With Dantiel W. Moniz, Kimberly King Parsons, Mary South, Xuan Juliana Wang, and Ashley Wurzbacher.
Tags: Allie Rowbottom, Ashley Wurzbacher, Black Light, Dantiel W. Moniz, Flannery O'Connor, Garielle Lutz, Gary Lutz, Gregory Spatz, Happy Like This, home remedies, James Joyce, Jell-O Girls, Kimberly King Parsons, Mary South, Milk Blood Heat, short fiction, short stories, story collection, Thomas Bernhard, Woodcutters, Xuan Juliana Wang, You Will Never Be Forgotten
Julia Fine discusses her new novel, THE UPSTAIRS HOUSE.
Tags: art monster, Dept. of Speculation, family history, family trauma, fourth trimester, gertrude stein, ghost stories, ghost story, ghosts, goodnight moon, gothic horror, haunting, heredity, identity, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, James Joyce, Jenny Offill, Julia Fine, Margaret Wise Brown, marriage, Michael Strange, modernism, modernist, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, new parents, parenting, postpartum, postpartum depression, postpartum mood disorder, postpartum psychosis, ppd, psychosis, Sara Petersen, The Upstairs House, What Should Be Wild
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio discusses her first book, THE UNDOCUMENTED AMERICANS.
Tags: American Dirt, American Dream, american politics, Borderline Personality Disorder, canon, Chronicles of Narnia, DACA, dialectical behavior therapy, Donald Trump, DREAMers, East of Eden, Ecuador, Ecuadorian, Emily Dickinson, Emily Stochl, family, harvard, Hemingway, immigrant literature, immigrants, immigration, jamaica kincaid, James Baldwin, James Joyce, Karla Cornejo-Villavicencio, Latinx, literary canon, little women, louisa may alcott, Marsha Linehan, memoir, Mental Health, mental illness, migrants, migration, Politics, Portuguese, Racism, research, salinger, Spanish, Stephen Miller, suicidal ideation, suicide, Sylvia Path, The Fire Next Time, the undocumented americans, trauma, Trump, undocumented, undocumented immigrants, undocumented minors, virginia woolf, white supremacist, white supremacists, White Supremacy, xenophobia
Angie Cruz discusses her newest novel, DOMINICANA.
Tags: 1964 World's Fair, 2001: A Space Odyssey, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, ana castillo, Angie Cruz, caribbean, Clarice Lispector, class inequality, coming of age, Cristina Garcia, Dawn Lundy Martin, domestic abuse, domestic violence, dominican, Dominican Republic, Dominicana, Dorothy Allison, dubliners, edwidge danticat, female friendship, friendship, gender inequality, gendered violence, Guayacanes, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, identity, immigrants, immigration, James Baldwin, James Joyce, Julia Alvarez, Kubrick, Latinx, Latinx literature, Let It Rain Coffee, Malcolm X, Marguerite Duras, mothers, mothers and daughters, New York City, NYC, pregnancy, quiara alegria hudes, Sandra Cisneros, Soledad, Terrance Hayes, The Lover, Toni Morrison, Vietnam War, Washington Heights
Music was noise, and noise was music, and George Antheil was on his way. ...more
Tags: archives, archivist, Ballet Mecanique, California, carnegie hall, composer, cross-country, death, dementia, driving, Erik Satie, Ernest Hemingway, ezra pound, Fernand Léger, France, freeway, French, George Antheil, he Buccaneer, heart attack, highway, Hollywood, James Joyce, Kevin Starr, Knock on Any Door, los angeles, Music, Once in a Blue Moon, paris, Picasso, road trip, seasons, Shakespeare & Co.
It is winter, and I’ve been thinking a lot about Samuel Beckett. ...more
Tags: absurdity, ASMR, autonomous sensory meridian response, bodies, cigarettes, depression, finnegans wake, Frank Lloyd Wright, French, Illinois, Ireland, James Joyce, language, Lucia Joyce, malapropism, misophonia, mortality, sad, samuel beckett, seasonal affective disorder, smoking, Sophie Amado, Waiting for Godot, weather, winter, YouTube
Garth Greenwell discusses his new book, CLEANNESS.
Tags: bulgaria, Cleanness, Debussy, dubliners, epiphany, Frank Bidart, French New Wave, Garrard Conley, garth greenwell, gay, Hitchcock, homosexuality, Interlochen Arts Academy, James Joyce, landscape, LGBTQ, mitko, new wave, opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, place, queer, queerness, Ralph Vaughn Williams, relationships, rope, sadomasochism, setting, Sex, Sex Scenes, sexuality, shame, sofia, Sozopol, To the Lighthouse, What Belongs to You, writing sex
[G]ood writing can also distract us from what’s not being said. ...more
Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his new story collection, THE WORLD DOESN’T REQUIRE YOU.
Tags: academia, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, amber sparks, Animal Farm, bartleby, Cross River, Daniel Jose Older, Edward P. Jones, f. scott fitzgerald, fabulism, fatherhood, george orwell, Herman Melville, higher education, Insurrections, Invisible Man, James Joyce, Joy Williams, Ninety-Nine Stories of God, novella, Paul Beatty, Percival Everett, Ralph Ellison, Rion Amilcar Scott, Roxane Gay, satire, short fiction, short stories, slavery, teaching writing, The Crack-Up, The Sellout, The World Doesn't Require You, Ulysses
Few people can tell that my smile is literally fake. ...more
Tags: A Serious Man, accountability, Appalachia, Arthur Koestler, car accident, Charles D'Ambrosio, Chasing Cars, Chengdu, China, Chinese, Coen Brothers, dental insurance, dental surgery, dentist, Dostoyevsky, Edgar Allan Poe, endodontist, Graham Greene, Hans Christian Anderson, healthcare, immigrants, James Joyce, Peter Ungar, Snow Patrol, teeth, Theodore Ziolkowski, Thomas Dai, Thomas Mann, Thoreau, tooth pain, toothache, trauma, Valeria Luiselli, zadie smith
Poet Stephen Mills discusses his first two collections,
He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices and A History of the Unmarried, teaching writing, and what’s next. ...more
Tags: A History of the Unmarried, AIDS, David Kirby, Dee Goertz, Denise Duhamel, Diane Wakoski, Frank O'Hara, Gay Marriage, He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices, HIV, James Joyce, Jeffrey Dahmer, Julie Marie Wade, Kathy Barbour, LGBTQ, mad men, marriage, matthew weiner, Mina Loy, Not Everything Thrown Starts a Revolution, poetry, pop culture, Reginald Shepherd, Rilke, Shirley Jackson, Stephen Mills, T.S. Eliot, teaching, teaching writing, The Waste Land, virginia woolf
Authors whose works have been challenged or banned give recommendations on other “uncomfortable” books that will make you a better person for having read them.
Tags: 10000 Dresses, A Midwinter Break, A Time to Kill, Alain Deneault, Alice Walker, American Library Association, Andrew Aydin, Angie Thomas, banned books, beloved, Bernard MacLaverty, censorship, Charles Johnson, chris hedges, crank, Daughter of the Forrest, David France, Edward P. Jones, Einstein's Beach House, Ellen Hopkins, Emily Rosenblum, Empire of Illusions, growing, Harper Lee, Heather Has Two Mommies, How to Survive a Plague, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Imperial Canada Inc, In the Night Kitchen, It's Perfectly Normal, Jacob M. Appel, James Joyce, Janet Fitch, John Grisham, John Lewis, Juliet Marillier, Leslea Newman, Life is Funny, Love Comes Later, MARCH series, Marcus Ewert, Margo Lanagan, mariko tamaki, maurice sendak, Maya Angelou, Middle Passage, Mohana Rajakumar, Nate Powell, Nawal El Saadawi, No Choirboy, reading recommendations, Rex Ray, Robie H. Harris, Spencer Folkins, Susan Kuklin, Tender Morsels, the bluest eye, The Color Purple, The Hate U Give, The Known World, This One Summer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Toni Morrison, Ulysses, What to Read When, White Oleander, Woman at Point Zero
Kool A.D. discusses his debut novel,
OK, the war on drugs, systemic destruction of left-leaning movements by the government, and the inability to escape American capitalism. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Aimé Césaire, America, Amiri Baraka, Andrew Duncan Worthington, Bay Area, Books, capitalism, character names, Charles Bukowski, Das Racist, Donald Trump, drugs, electric kool-aid acid test, hip-hop, Hunter S. Thompson, jack kerouac, James Joyce, ken kesey, Kool A.D., motherhood, Music, obama, OK, Politics, rap, Resist, resistance, Saul Williams, Sorry House Press, systemic racism, tao lin, Trump, war on drugs, William S. Burroughs
Viet Than Nguyen discusses his story collection
The Refugees, growing up in a Vietnamese community in San Jose in the 1980s, and the power of secondhand memories. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, adolescence, beverly parayno, child abuse, childhood, domestic violence, dubliners, Edward P. Jones, family, Fatherland, filipino, gender, gender roles, identity, immigrants, James Joyce, loss, Lost in the City, love, middle school, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, paris, Philippines, political writing, Provincetown, PTSD, Pulitzer Prize, Quimby Oak Junior High School, refugees, Saigon, San Francisco, San José, short fiction, short stories, silicon valley, Syrian refugees, The Refugees, The Sympathizer, trauma, UC Berkeley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Vietnamese, violence, World War II
This week, I’ve found myself thinking about heroism. What makes a hero, anyway? Who should we choose for our heroes? When I was around fourteen, I developed a hero crush on W. C. Fields, of all people! I was delighted when I read about the time he and John Barrymore gave a ride to a […]
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler, Aleister Crowley, angela davis, Argyle C. Klopnik, Betsy Devos, Bill Wilson, Carrie Nation, Charles Bukowski, Charles Kruger, Donald Trump, Eleanor Roosevelt, ezra pound, gay rights, Harriet Tubman, helen keller, hero, heroes, James Joyce, Jim Jones, John Barrymore, Morris Knight, Phyllis Schlafly, The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse, trans, Trump, W.C. Fields
First, we must recognize our removal from the machinations of the shadows. The screen stands between us and the internal world depicted on it. There is no communion. ...more
Tags: Cassandra, cinema, Film, James Joyce, Katharine Coldiron, Nietzsche, Plato, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Von Trapp, writers, writing
Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his story collection
Insurrections, father relationships, hip-hop, knowing when to abandon a project, and choosing not to workshop certain stories. ...more
Tags: awp, black lives matter, Bowie State University, Chance the Rapper, Drown, dubliners, Earl Sweatshirt, Edward P. Jones, fascism, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and sons, flash fiction, flashback, Flying Lotus, George Mason University, Gloria Naylor, Hamilton, hip-hop, Insurrections, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Iraq, James Joyce, Junot Diaz, Kendrick Lamar, Kiese Laymon, Lost in the City, marlon james, Mensah Demary, MFA, relationships, Rion Amilcar Scott, short fiction, short stories, Stephen King, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, To Pimp a Butterfly, untitled unmastered, Women of Brewster Place, workshop, writing, YG
Derek Teslik tackles the importance of running for an author—and listening to Joyce audiobooks while doing so—in an essay over at The Millions: So, for this last run, I wanted to up the mental game somehow, maybe simulate the brutality of the last six miles without running them. What better way to test my fortitude than […]
You don’t like to quit, but need a nudge to wade back into the novel’s overflowing streams of character consciousness, arcane references and shifting structure to follow those people going about life in Dublin on June 16, 1904. Yes, another Bloomsday has come and gone, and maybe you didn’t get around to finishing James Joyce’s […]
Danniel Schoonebeek discusses living a quiet life in the Catskills, the importance of travel, partying in the woods with poets, and how capitalism forces people to be cruel to each other.
Tags: American Barricade, Amtrak, Anna Moschovakis, Ben Sandman, book readings, book tour, Boston Review, Brian Blanchfield, Brooklyn, C. D. Wright, capitalism, Catskills, C’est la guerre, Danniel Schoonebeek, day job, Debt, Delhi, Don Mee Choi, dubliners, ESL, Hardly War, Hatchet Job, Hollywood, Izumi Inoue, James Joyce, landscape, Lo Kwa-Mei-en, Look, National Poetry Series, Olivia Laing, PEN Poetry Series, poetry, Proxies, publishing industry, reading series, rhetorical device, second person, Solmaz Sharif, teaching writing, The Bees Make Money in the Lion, the believer, Tin House, trains, travel, travelogue, Trébuchet, U of Georgia Press, university press, Valerie Solanas, YesYes, YesYes Books
At the New York Times, Karl Ove Knausgaard describes how Joyce’s Portrait included him in literature’s potential in a way that Ulysses didn’t: In “Portrait,” Joyce ventures inside that part of our identity for which no language yet exists, probing into the space between what belongs to the individual alone and what is ours together, exploring […]
Survival is not always cute, politically responsible, mature, or sober. Survival is ramshackle, as is tolerance. ...more
Tags: anti-miscegenation laws, Blood Meridian, Blues Clues, body, Brooklyn, canon, Capote, dialectical behavioral therapy, Distress Tolerance, Gale Thompson, george orwell, Hart Crane, hawaii, Herman Melville, hong kong, identity, James Baldwin, James Joyce, Kamden Hilliard, Michael Dickman, modernism, oral sex, place, poetry, Racism, rape, sexual assault, stereotypes, survival, Toni Morrison, trauma
For The Millions, Austin Ratner documents the relationship between the “forgotten” Irish writer James Stephens and the famed James Joyce. Despite starting as literary rivals, Joyce wanted Stephens to finish Finnegans Wake if he ever lost his eyesight. In addition, the essay examines Stephens’s influence on other well-known Irish writers, including Seán O’Casey and Eugene O’Neill.
Lit Hub has been sharing excerpts of classic favorites to help weather the brutal cold—or, well, the mild cold, as is the case here in New York. Cozy up with the quiet desperation and harsh weather of James Joyce’s “The Dead,” Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or Guy de Maupassant’s “The First Snowfall.”
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.
There’s always Stephen’s classic hangover cure, “The Cabman’s Kickstart.” Simply stare with weary ennui at a stale dinner roll while insulting a cup of coffee. Over at Melville House, resident Joyce expert and author of An Exaggerated Murder, Josh Cook, is impersonating Ulysses’s hero, Leopold Bloom, and answering your most distressing questions in a new monthly advice […]
In the latest installment of Lexicon Valley over at Slate, Katy Waldman considers how to use an ellipsis with the aid of F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and T.S. Eliot.
Mary Karr talks about her new book
The Art of Memoir, the perception of memoir from a “trashy” form, the virtues of poetry, and the complexity of truth-telling. ...more
Tags: Amy Tan, autobiographical fiction, autobiography, Black Boy, carnal, catholicism, Daniel Defoe, doubt, Emma Winsor Wood, form, Frank Conroy, Fresh Air, Geourge Saunders, Greg Mortenson, Harper, helen keller, human connection, James Joyce, Journal of a Plague Year, Karl Ove Knausgard, Mary Karr, Maya Angelou, memoir, Mona Simpson, Native Son, poetry, quotation marks, religion, richard wright, San Francisco, Seamus Heaney, self-consciousness, sensory, structure, Syracuse University, Taliban, Terry Gross, The American Academy, The Art of Memoir, Three Cups of Tea, Tillie Olsen, Toni Morrison, trashiness, truth
David Lipsky, whose book was recently adapted into the movie
The End of the Tour, discusses his career as a writer and journalist as it’s evolved in the twenty years since his road trip with David Foster Wallace. ...more
Tags: Absolutely American, Adelle Waldman, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, Anthony Trollope, Aspen Summer Words, Borges, Curtis Sittenfeld, David Foster Wallace, David Lipsky, george saunders, GLAAD, Graham Oliver, Harpers, hemmingway, infinite jest, James Joyce, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, journalism, Lolita, Lorrie Moore, MFA, My Dinner with Andre, National Magazine Award, On Writing, Persuasian Nation, Poe, Prep, Raymond Carver, road trip, Rolling Stone, Stephen King, Sundance Film Festival, tarantino, Tender Is the Night, Texas Book Festival, The Art Fair, the corrections, The End of the Tour, The Parrot and the Igloo, Three Thousand Dollars, West Point, writing schedule
At The Millions, Nick Ripatrazone meditates on literature, breakfast, and New Jersey.