Cyclical patterns of journalism notwithstanding, Gladstone sees this moment as uniquely concerning. ...more
Tags: accountability, Amanda Gorman, American history, American Media, american politics, Barack Obama, book review, Brooke Gladstone, clickbait, comic book, Comics, Donald Trump, fake news, graphic novel, history, Internet, Josh Neufeld, journalism, journalistic ethics, Lily Houston Smith, Media, media bias, obama, On the Media, Politics, review, Social Media, technology, the influencing machine, thomas jefferson, Trump, Victor Tausk
The hit below the belt worked. A jab like that was the quickest way to protect one’s denial. ...more
Tags: animals, Barack Obama, class inequality, costa rica, DC, Dominical, drug addiction, drugs, expat, expats, fbi, fugitives, horse ranch, Horses, husbands and wives, immigration, John Manuel Arias, marriage, obama, Puntarenas, Racism, ranchers, ranching, Rumpus Original Fiction, San José, short fiction, short story, tourism, tourists, Washington DC
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
The survivor is left to ponder whom he has become. ...more
Tags: adam p. frankel, affair, anti-semitism, Barack Obama, book review, Borderline Personality Disorder, concentration camps, Dachau, depression, diane gottlieb, Elie Wiesel, family, family history, family secret, Felix Mendelssohn, generational trauma, germany, grandparents, hereditary trauma, historical trauma, Holocaust, identity, intergenerational trauma, Jewish, Karl Marx, Martin Buber, Mental Health, mental illness, Michalishek, mothers, mothers and sons, Nazi Germany, nazis, Night, obama, psychology, PTSD, Rachel Yehuda, review, secrets, Stutthof, Ted Sorenson, the survivors, trauma, World War II, WWII, Yael Danieli
Howard Axelrod discusses his new book, THE STARS IN OUR POCKETS.
Tags: Amy Danzer, attention span, Barack Obama, big data, capitalism, climate change, creative nonfiction, crime and punishment, Curiosity, Czeslaw Milosz, data, David Foster Wallace, digital age, empathy, Facebook, genre, Gerald Edelman, google, Henry Thoreau, Howard Axelrod, identity, kafka, Leslie Jamison, Maggie Nelson, Marilynne Robinson, mary gaitskill, Mary Oliver, nature, Olivia Laing, Rebecca Solnit, smartphones, Social Media, technocapitalism, technology, The Argonauts, The Faraway Nearby, The Lonely City, the natural world, The Recovering, The Stars in Our Pockets, William James
“I guess you could say that engineering paved the road to poetry for me, pardon the pun.”
Tags: Academy of American Poets, American Dream, Barack Obama, City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, gay, How to Love a Country, immigration, LGBTQ, Looking for the Gulf Motel, Padma Venkatraman, poetry, Politics, Pulse Nightclub, queer, Richard Blanco, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams
One person’s freedom to do anything they want can mean the absolute negation of another’s freedom. ...more
Tags: Allan Savory, American West., Ammon Bundy, Barack Obama, black lives matter, Branch Davidian, Carol Bundy, Cliven Bundy, cowboys, David Koresh, Donald Trump, farmers, farming, freedom of religion, frontier, Gisele Lamarre, Granger Laws, guns, Hammonds, Harney County, John Wayne, Katherine Cramer, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Malheur Wildlife Refuge, Michele Fiore, militia, mormons, Nevada, Nora Brooks, Oklahoma City bombing, Operation Mutual Aid, Oregon, Politics, Portland, Racism, ranchers, Rand Paul, Robert Finicum, Ryan Payne, Ted Cruz, Terrorism, Timothy McVeigh, Trump, violence, Waco, Waco: Rules of Engagement, Who Shot Liberty Valance?
Zinzi Clemmons on
What We Lose, representations of blackness, and life’s influences on writing. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Adrienne Rich, Alessandro Spina, Apogee Journal, Audre Lord, Barack Obama, Black Skin White Masks, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, death, Disney, Donald Trump, fairy tales, family, Finding Nemo, Frantz Fanon, grief, Hillary Clinton, hip-hop, identity, Jaime Herndon, memory, obama, Of Woman Born, Orphans, Politics, rappers, the bluest eye, The Cancer Journals, The Confines of the Shadow, Toni Morrison, trauma, Trump, What We Lose, Women Writers of Color, writers of color, Zinzi Clemmons
A list of picture books to create meaningful conversations with kids about the way America is now and the ways we hope to make it better.
Tags: Alexandra Boiger, Amanda Mayer Stinchecum, Andrea Beaty, Anna Kang, Barack Obama, bell hooks, Blueberry Girl, Charles Vess, Chelsea Clinton, children's literature, Christopher Weyant, Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, David Roberts, Debbie Levy, Doreen Cronin, Dr. Seuss, Duncan Tonatiuh, Elizabeth Baddeley, Everyone Poops, I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark, It's Okay to Be Different, Kelly DiPucchio, Loren Long, maurice sendak, Michael Martchenko, Mighty Mighty Construction Site, Mo Willems, Munro Leaf, Neil Gaiman, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, Paper Bag Princess, Randall Jarrell, reading recommendations, Robert Lawson, Robert Munsch, Rosie Revere Engineer, Separate is Never Equal, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, Sherri Duskey Rinker, Should I Share My Ice Cream?, Skin Again, Stephanie Graegin, Super Manny Stands Up, Taro Gomi, The Animal Family, The Lorax, The Story of Ferdinand, Todd Parr, Tom Lichtenheld, What to Read When, Yertle the Turtle, You Are Not Small
Anne Helen Peterson discusses her new book,
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, her writing process, and academia. ...more
Tags: Abby Wombach, Anne Helen Petersen, Barack Obama, Broad City, BuzzFeed, Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, election 2016, Elizabeth Warren, fat, female bodies, female body, femininity, feminism, gender, gender roles, Glennon Doyle, graduate school, hegemony, Hillary Clinton, Hollywood, Ivanka Trump, Janet Mock, Jen Hatmaker, Jennifer Lawrence, journalism, Kamala Harris, Kathleen Rowe, Kim Kardashian, Lemonade, Leslie Jones, masculinity, May West, Melissa McCarthy, misogyny, Missoula, Montana, overweight, Planned Parenthood, Politics, rachel vorona cote, Racism, researching, Rihanna, Roseanne Barr, Sady Doyle, Scandals of Classic Hollywood, Scrivener, sexism, Shonda Rhime, social justice, teaching, The Hairpin, The Unruly Woman, Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud, Trainwreck, Trump, weight
It is unlikely I will see the US justice system evolve toward an egalitarian ideal in my lifetime. But Whose Streets? does offer a clearly visible North Star. ...more
Tags: 13th, Abbie Hoffman, activism, Alexis Templeton, American Revolution, american south, anti-miscegenation laws, Argun Ulgen, ava duvernay, Barack Obama, Brittany Ferrell, Brown v. Board of Education, civil rights, COLIN KAEPERNICK, Damon Davis, documentary, Donald Trump, Dorothy Counts, ferguson, Film, george orwell, Hidden Figures, Hollywood, human rights, I Am Not Your Negro, institutional racism, interracial relationships, James Baldwin, Janelle Monae, Jeff Nichols, Katherine Johnson, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Lev Tolstoy, Loving, michael brown, Notes of a Native Son, obama, Octavia Spencer, OJ: Made in America, patriotism, Paul Stafford, Plessy v. Ferguson, police brutality, police violence, Protests, Racism, Raoul Peck, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Revolutionary Love, Sabaah Folayan, Samuel L. Jackson, segregation, slavery, Supreme Court, Taraji Henson, The Devil Finds Work, The Night Of, Trump, Whose Streets?
Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his debut nonfiction book
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, how the activist space has changed in recent years, and who he is writing for. ...more
Tags: Abigail Bereola, activism, angela davis, anxiety, audre lorde, Barack Obama, bell hooks, Between the World and Me, black lives matter, coming of age, Dave Chappelle, death, depression, Donald Trump, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and sons, feminism, feminist, Feministing, Got the Whole World Watching, grief, homophobia, Invisible Man, James Baldwin, Jay-Z, Jena Six, kanye west, Killing Rage, loss, Malcolm X, Mental Health, mental illness, Mychal Denzel Smith, Notes of a Native Son, patriarchy, Politics, Racism, student loans, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Nation, Trayvon Martin, Trump, violence, Walton Muyumba, White Supremacy
Journalist and environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses whether our environmental crisis can be improved under our new political administration, climate change denial, and manifestations of resistance.
Tags: 350.org, 45, activism, activist, Australia, Barack Obama, Bill McKibben, canada, climate change, climate change denial, Climate March on Washington, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Donald Trump, Earth, election 2016, environment, environmental crisis, Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalism, EPA, fossil fuel, George H. W. Bush, global warming, Hillary Clinton, journalism, Justin Trudeau, Keystone XL Pipeline, Koch brothers, Middlebury College, oil, oil industry, Paris Accord, Rex Tillerson, Scott Pruitt, Suzanne Koven, The Big Idea, The Rumpus Interview, tobacco industry
Using dramatic monologue, Smith unmasks the skinhead’s anger to fend off threats to his way of life. ...more
Tags: 21 Poems That Shaped America, anti-semitism, Aryan Fest, Barack Obama, Brian Schaffner, Brown vs. Board of Education, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Donald Trump, hitler, Holocaust, jim crow, John Birch Society, John Metzger, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Matthew MacWilliams, Midwest, Mulugeta Seraw, Nixon, Patricia Smith, poems, poetry, Politics, populism, Racism, Richard Hofstader, sexism, skinheads, Tatishe Nteta, Texas, Tom Metzger, Trump, Voting Rights Act, White Aryan Resistance, white supremacists, White Supremacy, Zionist Occupied Government, ZOG
I need to feel that I can be a woman and be black in this present cultural climate. ...more
Tags: aunt, Barack Obama, black artists, Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield, DeMisty Bellinger, Don Cornelius, Donald Trump, essay, female body image, Inner City Blues, Jimmy Carter, Marvin Gaye, Music, obama, Politics, R&B, Racism, Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Rufus, songs, Soul Train, Stevie Wonder, Trump
A collection of short pieces written by Rumpus readers pertaining to the subject of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
Tags: Addison Namnoum, Alcy Leyva, Alex Peterson, American Dream, Barack Obama, bigotry, Corruption, daughters, democracy, Donald Trump, G. Love and Special Sauce, Hector Duarte Jr, hope, inauguration, Inauguration Day, Jimin Han, Joe Amaral, John McCain, Korean American, Lois Ann Goossen, Make America Great Again, naked, Nixon, Noelle Girard, Nudity, obama, Politics, presidency, Racism, Read Trammel, Readers Report, Richard Nixon, Rockettes, Rumpus Readers Report, Ryan Fox, Sauron, Secret Service, sexism, sexual assault, star wars, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Washington Post, Trump, twitter, White House
In the end, although I wanted you to be more like Charles Bronson or Malcolm or Luke Cage, I am very proud to have witnessed your historic presidency—the successes, and even the disappointments. ...more
Tags: alt-right, Archie Bunker, Baltimore, Barack Obama, black lives matter, Bruce Lee, Charles Bronson, childhood dream, Cuba, Donald Trump, election 2016, Eric Gardner, ferguson, Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, John Sims, KKK, Larry Summers, Luke Cage, Malcolm X, martin luther king, michael brown, mixed race, MLK, Muhammad Ali, obama, POTUS, president, race relations, Racism, richard pryor, Shirley Chisholm, Trayvon Martin, Trump, white supremacists, White Supremacy
Cook’s portraits are usually accompanied by texts distilled from interviews she conducts with her subjects (afterward, she says, because she prefers the shoot itself to remain as meditative as possible). This provides her, and her audience, with a verbal layer of insight not normally accessible to photographers. In the Los Angeles Review Of Books, Michael Kurcfeld […]
What kind of change do I want, and what does fighting for it look like, today? ...more
Tags: American Media, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Defense of Marriage Act, democrat, Donald Trump, election 2016, Hillary Clinton, immigration, Jeb Bush, Jerald Isseks, John McCain, journalism, Latino, Marco Rubio, Monica Lewinsky, news media, Newt Gingrich, Politics, Republicans, stock market crash, Ted Cruz, Toni Morrison, Wall Street, war on drugs, Welfare Reform
Tonight my loneliness is infinite and I could eat dinner or dance with my limbs wild because there is no gravity keeping me grounded. ...more
Tags: activism, Afghanistan, America, Barack Obama, Becca Shaw Glaser, Brooklyn, childhood, death, depression, environmental crisis, Facebook, feminism, gender inequality, global warming, happy meals, Hillary Clinton, immigration, inequality, injustice, Iraq, love, McDonalds, minimum wage, morality, new york, Politics, protest, racial inequality, Revolution, St. Louis, suicide, war
Ben H. Winters discusses his new novel
Underground Airlines about an America where the Civil War never took place, writing speculative fiction, and modern racism. ...more
Tags: Android Karenina, Barack Obama, Bed bugs, Ben H. Winters, black lives matter, Chris Rock, Civil War, Complicity, New York Times Bestseller, obama, police violence, Racism, science fiction, Sensibility and Sea Monsters, sex trafficking, slavery, speculative fiction, Stephanie Klein, storytelling, The Last Policeman, Trayvon Martin, ukulele, Underground Airlines
My ambition is personal. I don’t think I need to succeed so that the race can succeed. ...more
Tags: ambition, Angela Flournoy, Asali Solomon, Barack Obama, black writers, Chinelo Okparanta, debut novels, Deesha Philyaw, detroit, Drake, e.m. forester, feminism, ferguson, hip-hop, intersectional feminism, Jay-Z, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kayne West, Kehinde Wiley, Kendrick Lamar, Kimbilio Center, Music, novels, race, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Turner House, Toni Morrison, zadie smith
Bill Cosby was never the man, the icon, the protector and illustrator of black culture, the guide, the genius we have created in our minds. ...more
Tags: A Different World, African-Americans, Afro-Cuban, America, American Dream, apartheid, Art Blakey, B.B. King, Barack Obama, Betty Carter, bill cosby, Camille Cosby, childhood, Claire Huxtable, class, daughters, Dizzy Gillespie, education, Ellis Wilson, Fat Albert, fathers, fathers and daughters, feminism, Heathcliff Huxtable, Huxtables, James Baldwin, jazz, Josie Pickens, Kristi Ruehli, Lena Horne, Mario Baza, Michelle Obama, Miriam Makeba, mothers, Pound Cake Speech, poverty, Racism, rape, Reaganomics, Sam Cooke, Santaria, sexism, Spelman College, stereotypes, television, The Black American Experience, The Black Community, The Cosby Show, The media, Tito Puente, wealth, White Americans, Willie Colon
…today’s poetry apologists for the Iraq war just keep repeating their intelligence error odes. Wouldn’t it be better, however, if they would address the horror of the failed effort in Iraq? ...more
Tags: Allen Ginsberg, Barack Obama, Brian Turner, Czeslaw Milsoz, David Biespiel, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, David Corn, Dunya Mikhail, George W. Bush, james fallows, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Mario Cuomo, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, W H Auden
Has the US turned into a satire of itself? Consider how quickly Congress has gone from championing Freedom Fries to chastising President Obama’s absence from the Paris peace march. Over at the LA Times, David L. Ulin looks at why Americans are choosing irony over satire: Is it coincidence, then, that the rise of postmodernism […]
Indignation clicks on in moments of perceived injustice. Unchecked, it rolls quickly out of control, gaining momentum at the expense of perspective. ...more
1. Mitt Romney convincingly portrayed a sympathetic human being.
For weeks now, the Romney campaign has run ads claiming that President Obama has gutted the work requirement for welfare recipients. The response has varied. Fact checkers Politifact and the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler have called this attack what it is–a lie. That’s unusual for a press corps which generally prefers to act as if […]
To almost no one’s surprise, last night North Carolina became the 31st state to ban same-sex marriage. This is the second time North Carolina has done this–the first time was just a state law; this one was a Constitutional amendment. This Constitutional amendment, though, does more than simply ban same-sex marriage. It cancels out all […]
I am going to tell you my favorite story of how a flower acquired its name. It’s the story of the ranunculus.