When I’m reading books that work within fantastic traditions, I find they’re able to hold more truths simultaneously and give me, as a reader, room to contemplate social justice and political issues and come to my own understanding of what’s what. ...more
Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses his new story collection, THE ONES WHO DON’T SAY THEY LOVE YOU.
Tags: Erik Gleibermann, Ernest Gaines, gentrification, housing, housing rights, Hurricane Ida, Hurricane Katrina, incarceration, jamaica kincaid, James Baldwin, Jeffrey Eugenides, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Middlesex, mythos, New Orleans, public housing, racial inequality, Racism, Sarah Broom, short fiction, short stories, story collection, Sula, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You, The Yellow House, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Toni Morrison, We Cast a Shadow, zora neale hurston
writes into the place where language fails. ...more
Tags: Active Reception, AIDS, Barthes, bodies, book review, Brenda Iijima, Caffeine Chronicles, colonialism, COVID, COVID-19, erotic poetry, eroticism, gentrification, HIV, Leo Bersani, metaphor, Neon Mashurov, Nightboat Books, Noah Ross, pandemic, pinkwashing, poems, poetry, poetry review, power dynamics, power structure, queer sexuality, queerness, Rebecca Teich, review, Sex, sexuality, state violence
Nothing is not right. There is no indication there has ever been a house. ...more
Tags: Asian American, bullying, capitalism, class inequality, classism, diversity, family, fiction, gentrification, Ira Sukrungruang, liberals, money, parents, Politics, racial inequality, Racism, restaurant, Restaurants, Rumpus Original Fiction, school, schools, short fiction, short stories, short story, students, teachers, teaching, Thai, Thailand, working class
Sycamore wrote this book long before pandemic time, and yet it couldn’t have arrived at a better moment. ...more
Tags: autofiction, book review, capitalism, CARES Act, Carley Moore, childhood abuse, chosen family, chronic pain, Come in from the Cold, community, dating, Elliott Bay Book Company, genre, gentrification, Intimacy, Joni Mitchell, LGBTQ, mattilda bernstein sycamore, pandemic, queer, queerness, review, San Francisco, Seattle, Sex, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual trauma, sexuality, The Freezer Door, trans, trauma, White Supremacy
The collective reimagining in Seismic calls for literary revolution. ...more
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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore discusses her new book, THE FREEZER DOOR.
Tags: A Childhood Biography of a Place, alienation, Begin Again, bodies, Book Club, Bruno Lloret, childhood abuse, childhood trauma, community, COVID-19, David Wojnarowicz, desire, Eddie Glaude, Elissa Washuta, Entering Sappho, gentrification, hybrid genre, LGBTQ, Loneliness, lyric essay, Makenna Goodman, mattilda bernstein sycamore, memoir, pandemic, queer, Rumpus Book Club, Sarah Dowling, Seattle, Semiotexte, Sex, sexual abuse, sexuality, The Freezer Door, The Rumpus Book Club, The Shame, trauma, trauma writing, White Magic, writing process
Kelly Harris-DeBerry discusses her debut poetry collection, FREEDOM KNOWS MY NAME.
Tags: Alabama, american south, appropriation, avery r. young, black women, Broadside Press, Cleveland, debut collection, Demetrie McLorn, Eloise Greenfield, Erica L. Williams, feminism, feminist, Freedom Knows My Name, gentrification, Gil-Scott heron, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Brown, Jayne Cortez, Jessica Krug, Kalamu ya Salaam, Kathryn Stockett, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Langston Hughes, Last Poets, Lucille Clifton, Mari Evans, MFA, Midwest, migration, New Orleans, Nikki Giovanni, ntozake shange, Ohio, Paule Marshall, poems, poetry, Rachel Dolezal, racial inequality, Racism, Rita Dove, Sarah Webster Fabio, Scott Woods, Sonia Sanchez, The Help, Third World Press, Toni Morrison, Wanda Coleman, White Supremacy, Xavier Review Press, zora neale hurston
It doesn’t feel good, does it? I didn’t see it coming either. ...more
Tags: ancestors, Antioquia, assault, Barranquilla, Bay Area, bodily autonomy, body autonomy, Colombia, family, family history, female bodies, gendered violence, gentrification, heritage, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Legacy, Liliana Torpey, Medellín, Mission District, Saint Agnes, San Francisco, sex crime, sex offender, sex offenders, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, shame, Sonsón, street harassment, trauma, violence against women, women's bodies
I’ve been everywhere, but I don’t belong anywhere. ...more
Tags: Angelina Jolie, anxiety, anxiety disorder, brittany murphy, Clea Duvall, Elizabeth Moss, Film, film adaptation, film adaptations, foster care, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, gentrification, Girl Interrupted, Hackensack, home, institutionalization, James Mangold, Mental Health, mental illness, mental institution, movie adaptation, New Jersey, panic, Robin Jennings, Susanna Kaysen, Teaneck, therapist, therapy, trauma, Vanessa Redgrave, Whoopi Goldberg, winona ryder
The marijuana shop shimmers from the abyss, a glowing green jewelry box atop the hill. ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol abuse, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, epidemic, epidemics, gentrification, homeless, homelessness, homophobia, legalization, marijuana, pandemic, Quarantine, Sabra Boyd, Voices on Addiction, weed
“[I]t is an itch that needs to be scratched. To test. To push. To prove to myself.”
Tags: anarchy, Art Is Autism, autism, autistic, avant garde, Baudrillard, Christopher Nosnibor, Clinicality Press, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, experimental, experimentalist, Facebook, gentrification, gentrified, Inside the Castle, Interiors for ?, Jared Pappas-Kelley, John Trefrey, photography, Richard Brammer, Scott Beauchamp, Social Media, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, underground art, vaporwave, Zak Ferguson, zines
Julian K. Jarboe discusses EVERYONE ON THE MOON IS ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL.
Tags: Appalachian, Catholic, catholicism, coronavirus, COVID-19, Dead Horse Beach, debut collection, E.B. Bartels, Everyone on the Moon Is Essential Personnel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, fairy tales, folklore, gentrification, Greek myth, Greek mythology, Jonathan Safran Foer, Julian K. Jarboe, Lethe Press, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, Misery Islands, Moody Street, mythology, new england, Our Lady of Good Voyage, Outlining, pandemic, queer, religion, revision, science fiction, setting, short fiction, short stories, Somerville, spreadsheet, White Mountains, world building, writing process
For many years, I tried to civilize myself. ...more
Tags: anger, California, Chinese, Chinese American, Chinese food, college, cooking, East Asian, eating, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, food, food and family, gentrification, heart attack, hong kong, intergenerational trauma, Lia Dun, los angeles, meat, pork, Racism, resentment, roast pigeon, shame, Stockton, vegetarian, vegetarianism
Kate Wisel discusses her debut story collection, DRIVING IN CARS WITH HOMELESS MEN.
Tags: abusive relationship, adolescence, Aria Aber, Boston, Chicago, coming of age, debut collection, Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, female friendship, friendship, gentrification, Heroin, high school, Kate Wisel, linked stories, Lucy Tan, Midwest, opioid epidemic, Pam Houston, repetition, short fiction, short stories, Southie, story collection, symbolism, teenagers, trauma, violence
Alex DiFrancesco discusses their new novel, ALL CITY.
Tags: Alex DiFrancesco, All City, art world, class inequality, cli fi, climate change, climate crisis, climate fiction, community, Debt, dystopian, economic inequality, environmental crisis, genderqueer, gentrification, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Ilana Masad, James Hannaham, Joselin Linder, LGBTQ, Mary Adkins, Occupy Wall Street, poverty, privilege, Psychopomps, PTSD, queer, rape, Seven Stories Press, sexual assault, Sherri Fink, Siddhartha Deb, speculative, speculative fiction, street art, The Family Gene, trans, trauma, When You Read This
t’ai freedom ford discusses her newest collection, & MORE BLACK.
Tags: & more black, Alexandria Smith, Amaryllis Dejesus Moleski, Augury Books, book design, brian spears, Brooklyn, Carrie Mae Weems, code switching, DuBois, Erykah Badu, Eve Ewing, Flying Lotus, Frida Orupabo, Friday Black, gentrification, hip-hop, Kara Walker, Mark Bradford, Marvin Gaye, Melissa Rivero, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, poetry, poetry book club, rhyme, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, slam poetry, sonnet, sonnets, T'ai Freedom Ford, Terrrance Hayes, The Affairs of the Falcóns, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, visual art, Wanda Coleman, Wangechi Mutu
Ezra Claytan Daniels discusses the new graphic novel BTTM FDRS.
Tags: Alexis Gideon, Allyson McCabe, appropriation, apps, Ben Passmore, BTTM FDRS, Chicago, Comics, DAYGLOAYHOLE, Erik Loyer, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Fantagraphics, gentrification, graphic novel, Marvel, Portland, racial inequality, Racism, representation, Shelley Short, Speculative Relationships, The Changers, Upgrade Soul, Your Black Friend, zines
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
Tags: Baker & Taylor, Barnes and Noble, berlin, Bronx, bushwick, Cincinnati, Cincy Book Bus, Concord, gentrification, independent booksellers, independent bookstores, Kennebunk, Kinokuniya Books, Krumulus, Left Bank Books, Lit Bar, Maine, Mainely Murders, Mil Mundos, Noelle Santos, Portland, publishing industry, sankofa, This Week in Indie Bookstores, Washington DC, Workman Publishing
Lilliam Rivera discusses her new novel, DEALING IN DREAMS.
Tags: addiction, alcoholic, American Dream, Bronx, capitalism, Cheryl Upshaw, Dealing in Dreams, Donald Trump, gentrification, horror, Lilliam Rivera, patriarchy, Politics, privilege, Puerto Rican, puerto rico, Racism, science fiction, sexism, sisterhood, sisters, sobriety, speculative fiction, The Education of Margot Sanchez, transphobia, violence, Women's March, YA, young adult literature
José Olivarez discusses his debut collection, CITIZEN ILLEGAL.
Tags: Book Club, brian spears, Carmen Giminez Smith, chili dog, Citizen Illegal, Cruel Futures, Fatimah Asghar, gentrification, hot dog, If They Come for Us, Jessica Hopper, Josè Olivarez, Night Moves, poetry book club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Studs Terkel, Victoria Martinez, white supremacists, White Supremacy, working
Author and activist Sarah Schulman discusses her forthcoming novel, MAGGIE TERRY.
Tags: 1980s, ACT Up Oral History Project, activism, activist, After Delores, AIDS, alex dueben, alison bechdel, Conflict Is not Abuse, Dashiell Hammett, Ellen Hart, eric garner, gentrification, Girls Visions and Everything, Jonathan Larson, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Mary Wings, My American History, mystery, People in Trouble, queer, Rat Bohemia, rent, Sarah Schulman, Stagestruck, Steven Thrasher, The Feminist Press, The Gentrification of the Mind, Ties That Bind, Trump, Urvashi Vaid
does not settle, it unsettles. ...more
Tags: addiction, Alcatraz, Alex Cavanaugh, Arapaho, Bay Area, California, Cheyenne, colonialism, community, Cristina Garcia, Dakota, debut novel, depression, displacement, Dreaming in Cuban, first book, gentrification, gertrude stein, indigeneous peoples, James Baldwin, Jean O'Brien, Louise Erdich, Muwekma Ohlone, Native Americans, Native peoples, Oakland, Ohlone, ojibwe, oklahoma, place, Plague of Doves, polyvocality, representation, Scandinavia, setting, settler colonialism, The Salt Eaters, There There, Tommy Orange, Toni Cade Bambara, trauma, violence
Rachel Lyon discusses her debut novel,
Self-Portrait with Boy, artistic communities, the quotidian nature of the supernatural, and hyper-gentrification. ...more
Tags: 1982 Loft Law, 1990s, 90s, Accident, artists, Ben Lasman, DUMBO, gentrification, ghost, ghost stories, ghosts, Jeremiah Moss, LGBTQ, New York City, NYC, photographer, photography, queer, Rachel Lyon, Self Portrait with Boy, squatters, tragedy
Naima Coster discusses her debut novel,
Halsey Street, getting pushback on her use of Spanish, and the importance of equity and inclusion in higher education. ...more
Tags: #metoo, absent mothers, academia, activism, Bed-Stuy, bilingual, Brooklyn, catapult, classism, Danny The Champion of the World, debut novel, Dominican Republic, Elizabeth Walters, fathers, fathers and daughters, first book, Fort Greene, gentrification, Halsey Street, Jesmyn Ward, Manhattan, Matilda, Morgan Parker, mothers, mothers and daughters, Naima Coster, New York Times, Porochista Khakpour, Racism, Roald Dahl, sexism, Spanish, teaching writing, The BFG
Lilliam Rivera discusses her debut novel,
The Education of Margot Sanchez, world-building, and her desire to see bookshelves filled with stories by people of color. ...more
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Harris thoughtfully examines what happens when privilege and lack of privilege are forced to coexist in the same neighborhood—and, occasionally, in the same apartment. ...more
Tags: Bed-Stuy, Bedford Stuyvesant, book review, Brandon Harris, Brooklyn, Chris Rock, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, gentrification, kai wright, Making Rent in Bed-Stuy, New York City, Ohio, Spike Lee, there goes the neighborhood, Zakiya Harris
Brandon Harris discusses his memoir
Making Rent in Bed-Stuy, gentrification in New York City and Brooklyn, the homogenization of American cities by corporate America, and whiteness of film culture. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Armond White, Art, Ashley Clark, Bedford Stuyvesant, Biggie Smalls, Bloomberg, Brandon Harris, Brooklyn, capitalism, Christian Lander, Cincinnati, cinema, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Film, gentrification, giuliani, Hilton Als, hip-hop, Hollywood, hunger, Jacqueline Wood, Jay-Z, Kartina Richardson, Lauren Wissot, Lisa Kennedy, Making Rent in Bed-Stuy, memoir, Memphis, Midwest, millenials, Miriam Bale, New York City, obama, Odie Henderson, rent control, rent stabilization, Sean Combs, Spike Lee, steve mcqueen, Steven Boone, Wesley Morris
On Thursday night, May 25, an amazing event will take place outside a BART train station in the Mission District of San Francisco, as it has every Thursday night for the past fourteen years. If you were to pass by, you might not even notice what is taking place. The corner of 16th Street and Mission […]
Tags: Alan Kaufman, Charles Kruger, Charlie Getter, Chris Peck, community, David Meltzer, Diane di Prima, gentrification, Literary Community, madness, Mission burritos, New College of California, Nic Alea, Nic Burrose, Open Mic without a Mic, Peck the Town Crier, poetry, Robert Duncan, Sam Sax, Seventh Tangent Press, street art, Terrance Hayes, the Mission, The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse
Adrian Matejka discusses his new collection
Map to the Stars, writing about poverty in contemporary poetry, and how racism maintains its place in our society. ...more
Tags: 1990s, Adrian Matejka, Alex Dimitrov, american south, bigotry, brian spears, confederate flag, Donald Trump, economics, election 2016, gentrification, graphic novel, Hearing Damage, Hurt Business, I'm So Fine, Indianapolis, inequality, jehovah's witness, Khadijah Queen, Luck, Map to the Stars, Marcus Wicker, New Orleans, Nicole Sealey, Ordinary Beast, Parliament, poetry, poverty, Racism, Rodney Jones, Rumpus Book Club, Rumpus Poetry, Silencer, South, Star Trek, Steve King, suburbia, suburbs, Sun Ra, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Trump, william shatner