The most truthful we can be in a factual genre is to doubt the attainability of fact at all. ...more
Rumpus editors share their favorite winter reads.
Tags: 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, Alfred Lansing, Animals Strike Curious Poses, Anna Karenina, Boy Snow Bird, C.S. Lewis, Chase Twichell, Chronicles of Narnia, Cynthia Barnett, Donna Tartt, Eleanor Catton, Elena Passarello, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, Eowyn Ivey, Eva Saulitis, Helen Oyeyemi, Hyperboreal, in cold blood, James Meek, Jensen Beach, Joan Naviyuk Kane, John McPhee, Juliana Spahr, Katharine Coles, Katy Didden, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Many Ways To Say It, Marie-Helene Bertino, Mat Johnson, Oranges, Overwinter, Pym, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, Ratika Kapur, reading recommendations, Rene Denfeld, Swallowed by the Cold, That Winter the Wolf Came, The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica, The Child Finder, The Earth is Not Flat, The Glacier's Wake, The Left Hand of Darkness, the Luminaries, The People's Act of Love, The Secret History, The Snow Child, The Snow Watcher, tolstoy, Truman Capote, Ursula K. Le Guin, What to Read When
Just a “heads up” (as they say in the sports world): this isn’t your average sports list.
Tags: A Sense of Where You Are, Adrian Matejka, Against Football, Apocalyptic Swing, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, Booked, bury me in my jersey, Chad Harbach, Chris Bachelder, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Girl Through Glass, Haruki Murakami, Jessica Luther, John McPhee, Kerry Howley, Kwame Alexander, Megan Abbott, Natalie Diaz, reading list, reading recommendations, Sari Wilson, Steve Almond, The Art of Feilding, The Big Smoke, The Throwback Special, Thrown, tom mcallister, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, What to Read When, When My Brother Was An Aztec, William Finnegan, You Will Know Me
Poet Erik Kennedy discusses literary community and his formative years as a young writer in New Jersey, and shares two new prose poems.
Tags: 9/11, Adam Fitzgerald, Alex Dimitrov, Alicia Ostriker, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman, Anselm Berrigan, Ashleigh Young, Australia, Billy Collins, Black Mountain, Cape May, Claire Henderson, Denise Duhamel, diversity, Doc Drumheller, Douglas Piccinnini, Eleanor Catton, Erik Kennedy, expats, form, germany, grad school, jack kerouac, James Norcliffe, John McPhee, joyce carol oates, Junot Diaz, Justin Woo, Kerrin P. Sharpe, language, lit mag, literary magazine, Lois Marie Harrod, mark strand, Mayhem Poets, Māori, Melissa Wyse, MFA, Miguel Algarín, Munich, New Brunswick, New Jersey, new york, New Zealand, Nuyorican Café, nuyorican poet's cafe, NYC vs. MFA, Objet d’Art, On the Road, Pacific Northwest, patrick rosal, paul auster, Paul Muldoon, Princeton, Queen Mob's Teahouse, R A Villanueva, Reid Bingham, Rita Banerjee, Rita Dove, robert hass, Robert Pinsky, rutgers, Rutgers University, Seattle, slam poetry, Steven Toussaint, Suman Sridhar, The Anthologist, UK, Verbal Mayhem, Wildwood, William Carlos Williams, Yusef Komunyakaa
Writing for The Millions, M.C. Mah turns over all the cards in the deck on structure in storytelling. He gathers words of wisdom—and many metaphors—from luminaries like John McPhee, Borges, Vonnegut, and George Saunders, and then links the contemporary “horoscopic style” of structuring to an “anxiety about a better way to tell a story…” possibly […]
Maybe my faith that the profoundest feeling we’re offered by art that really hits us deep in is a setting free, a series of screens or horizons obliterated somehow lovingly. ...more
Tags: Adam Plunkett, Bender, Bob Hicok, Charles Wright, Coming into the Country, Copper Canyon, Dean Young, driving, Fall Higher, fatherhood, First Course in Turbulence, Jennifer Boyden, Jericho Brown, John McPhee, Jolie Holland, Jorie Graham, Matt Hart, Maureen McLane, McPhee, Olena Kalytiak Davis, parenting, Paul Westerberg, poetry, Run The Jewels, surrealism, tarantino, Terrance Hayes, Weston Cutter
Swati Khurana talks to the author of
The Pathless Sky, a love story centered around place, the state’s authority, statelessness, and geology. ...more
Tags: activism, Americanah, Annals of the Former World, Annie Dillard, Another Country, Austin, beloved, Chaitali Sen, Chinelo Okparanta, citizenship, Colson Whitehead, Cornell, Edward P. Jones, geology, home, immigration, India, Indian-American writers, Jaishri Abichandani, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, John Henry Days, John McPhee, love story, Memoirs of an Unrepentant Field Geologist, MFA, New York City, Peter Carey, place, refugee crisis, Richard Fortey, setting, Swati Khurana, The Known World, The Maytrees, The Pathless Sky, Toni Morrison, Under the Udala Trees, writing about place
In writing, what is not said can be just as important as what is. Over at the New Yorker, John McPhee discusses the art of choosing what to include and what to omit from a piece: Writing is selection. Just to start a piece of writing you have to choose one word and only one from […]
In some piece or other, early on, I said of a person I was writing about that he had a “sincere” mustache. This brought Bingham, manuscript in hand, out of his office and down the hall to mine, as I had hoped it would. A sincere mustache, Mr. McPhee, a sincere mustache? What does that […]
For the New Yorker, John McPhee writes about our dwindling frames of references: Frames of reference are like the constellation of lights, some of them blinking, on an airliner descending toward an airport at night. You see the lights. They imply a structure you can’t see. Inside that frame of reference—those descending lights—is a big airplane with […]