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My grandmother, Frankie L. Baker, was born 72 years before me. ...more
Tags: Alzheimer's, Arkansas, Baptist, bipolar, childhood, Comics, Elliot Yoakum, grandmother, grandmothers, grandparents, hotcakes, inherited trauma, memories, mental illness, Spotlight
Patricia Spears Jones discusses her body of work, the future of poetry, and more.
Tags: A Lucent Fire, American Dream, Amma Birch, Arkansas, Ashbery, Blazing Saddles, Brooklyn, capitalism, Cathy Park Hong, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, class inequality, community, COVID-19, Destry Rides Again, Femme du Monde, friendship, gender inequality, George Floyd, gertrude stein, ghosts, Ilya Kaminsky, June Jordan, Kevin Young, Mel Brooks, Muriel Rukeyser, ntozake shange, Ordinary Women: Poems of New York City Women, Painkiller, pandemic, Patricia Spears jones, poems, poetry, Politics, polyvocality, Reparations, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, The Weather That Kills, violence against women, Whitman, Willie Birch, women writers
I’m not writing confessionals; I’m trying to write hooks. ...more
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Are my choices in this culture so firmly dictated by my ability to give birth? ...more
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Paul Crenshaw discusses his debut essay collection, THIS ONE WILL HURT YOU.
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Angela Mitchell discusses her debut collection, UNNATURAL HABITATS & OTHER STORIES.
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A reading list to celebrate the publication of WHAT’S INSIDE? by Anita Davis.
Tags: Accidental Icon, Advanced Style, Anita Davis, Ari Seth Cohen, Arkansas, Closet Cases, Drag Queens of the South, Eleri Lynn, Erin Wood, ESSE Purse Museum, ESSE Purse Museum & Store, Et Alia Press, fashion, Generation Wealth, Handbags: What Every Woman Should Know, heidi julavits, History of Women’s Fashion, Ilan Schraer, In the Bag, Iris Apfel, Kasten Searles, Lauren Greenfield, Leanne Shapton, Little Rock, Megan Volpert, Natasha Slee, Samuele Mazza, Sanna Mander, Sheila Heti, Stephanie Pedersen, Underwear: Fashion in Detail, What to Read When, What’s Inside? A Century of Women and Purses, Women in Clothes, women's fashion
Perhaps space is an inevitable resting place for music of this kind, because time is completely different when conceived of in the vastness of space, and not only because of relativity. ...more
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[Still photos] grab what otherwise might feel too foreign to understand. ...more
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The summer after Bruce Snow graduated from the University of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina arrived in his hometown.
Tags: 1 Dead in Attic, A Rumpus Interview, Arkansas, Arkansas River, Bruce Snow, Can Everybody Swim, Chris Rose, climate change, Donald Trump, Erica Berry, Erin Wood, Et Alia Press, flood, florida, Katrina, Kurt Vonnegut, Little Rock, New Orleans, Paris Accord, Superdome, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project
Erika Carter’s debut novel Lucky You tells the story of three young women in their early twenties who leave their waitressing jobs in an Arkansas college town to embark on a year off grid in the Ozark Mountains. In a remote house, without a washing machine or cell phone reception, Ellie, Chloe, and Rachel grapple […]
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One story mirrors our identity—any of us could be falsely accused! The other tale is about the Other—because it’s unfathomable that one of us would commit murder. We aren’t killers; they are. ...more
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“Song of the Gourd” is like an eye roll at this sort of gusto about leaving the Southland. ...more
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Lucy Jane Bledsoe discusses her latest book,
A Thin Bright Line, uncovering the remarkable story of her aunt, and illuminating history through the lens of imagination. ...more
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The thing I want to talk about is something I’m not in possession of anymore, but of all the things I’ve lost it’s the thing I think about the most. ...more
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Jonathan Van Ness discusses his podcast,
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, fierceness, curiosity, and hairstyles. ...more
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Emma Sanders and Alina Pleskova charm us with their affection for each other, DIY ethos, and belief on
Poetry Jawns, what matters is the work. ...more
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Garrard Conley, author of the new memoir
Boy Erased, discusses growing up in the deep South, mothers, writing for change, and political delusions. ...more
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I got to thinking about home. What the fuck is home anyway? ...more
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In the first installment of our new column all about podcasts, we talk with Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy of
Oh No, Ross and Carrie!. ...more
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Helen Ellis talks about making a literary comeback with her new story collection
American Housewife, subverting expectations, and the joys of gossip. ...more
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Refusing to be tragic, and eventually, within the deep lost, the deepest I’ve known, comes rebirth. ...more
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While we wait for his partner, George teaches us some U.S. history. How the “Indians weren’t doing much with their land anyway” and that today’s rednecks and hillbillies are the descendants of prisoners dumped here to be the newfound nation’s foot soldiers. The “first gun-grab” was when the Brits came to seize guns from the […]