Morowa Yejidé discusses her new novel, CREATURES OF PASSAGE.
Tags: Akashic, Akashic Books, Anacostia, Book Club, child abuse, child molestation, childhood trauma, Cormac McCarthy, Creatures of Passage, Egypt, Egyptology, Faulkner, magic realism, magical realism, Marisa Siegel, Moby Dick, molestation, Morowa Yejidé, mythology, pandemic, Rumpus Book Club, sexual abuse, sexual trauma, sexual violence, The Rumpus Book Club, Time of the Locust, Toni Morrison, trauma, Washington DC, William Faulkner
Kyle McCarthy discusses her debut novel, EVERYONE KNOWS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.
Tags: As a Friend, autofiction, debut novel, Elaine Scarry, Eric Maisel, Evan James, Everyone Knows How Much I Love You, Faulkner, Forrest Gander, geoff dyer, I've Been Wrong Before, Iowa Writers' Workshop, jamaica kincaid, Jia Tolentino, Kenneth Rexroth, kyle mccarthy, lucy, Marilynne Robinson, michelle huneven, Mitski, Out of Sheer Rage, Sigrid Nunez, The Last of Her Kind, Toni Morrison, wayne koestenbaum, white privilege, white women
Katharine Coldiron discusses her forthcoming novella, CEREMONIALS.
Tags: bisexual, bisexuality, Ceremonials, David Lynch, experimental, experimental lit, Faulkner, Film, florence and the machine, ghost story, ghosts, Katharine Coldiron, KERNPUNKT Press, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, Mariana Magaña de Lio, Marissa Korbel, Music, novella, queer, queerness, Radley Metzger, sexuality, singing, Synesthesia, The Chronology of Water, The Sound and the Fury, Therese and Isabelle, Violet Leduc
What we’re reading in our Poetry Book Club next month!
Amy Feltman discusses her debut novel, WILLA & HESPER.
Tags: Ali Smith, amy feltman, as I lay dying, berlin, breakup, Chen Chen, Columbia University, Crystal Hana Kim, faith, family history, Faulkner, female bodies, female body, Georgia, germany, graduate school, Grand Central Publishing, heartbreak, Holocaust, identity, Jewish, judaism, Lesbian, Leslie Jamison, LGBTQ, Lia Ices, love, Mary Oliver, Miranda July, Ocean Vuong, queer, relationships, religion, research, sexual assault, Soviet Union, Tbilisi, trauma, TV on the Radio, virginia woolf, Willa & Hesper, Willa and Hesper
Kiese Laymon discusses his new memoir, HEAVY.
Tags: Abuse, addiction, Alexander Chee, american south, body image, Eudora Welty, Faulkner, gambling, Giovanni's Room, Heavy, Heavy: An American Memoir, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Jackson, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Kiese Laymon, Long Division, memoir, Mississippi, Monet Patrice Thomas, mothers, mothers and sons, Racism, sexual abuse, sexual violence, Southern, The Fire Next Time, trauma, vulnerability, weight
Capturing the Delta in harrowing detail, Ward takes readers on a journey from her own home of the Gulf Coast to the Mississippi State Penitentiary. ...more
Tags: addiction, american south, black lives matter, david oshinsky, Faulkner, ghost, ghosts, Holly Genovese, incarceration, Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped, Mississippi, parchman, parchman farm, poverty, prison, Racism, Sing Unburied Sing, The Fire This Time, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice
Jay Baron Nicorvo discusses his debut novel,
The Standard Grand, how easy it is for civilians to forget about soldiers and veterans, and his longstanding love of animals. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, American Sniper, animals, army, as I lay dying, beverly parayno, Catskills, debut novel, Faulkner, homelessness, Isla Mujeres, Jay Baron Nicorvo, mad men, Mexico, middle east, military, National Training Center, patriarchy, Philippines, poverty, PTSD, Russian, sailing, Soldiers, stereotypes, The Brothers Karamazov, The Refugees, The Standard Grand, The Wire, veterans, Viet Thanh Nguyen, war, war writing, World War II, WWII
Samantha Hunt discusses her new collection,
The Dark Dark, why she became a writer, and the freeing quiet of darkness. ...more
Tags: Andi Olsen, Annie Guthrie, as I lay dying, birth, Brian Blanchfield, death, Faulkner, female body, Flannery O'Connor, FSG, Haruki Murakami, Katherine Dunn, kelly link, Lyme disease, motherhood, mothers, Mr. Splitfoot, new england, patriarchy, pregnancy, Rumaan Alam, Samatha Hunt, short fiction, short stories, siblings, the bluest eye, The Brady Bunch, The Dark Dark, The Invention of Everything Else, The Seas, Toni Morrison, writing process
I am fixated by this detail of the bread and beans because it strikes me that Coetzee’s prose might itself be described as “bread and beans” writing: short, declarative sentences, with a fairly simple vocabulary. ...more
Jonathan Corcoran discusses his debut collection
The Rope Swing, Appalachian writing communities, getting disowned by his family for coming out, and his father’s death. ...more
Tags: Appalachia, Black Tickets, book tour, Carter Sickels, coming out, death, Eyes Burning at the Edge of the Woods, fathers, fathers and sons, Faulkner, fiction, gay, Greek chorus, interview, Jayne Anne Phillips, jonathan corcoran, landscape, Lark and Termite, Laura Long, LGBT, Marie Manilla, Megan Kruse, Melissa Adamo, memoir, New York City, queer, queer writing, Quiet Dell, Ron Rash, rural life, second person, short fiction, short stories, the rope swing, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, Vandalia Press, villain, West Virginia
In her voice, I am held, cradled even. I am equal parts longing and hope. I am home. ...more
Tags: Albums of Our Lives, Black Cadillac, blues, country, daughters, death, depression, Eudora Welty, Faulkner, folk, Good Intent, grief, homeless, johnny cash, Like a Wave, Like Fugitives, Louisiana, Magin LaSov Gregg, Mississippi, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, NPR, One Writer’s Beginnings, rock, Rosanne Cash, Rumpus music, The Sound and the Fury, The World Unseen, wedding
Leland Cheuk discusses his novel
The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong, dark humor, cancer, morally corrupt characters, and his mother. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Bad Santa, bone marrow transplant, cancer, Chinese, comedy, dark humor, Donald Trump, El Paso, family, Faulkner, gender, humor, illness, immigrant fiction, immigrants, immigration, interview, kingsley amis, Koba the Dread, Las Vegas, leland cheuk, Lesley University, lyz lenz, martin amis, MDS, mothers, mothers and sons, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, novel, race, salon, self-promotion, small press, stand up comedy, the misadventures of sulliver pong, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, The Sympathizer, the zone of interest, Viet Thanh Nguyen, writers of color, writing
I have learned to put myself, my ego, to one side and truly experience someone else’s poetry. ...more
Tags: América invertida, anthology, Argentina, as I lay dying, Basho, Chip Livingston, Circe Maia, colonialism, dictatorship, Dumas Oroño, Earth Sky & Water, Eduardo Galeano, El Puente Invisible/The Invisible Bridge, Faulkner, Frente Amplio, Idea Vilariño, Javier Etchevarren, Jesse Lee Kercheval, José Mujica, language, Latin America, Latin American literature, Latin American poets, Lord of the Rings, Martín Barea Mattos, Montevideo, Mundial Poético de Montevideo, Open Veins of Latin America, Peter Cooley, poetry, Shakespeare, Slang, South America, Spanish, Tatiana Oroño, Tierra Cielo y Agua, translation, trucho, Uruguay, Vermeer, Walt Whitman
For the New York Times’s Bookends column, Thomas Mallon and Leslie Jamison muse on the books that best capture the intricate and fraught relationships between siblings: That’s what I felt Faulkner intuited about siblings: that there were all sorts of gaps and harms and distances that might befall them, that they might inflict on each other, […]
Sometimes we bypass the classic novels on the way to the rich offering of current literary fiction. Fair enough; there is so much to love in today’s fiction. But once in a while, dust off a classic gem and consider the language, the depth, the metaphorical heft these books carry—along with being engrossing, powerful reads. Reading […]
Tags: Anna March, canon, classic novels, Faulkner, flaubert, Invisible Man, lydia davis, madame bovary, Margaret Muldoon, Native Son, Ralph Ellison, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, richard wright, The Sound and the Fury, Their Eyes Were Watching God, zora neale hurston
At the New York Times Book Ends column this week, Zoë Heller and Francine Prose discuss whether or not William Faulkner’s famous quote, “The writer’s only responsibility is to his art,” holds up. In other words, Heller asks, does producing great art excuse terrible human behavior? Her conclusion is that no, it doesn’t. Prose seems to […]
Sunil Yapa discusses his debut novel,
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, radical empathy, growing up surrounded by politics, and losing the first draft of his novel in Chile. ...more
Tags: activism, Arundhati Roy, Books, Chile, Chitra Divakaruni, claire messud, Column McCan, empathy, Faulkner, fiction, frist drafts, globalization, Guatemala, interview, Kyle Lucia Wu, Marxism, Media, MFA, Nathan Englander, novel, pepper spray, Peter Carey, police, police violence, protest, protesters, Protests, research, Save the Redwoods, Seattle, Sunil Yapa, University of Houston, VONA, weed, World Trade Organization, writing, WTO, your heart is a muscle the size of a fist
Over at The Toast, Rebecca Turkewitz writes about the intersections between literary geography and the real, from Joyce’s Dublin and Tolkien’s Middle Europe to Faulkner’s Mississippi and Munro’s Ontario—how we explore these places by walking through pages, and how they map to our homes and street corners.
If it seems that “lost” books, short stories, and everything else are coming out of the woodwork, well, they are. The Strand magazine has just published Twixt Cup and Lip, an early play by William Faulkner written in the 1920s: The Strand describes the play as “a light-hearted jazz age story.” Prohibition is under way, and […]
I was becoming awed by the wide horizon of the speech that arose out of an individual life lived in a single era and generation. I was becoming attracted to the writer’s creativity. ...more
Tags: Abraham Joshua Heschel, Anatole Broyard, beowulf, bookstores, Boston, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Faulkner, Ibsen, Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, Oscar Kaplan, Oscar Williams, Paradise Lost, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, siddur, typewriters, used books, used bookstores, Wallace Stevens
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Thorpe Moeckel about his new book
Arcadia Road, the challenge of writing long poems, raising twins, and camo thongs. ...more
Tags: A.R. Ammons, Arcadia Road, August Kleinzahler, Brian Teare, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, ecopoetry, Etruscan Press, Faulkner, Fernando Pessoa, Henry Taylor, I Married a Communist, James Salter, John Williams, Lara Glenum, Lesley Wheeler, Light Years, parenting, Philip Brady, philip roth, poetry, Radioland, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Saeed Jones, Sphere, Stephen Colbert, Stoner, Thorpe Moeckel, Twins
Richard Grant discusses how his time living in Mississippi provided him with a more full understanding of William Faulkner’s language. Despite studying Faulkner at school in England, Grant felt that it wasn’t until he moved that he was able to totally appreciate Faulkner’s work: To sit on the old porch reading Mr. Bill, with a […]
Joe Meno and Margaret Wappler dive deep into his new book,
Marvel and a Wonder, talking about race, masculinity, and rural America. ...more
Tags: 1995, America, animals, biracial identity, Faulkner, Horses, Indiana, Joe Meno, Margaret Wappler, Marvel and a Wonder, methamphetamine, novels, O.J. Simpson, race, small towns, the bible, Toni Morrison
Over at The Nervous Breakdown, Elise Sherman explores her literary roots in a self interview that touches on the South, her neo-Faulknerian tendencies, and the difference between New Orleans and the rest of the world.
Rewriting the classics has become a stale and risk-averse strategy. But that shouldn’t spoil the fun of our larger culture of remixing.
Tags: A Theory of Adaptation, A Thousand Acres, Anne Tyler, as I lay dying, At the Mountains of Madness, Awake, Boy Snow Bird, Chinatown, Dickens, Double Take, E.L. James, ekphrasis, Elizabeth Graver, Faulkner, Finders Keepers, gillian flynn, Gotham, Graham Swift, Great Expectations, H.P. Lovecraft, Helen Oyeyemi, Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Inherent Vice, J.M. Tyree, James Wood, Jane Eyre, Jane Smiley, Jeanette Winterson, Johan Grimonprez, jonathan franzen, Jorge Luis Borges, Kate Chopin, Kill Bill, Last Orders, Linda Hutcheon, Liquid Swords, Mad Max: Fury Road, Madeleine Is Sleeping, Margaret Atwood, Michael Cunningham, Michael McGriff, Mr. Fox, Mumford and Sons, Our Secret Life in the Movies, Patricia Park, purity, pynchon, quentin tarantino, Ralph Waldo Emerson, raymond chandler, Re Jane, Rihanna, Robert Altman, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Shakespeare, specimen days, Stephen King, The Awakening, The Big Lebowski, The Big Sleep, The Birds, The Gold Bug Variations, The Hours, The Long Goodbye, Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, Tom McCarthy
None of us has telepathy, and even the most empathetic of us can’t really experience the world as another person experiences it. So we read essays and memoirs. ...more
Tags: Cheryl Strayed, David Shields, Dinty W. Moore, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, jill talbot, Joan Didion, Last Book I Loved, memoir, Pam Houston, The Way We Weren't, William Bradley
One could sense this passion in all of us. It seemed to fill the classroom as if it were part of the oxygen. ...more
Tags: American Vanguard 1950, creative writing workshop, Don M. Wolfe, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Frank O'Hara, Harold Applebaum, Hemingway, John Burress, Little Mule, Macbeth, Mario Puzo, mentors, New York Echoes, NYU, Shakespeare, teaching writing, The Godfather, The Missouri Traveler, The New School, Thomas WOlfe, Warren Adler, Which Grain Will Grow, william styron
Novelist Christy Crutchfield talks about her debut,
How to Catch a Coyote, world building, inspiration, icky fiction, the role of mystery, and the marathon of novel writing ...more
Tags: A Good Man is Hard to Find, A Light in August, American Salvage, Ander Monson, as I lay dying, Bonnie Jo Campbell, brief interviews with hideous men, Chris Bachelder, Christy Crutchfield, David Foster Wallace, Dylan Farrow, Faulkner, fiction, Flannery O'Connor, Gabe Durham, How to Catch a Coyote, icky fiction, Interviews, MFAs, novels, Other Electricities, sexual abuse, sexual assault, writing
Paul Griner talks about his newest novel,
Second Life, his just-released story collection Hurry Please I Want to Know, putting real life into fiction, and whether creative writing can be taught. ...more
Tags: Alistair Cooke, Borges, Clarice Lispector, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, flaubert, Frank O’Connor, Hemingway, Hurry Please I Want to Know, isaac babel, Jane Austen, Jean Rhys, Jeanette Winterson, Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Julie Marie Wade, Katherine Mansfield, Katherine Porter, Lydia Fagundes Telles, Machado De Assis, magical realism, Masterpiece Theater, Paul Griner, richard wright, second life, surrealism, teaching, teaching writing, tobias wolff, tolstoy, Toni Morrison, Trollope, Turgenev