James Hornor discusses his new novel, VICTORIA FALLS.
Tags: Africa, archetype, autofiction, bullying, Byronic hero, Christopher Beha, divorce, Don Quixote, Emma Irving, family, gender, gender inequality, gender norms, gender roles, gender stereotypes, Graham Greene, Hannah Gadsby, Harry Potter, James Hornor, marriage, masculinity, Moonlight, October Sky, race, Racism, relationships, religion, South Asia, Stranger Things, The Heart of the Matter, Thoreau, toxic masculinity, Victoria Falls, What Happened to Sophie Wilder
Sophia Shalmiyev discusses her debut memoir, MOTHER WINTER.
Tags: addiction, alcoholism, autofiction, code switching, daughters, female bodies, feminism, first book, God, hebrew, Jewish, judaism, Marguerite Duras, Marissa Korbel, memoir, Mother Winter, mothers, mothers and daughters, religion, riot grrrl, Russia, sex work, sexual trauma, Sophia Shalmiyev, Soviet Union, superstition, trauma
Tyrese Coleman discusses her debut memoir, HOW TO SIT.
Tags: autofiction, ava duvernay, beyonce, colorism, essay writing, first book, How to Sit, Kathy Fish, LaToya Jordan, Lemonade, Mason Jar Press, masturbation, memoir, Michelle Obama, Music, Open Book Award, Sex, sexual abuse, sexuality, Smokelong Quarterly, Toni Morrison, trauma, Tyrese Coleman, writers of color
Theresa Griffin Kennedy discusses her new story collection, BURNSIDE FIELD LIZARD.
Tags: #metoo, A Confederacy of Dunces, Abuse, autofiction, Brett Kavanaugh, Burnside Field Lizard, censorship, childhood molestation, Forest Avenue Press, Francine Raften, Gigi Little, J de Salvo, JD Chandler, John Kennedy Toole, Laura Stanfill, Madeline Bracken, memoir, misogyny, molestation, pornography, Portland, Racism, rape, Sex, sexism, sexual assault, sexual violence, shame, Talionic Night in Portland, Theresa Griffin Kennedy, Trump, violence against women, voyeurism, We Learned to Live in That Castle
“The leaps that fill in the gaps between ideas are the best thing about reading.”
Tags: autofiction, debut collection, editing, Giller Prize, humor, Jeff VanderMeer, Paige Cooper, revision, short fiction, short stories, Southern Reach trilogy, speculative fiction, story collection, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, writing process, Zolitude
“We need narrative patterns to understand reality.”
Tags: Alicia Kopf, And Other Stories, arctic, autism, autofiction, Brother in Ice, Captain Shackleton, catalan, courtney maum, education, explorers, family, first book, gender roles, Germà de Gel, hybrid genre, Iceland, Imma Ávalos Marqués, Mara Faye Lethem, mothers, mothers and daughters, pen name, Premi Llibreter, Reykjavik, siblings, spain, teaching, translation, travel writing, visual artist
Chris Kraus discusses her latest book,
After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography, writing about art under patriarchy, politics, and “the truth.” ...more
Tags: After Kathy Acker, Aliens and Anorexia, Art History, art world, autofiction, biography, Chris Kraus, cowboy, dirty literati, flaubert, gender inequality, Gossip, I Love Dick, Jeff Koons, Jonathan Myles, Katherine Cooper, Kathy Acker, new york school, patriarchy, Politics, Rebecca Carson, satire, Semiotexte, Sex, sexuality, social comedy
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
Laurie Stone discusses her story collection,
My Life as an Animal, writing about death, how the reader doesn’t care about you, and the Third Iago. ...more
Tags: alex dueben, André Glaz, audience, autofiction, Édouard Levé, comedy, death, Fresh Air, hybrid genre, Iago, julie hecht, Laughing in the Dark, Laurie Stone, lydia davis, short fiction, short stories, Sidney Poitier, Starting with Serge, The Defiant Ones, The Nation, the village voice, Tony Curtis, TriQuarterly, W.G. Sebald
Nicole Krauss discusses her new novel
Forest Dark, provoking questions about reality with her work, and trusting readers to think for themselves. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, alex dueben, autofiction, desert, faith, Forest Dark, Great House, History of Love, israel, Jewish, Joseph Brodsky, judaism, kafka, King David, marriage, Max Brod, motherhood, Negev, nicole krauss, On Writing, palestine, poetry, religion, research, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Tel Aviv, Yuval Harari
Karolina Ramqvist discusses
The White City, her first novel to be translated to English, and the idea of a writer’s persona out in the world versus a just being a writer, writing. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, autofiction, Breastfeeding, crime novels, criminal, female friendship, feminism, gender inequality, gender roles, Gustave Courbet, home, immigrants, journalism, Karolina Ramqvist, Margueritte Duras, Marie Darrieussecq, mickie meinhardt, motherhood, Netsuke, organized crime, research, Rikki Ducornet, Romania, Scandinavia, sequel, sisterhood, Social Media, Stockholm, Sweden, The Beginning of Everything, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girlfriend, The White City, twitter, women writers, worry
“Where does one draw the line when you as a person believe in progress, but as a writer feel like you need to focus on people who would challenge that, who would ask us to regress?”
Tags: Alex Cameron, Angel Olsen, Australia, autofiction, Brandon Flowers, Flavorwire, Forced Witness, george saunders, Jonathan Rado, Kirin J. Callinan, Kurt Vonnegut, Music, Roy Molloy, Secretly Canadian, toxic masculinity
If people cannot be captured, if “there are only erasures,” then might as well seek them in elisions, where their potential remains. ...more
Mila Jaroniec talks about her debut novel
Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover,” writing autofiction, the surprising similarity between selling sex toys and selling books, and the impact of having a baby on editing. ...more
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Autofiction is in these days. Discussing her first novel Fantasian at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins blog, Larissa Pham unpacks her perspective on inserting autobiographical elements into fiction: I knew that no matter what I wrote in my novella, given my history of truth-telling, there would be an implication that it was true. That it had happened. […]
Like every other year, in 2015 we wrestled with the knowledge of our constructed selves. But rather than eschew personhood as a postmodernist might, we considered just who we’ve been inventing: What do you write about when you no longer put stock in the idea—the narrative—that nature exists objectively and independently of our stories about […]
The death of the novel has been argued and rebutted and argued again. Drawing from David Shields‘s book of literary criticism, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, Alexander Nazaryan wonders whether the essay might do a better job: Reality Hunger argues that to survive, the novel must become less like itself, to just stop with the whole […]
For Flavorwire, Jonathon Sturgeon declares 2014 the year that the postmodern novel died and the year that autofiction—a “new class of memoiristic, autobiographical and metafictional novels”—rose to take its place.