, This Week in Books
Micah Perks talks about her new novel,
What Becomes Us, America’s cultural and mythical heritage, and why every novel is a political novel. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Abuse, Alice Walker, birth, California, Carolyn Chute, childbirth, colonialism, Dickinson, domestic abuse, domestic violence, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth McKenzie, ERA, feminism, fetus, fiction, immigrants, Iraq War, Karen Yamashita, Louise Erdrich, Mary Rowlandson, Melville, Micah Perks, Molly Antopol, motherhood, myth, narrative, novel, Pagan Time, parenting, pregnancy, richard hughes, rural life, Russell Banks, second-wave feminism, Susan Faludi, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, The Terror Dream, Toni Morrison, Twain, Twins, United States, voice, We Are Gathered Here, What Becomes Us, Whitman, writing
Imbolo Mbue discusses her debut novel
Behold the Dreamers, teaching herself how to write a novel, and the price of the American Dream. ...more
Tags: 'Tis, 9/11, A Rumpus Interview, Africa, American Dream, Angela's Ashes, Behold the Dreamers, Camaroon, Cameroon, chauffers, chauffeur, Columbia, debut novel, debut novelist, Dickens, economic collapse, economy, Enron, Families, first book, Frank McCourt, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Imbolo Mbue, immigrants, immigration, jhumpa lahiri, Joan Didion, Junot Diaz, kazuo ishiguro, Lehman Brothers, marriage, New York City, Nina Moog, recession, San Francisco, Shakespeare, Teacher Man, Terrorism, Wall Street, wealth, writing process