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A Very Queer Book: Talking with Carter Sickels

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Carter Sickels discusses his new novel, THE PRETTIEST STAR.

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Tripping the Ekphrastic Fantastic: Talking with Miah Jeffra

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Miah Jeffra discusses their new book, THE FABULOUS EKPHRASTIC FANTASTIC!.

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Silence Is the Fertile Field: Talking with Fenton Johnson

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Fenton Johnson discusses his new book, AT THE CENTER OF ALL BEAUTY.

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Marital Piss

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My body tightened as the knee-jerk worry of being seen and outed flooded back.

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That Constant Movement: A Conversation with Luis Othoniel Rosa

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Luis Othoniel Rosa discusses his novel, DOWN WITH GARGAMEL!.

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Larger Than Life: Talking with Alia Volz

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Alia Volz discusses her debut memoir, HOME BAKED.

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Love and Loss in the Time of Pandemics: Talking with Paul Lisicky

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Paul Lisicky discusses his new memoir, LATER: MY LIFE AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #212: Mark Bibbins

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“I had thought of the title as a placeholder, but it ended up hanging around.”

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Paul Lisicky

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Paul Lisicky discusses his new memoir, LATER: MY LIFE AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.

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Diner Boys

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But then, full of longing to be someone other than I was, his work seemed perfect.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #165: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

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“The opposite of nostalgia is truth.”

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The Inadvertent Postmodernist: A Conversation with Sarah Schulman

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Author and activist Sarah Schulman discusses her forthcoming novel, MAGGIE TERRY.

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Lessons from a Life: Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

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[T]he effect of reading Chee’s essays is to be reminded of why we write, but also, why we read, even in these times of never-ending distress.

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The Real People: A Conversation with Rebecca Makkai

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Rebecca Makkai discusses her forthcoming third novel, The Great Believers, how she arrived at the book’s structure, and the story and its characters.

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Like Juggling Knives: Talking with Rumaan Alam

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Rumaan Alam discusses his new novel, That Kind of Mother, the limits of the employer-employee relationship, and the grossness of heterosexual sex.

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Moving Toward Answers: A Conversation with Stephen Mills

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Poet Stephen Mills discusses his first two collections, He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices and A History of the Unmarried, teaching writing, and what’s next.

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A Life of Words: A Conversation with Chip Livingston

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Chip Livingston discusses his new novel, Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death, his move to Uruguay, his writing life, and the significance of owls.

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A Deeply Human Act: Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

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What is so extraordinary about this collection is its lyricism, its humanity, and its urgency.

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Death, Satan, and Cats: A Conversation with Rabih Alameddine

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Rabih Alameddine discusses his newest novel, The Angel of History, surviving the AIDS epidemic, and the role of religion in his life and writing.

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The Gate of Permission: A Conversation with Victoria Redel

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Victoria Redel discusses her newest novel, Before Everything, living through and beyond grief, and why she loves secrets.

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Just Chaste Me

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The more first-time stories I heard, the longer I was willing to wait.

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #25: Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a Success?

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In America, everybody, it seems, wants to be a success. Me, too. Recently, I confided to a family member that sometimes, in moments of deep despair (fortunately they are fairly uncommon), I find myself contemplating suicide as the most sensible retirement plan. The road ahead, paved with potholes and poverty, sometimes doesn’t look all that […]

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The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #21: Not Yesterday’s Demonstrations

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1972: War was waging in Vietnam and kids were coming home in boxes. Hippes and yippies went clean for Gene McCarthy, but George McGovern won the democratic nomination. Tricky Dick Nixon was the one for the Republicans and the so-called Silent Majority. I was a sixteen-year-old runaway revolutionary of peace and love, living in a commune, […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Naomi Jackson

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Naomi Jackson discusses her debut novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill, how she approached writing about mental illness and its affects on a family, and choosing to to tell a story from multiple perspectives.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: I Died of Dysentery

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The glorious ways we fifth graders died in Mr. Mosher’s computer class. We strove to die in the most imaginable permutations possible.

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This Week In Indie Bookstores

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A New Paltz, New York bookstore with an anti-Trump sign is fighting a ban against it. An Egyptian bookstore has a “scream room” where customers can scream as loudly as they like. With the Gilmore Girls revival only a month a way, there’s a hypothesis that Jess might own a Stars Hollow Bookstore. Christian bookstore chain […]

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