Posts Tagged: gun violence

Two Extraordinary Books: Bullets into Bells and Inquisition

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The obscenities and tragedies of American life pile up with speed, and in quantities, that are appalling.

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This Future Is Here: Talking with Tom McAllister

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Tom McAllister discusses his new novel, How to Be Safe, workshops, Twitter, dystopia, and narrative voice.

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Winning Always Involves Sacrificing: Talking with Dickson Lam

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Dickson Lam discusses his debut memoir, Paper Sons, the writing advice that transformed his approach to thee book, and the duty of a memoirist.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Justin Phillip Reed

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Justin Phillip Reed on his debut collection, Indecency, why he loves struggling with connotation, and the irresponsibility of American society.

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Moving Targets

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Love twists itself into fear, into statistics, into things people can live with.

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Strong Island’s Horizon

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Whose lives are visible? Whose pain is just? Whose grief is vocal? Such inquiry is not rhetorical.

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Guns or No Guns: Mental Health Crisis in Schools

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I do the best I can to reach out to those I see isolated or disturbed, but I have to also be careful I don’t make myself a target.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Sarah Blake

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Sarah Blake discusses her new collection, Let’s Not Live on Earth, questions in poems, monsters, and the challenge of writing a dystopia.

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A Deeply Human Act: Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

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What is so extraordinary about this collection is its lyricism, its humanity, and its urgency.

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Dispatches from the Swamp: The Absolute Necessity of Softball

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And then one guy on his team yells, “You have to touch the bases, buddy! This is still America!” That is all it takes. For one guy on the other side to put country over party.

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This Week in Essays

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For Huffington Post’s Highline magazine, Jason Fagone profiles a trauma surgeon working to make a small dent in our country’s problem with gun violence. At Catapult, Abbey Fenbert writes a funny, heartfelt essay about trying to ban books in the seventh grade.

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The Evolution of a Trigger

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Perhaps they are really saying: This will not happen to me. I will be prepared. And, in hoisting that hypothetical gun, they feel they are made safe from the appalling vulnerability of living.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: Tiny Bubbles

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A bubble is a sphere of privilege, but it also provides the safety to mix up more soapy water and to blow new bubbles to protect what we hold dear.

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Boyz n the Hood, Chi-Raq, and America 2016

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And while the faces and nomenclature between these historically discrete agents of change differ, the one governing commonality remains the same: unfettered gun ownership and correlative violence play a pivotal role.

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The Rumpus Interview With Jeremy Earl

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Jeremy Earl discusses his latest album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, the fruitful tension of city vs. country, finding beauty in the darkness of today’s world, and the enduring good vibes of the Grateful Dead.

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Philando Castile: A Rumpus Roundup

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On Wednesday evening, police shot and killed St. Paul Minnesota resident Philando Castile after stopping him for a broken tail light. More than five hundred police shootings have occurred so far this year, and Alton Sterling’s Philando Castile’s death might have simply become another statistic on an interactive graphic except for one pesky citizen who […]

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Unafraid and Proud

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In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, questions have been raised about the ability of the gay dance scene to overcome the fear bred by such senseless, yet targeted, violence. A piece at THUMP by VICE argues the importance of dance culture in affirming the right to congregate, unafraid and proud: Will fear drive us back […]

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Total Noise and Complete Saturation

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For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested, in a clinical way, in silence.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Rick Moody

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The Rumpus Book Club chats with Rick Moody about his new book Hotels of North America, unreliable narrators, hotel porn, how titles are uncopyrightable, and Internet comment sections.

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