Water is a precious resource; my portable soda stream honors that fact. ...more
Tags: Africa, animal exploitation, blogging, Caoilinn Hughes, charlie kaufman, Dan Brown, Everest, food blog, free books, Funny Women, gap year, humor, james franco, kafka, kerouac, Meta, mockumentary, On the Road, road trip, safari, teaching, threesomes, tibet
Rachel Genn discusses her new novel, WHAT YOU COULD HAVE WON.
Tags: addiction, Amy Winehouse, And Other Stories, Dries Van Noten, drugs, hilary mantel, Jo Varnish, kafka, Mat Treiber, Max Brod, music industry, musicians, neuroscience, Paul Celan, perspective, point of view, power dynamics, psychiatrist, psychiatry, Rachel Genn, rehab, relationships, satire, science, social satire, the cure, the sopranos, tony soprano, Ursula K. Le Guin, What You Could Have Won
Ariel Francisco discusses his new poetry collection, A SINKING SHIP IS STILL A SHIP.
Tags: A Sinking Ship Is Still a Ship, A Tradition of Rupture, Alejandra Pizarnik, Ariel Francisco, bilingual, Book Club, BreakBeat Poets, brian spears, Brooklyn, Broward, Broward County, Burrow Press, coronavirus, COVID-19, Dade, Dade County, florida, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Wilma, hurricanes, José Nicolás Cabrera-Schneider, Julie R. Enszer, kafka, LatiNext, pandemic, poems, poetry, poetry book club, polylingual, Quarantine, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Shorty Bon-Bon, Social Media, South Florida, The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4, The Crazy Bunch, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, translation, translator, Willie Perdomo
Howard Axelrod discusses his new book, THE STARS IN OUR POCKETS.
Tags: Amy Danzer, attention span, Barack Obama, big data, capitalism, climate change, creative nonfiction, crime and punishment, Curiosity, Czeslaw Milosz, data, David Foster Wallace, digital age, empathy, Facebook, genre, Gerald Edelman, google, Henry Thoreau, Howard Axelrod, identity, kafka, Leslie Jamison, Maggie Nelson, Marilynne Robinson, mary gaitskill, Mary Oliver, nature, Olivia Laing, Rebecca Solnit, smartphones, Social Media, technocapitalism, technology, The Argonauts, The Faraway Nearby, The Lonely City, the natural world, The Recovering, The Stars in Our Pockets, William James
Vikram Paralkar discusses his debut novel, NIGHT THEATER.
Tags: afterlife, Asghar Farhadi, atheism, atheist, Bach, bodies, bureaucracy, catapult, death, Ficciones, human body, Hume, hyperrealism, India, Jorge Luis Borges, kafka, magical realism, medical, medicine, morality, murder, ngmar Bergman, Night Theater, religion, Sarah Blake, Satyajit Ray, science, science fiction, Socrates, Supernatural, Surgeon, surgery, The Afflictions, The Trial, The Wounds of the Dead, trust, Vikram Paralkar, violence
Then a light turns on and a panic sets in, like noise: unassailable, unnameable. ...more
Tags: anxiety, Chances with Wolves, colette, David Ramsey, depression, Dublin, expat, expatriot, Intimacy, Ireland, Jona Xhepa, kafka, Mina Loy, moving, rental, rooms, setting, The Agony of a Partition, The Man Who Sleeps, The Rainy Moon
Helen Phillips discusses her new novel, THE NEED.
Tags: alopecia universalis, Breastfeeding, Dept. of Speculation, doppelganger, Exit West, Fever Dream, Frances Yackel, Frankenstein, genre, Helen Phillips, horror, identity, Italo Calvino, Jenny Offill, kafka, Karen Russell, Margaret Atwood, Mary Shelley, Mohsin Hamid, motherhood, nursing, on monsters, Orange World, Renata Adler, Rett syndrome, Samantha Schweblin, science fiction, Some Possible Solutions, speculative fiction, Speedboat, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, The Handmaid's Tale, The Need, Thriller, Ursula K. Le Guin
Your mind doesn’t play tricks on you. You play tricks on your mind. ...more
Tags: addiction, anti-semitism, anxiety, Auschwitz, body image, comfort eating, Darwin, David Shields, depression, divorce, Donald Trump, fathers, fathers and sons, fear, food, Food Stamps, hunger, Jewish, judaism, kafka, Krav Maga, Manhattan, mental illness, Monsey, Moshe Schulman, nazis, New York City, noise, orthodox, Orthodox Jews, Patrimony, philip roth, poverty, Rosh Hashanah, schizophrenia, second person, subway, Susan Cheever, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, Trump, Yom Kippur, YouTube
Jesse Ball discusses his new novel,
Census, the inherent sinister nature of institutions, and creating imaginary authors. ...more
Tags: A Cure for Suicide, absurdism, absurdist, Agota Kristof, Alice Oswald, Archipelago, Barthelme, Book Club, book design, census, cormorants, Down syndrome, Ecco, Fleur Jaeggy, gogol, High Fidelity, Hotel Theory, hyenas, Jesse Ball, kafka, Marisa Siegel, melville house, Pantheon, Pushkin Press, Rilke, Rumpus Book Club, Samanta Schweblin, SPD, Thomas Bernhard, Tsetaeva, Vera & Linus, vintage, W.G. Sebald, Walser, wayne koestenbaum, Whitman
Nicole Krauss discusses her new novel
Forest Dark, provoking questions about reality with her work, and trusting readers to think for themselves. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, alex dueben, autofiction, desert, faith, Forest Dark, Great House, History of Love, israel, Jewish, Joseph Brodsky, judaism, kafka, King David, marriage, Max Brod, motherhood, Negev, nicole krauss, On Writing, palestine, poetry, religion, research, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Tel Aviv, Yuval Harari
Nathan Englander talks about his new novel,
Dinner at the Center of the Earth, the experience of being interviewed, and why he believes books can save lives. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Camus, Candide, David Foster Wallace, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, israel, Jerusalem, Jewish, Joseph Stalin, kafka, marc maron, Marilynn Robinson, Mossad, motherhood, mothers, mothers and sons, Nathan Englander, palestine, paris, religion, ryan krull, spies, spy novels, voltaire, Waiting for Guffman
Jeff Wood discusses
The Glacier, his genre-bending book combining novel, poetry, screenplay, and collage, how heritage has become a brand, and the American Midwest. ...more
Tags: 89 Seconds at Alcazar, A Rumpus Interview, berlin, Berlin Quarterly, Columbus, election 2016, Eve Sussman, illness, Jeff Wood, jon raymond, kafka, Midwest, neoconservatism, New York Foundation of the Arts, Nicholas Rombes, nuclear, Ohio, poetry, Politics, Rufus Corporation, Sam Shepard, screenplays, Selina Scheumann, Stanley Kubrick, suburbs, Terrence Malick, The Glacier, The Rape of the Sabine Women, The Removals, tourism, Trump, Two Dollar Radio, whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir
Jenny Zhang discusses her story collection
Sour Heart, trying to escape the past, collective versus individual responsibility for trauma, and love as imprisonment. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Alice Sola Kim, Anna North, Asian, Asian American, childhood, China, Chinese, code switching, Communist Party of China, Elizabeth Tallent, Emma Winsor Wood, Evolution of my Brother, family, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, girlhood, gone with the wind, immigrants, immigration, intergenerational trauma, Jenny Zhang, kafka, karan mahajan, language, love, one hundred years of solitude, Our Mothers Before Them, parents, poetry, poverty, Racism, short fiction, short stories, Sour Heart, Tony Tulathimutte, trauma, vice, whiteness, Women Writers of Color
David Burr Gerrard’s new novel The Epiphany Machine is one of the more ambitious books you’ll read this year, centering on a device that can reveal the epiphany of your life by tattooing the words onto your arm. “ABANDONS WHAT MATTERS MOST” is just one example of the sort of permanent self-owns that get written […]
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Books, Columbia University, David Burr Gerrard, In the Penal Colony, james franco, kafka, philip roth, Ryan Sartor, tattoos, The Epiphany Machine, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Whom Wants To Cry
I have known the poet Elizabeth Metzger since kindergarten—and ever since I have known her, she has been a poet. When we played the The Game of Life, a board game, she wrote small lyrics about the futures we ended the game with; when I had a crush, she wrote light verse about the boys […]
Tags: birth, Boston Review, death, Dorothea Lasky, Elizabeth Metzger, Emily Dickinson, Emma Winsor Wood, grief, Horsethief Books, kafka, loss, Max Ritvo, miscarriages, motherhood, poetry, The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Spirit Papers
Jon Raymond is one of Portland’s finest wordsmiths. His writing spans TV, film, short story, novel, art criticism, and a hefty array of magazine work. His new novel, Freebird, is the story of a Californian Jewish family entangled in clashing politics, unspoken histories, and personal dissolve. The Singers are Holocaust survivor Sam, his contemptuous children, […]
Tags: Angels, Books, California, Denis Johnson, Donald Trump, faith, family, freebird, God, historical trauma, Holocaust, Jewish, jon raymond, Jonathan Raban, judaism, kafka, Legacy, Liz Asch, Oregon, phylogenetic memory, Politics, Portland, religion, research, siblings, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, trauma, Trump
We are excited to offer a preview of artwork from Paul Madonna’s new book,
On to the Next Dream, alongside an interview with our current Comics Editor, Brandon Hicks, and an exclusive excerpt. ...more
Tags: absurdist, absurdist fiction, All Over Coffee, Beckett, book excerpt, brandon hicks, Comics, Donald Barthelme, Etgar Keret, eviction, Ionesco, kafka, On to the Next Dream, paul madonna, San Francisco, San Francisco Chronicle, Sartre
Harry Potter reduces prejudice towards immigrants. Why facts don’t change your mind. Kafka (unsurprisingly?) had insomnia. A new clue in the great German crime drama of 1694. Hands-free typing with your brain: now a thing.
I couldn’t believe there could be a famous book that was so radically unsatisfying. I remember thinking, how can he even be a famous author if he fucks you over this badly? It just seemed like a disaster. At the Atlantic, Jonathan Lethem writes about discovering Franz Kafka as a teenager. Later, Kafka’s ‘leopards’ aphorism would influence […]
Max Ritvo passed away on August 23, 2016. Earlier this summer, he spoke with Sarah Blake about his debut collection
Four Reincarnations, writing with and about cancer, and how language is a game. ...more
Tags: AEONS, Books, break-ups, cancer, Cancersong, Cancersong: An Autobiographical Liberetto, college, death, debut authors, debut collection, Dialaudid, Egon Schiele, first book, Greek mythology, illness, interview, Jackson Pollock, Jean Valentine, John Berryman, kafka, Louise Glück, lucie brock-broido, Max Ritvo, Milkweed Editions, Music, Nathaniel Mackey, Nina Simone, Philip Glass, philosophy, Plato, poems, poetry, propofol, radiohead, Raku, Sarah Blake, Sarah Ruhl, Suleika Jaouad, surrealism, the four reincarnations, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, therapy, Tom Waits, Van Gogh, Wittgenstein
I read the Assistant Warden’s e-mail four or five times, but I still could not grasp its implications. All I could think about was the ten copies of Toni Morrison’s Beloved I had just bought. For Lit Hub, Mikita Brottman details her experience having the book club she ran at the Jessup Correctional Facility be […]
Over at the New Yorker, Lydia Kiesling writes about workplace fiction, typically seen as a male-centric dominion overseen by writers like Kafka, as written by women from Helen Phillips in The Beautiful Bureaucrat to Terry McMillan in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
I do not think it means what you think it means: Do words mean what the dictionary says they mean, or do they gain meaning through the way we use them? Any person without an agenda knows the answer is “both.”
Because borders are so weird, words proliferate. Along with arbitrary, nonsensical violence—and strange, unpredictable exceptions—people talk a lot and lots of papers get filed, even as all of it is, in practice, evacuated of meaning. For The New Inquiry, Aaron Bady thinks through the poetics and the “Kafka-esque” violence of borders. His thoughts culminate in […]
I recognize something in the stories… It’s the culture of “I made it” versus the culture of staying behind, the culture of achievement versus the culture of guilt. ...more
Tags: Abuse, Amina Gautier, Anjanette Delgado, chick-lit, crime, day job, genre, Jane Austen, kafka, Last Book I Loved, Patti Smith, poverty, publishing industry, shame, suicide, The Loss of All Lost Things, widow, women writers
Bruce Bauman discusses his latest book,
Broken Sleep, why rock isn’t dead (yet), how humor makes life bearable, and why we should reinstate the draft. ...more
Tags: 2666, And the Word Was, Anna Karenina, art world, Bomb, Bookforum, Broken Sleep, Bruce Bauman, California Institute of the Arts, contemporary arts, draft, epic, epic novel, Groucho Marx, humor, Intimacy, Iraq, irony, kafka, L.A. Times, Lenny Bruce, Moby Dick, Nietzsche, Other Press, pynchon, rock and roll, rock n roll, saga, salon, Seth Blake, The Brothers Karamazov, The Insatiables, Venice Biennale, war, World War II, WWII
The Berlin-based author Yoko Tawada recently remarked that one of the difficulties she faced when translating Kafka’s short story “Metamorphosis” into Japanese was that the associations Japanese people had with insects—even presumably giant beetles—were different to those of Europeans. In the Japan Times, Damian Flanagan traces the difficulties of translating “insect literature.”
The Rumpus Book Club talks with Paul Lisicky about his new book
The Narrow Door>/em>, how much of your story you own, and the importance of reading your own work aloud. ...more
Tags: blogging, brevity, cancer, Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, friendship, Hejira, hospice, Joni Mitchell, Joy Williams, kafka, laurie hertzel, Lawnboy, loss, mary gaitskill, Meghan Daum, memoir, Metamorphosis, musicality, Paul Lisicky, place, repetition, Rutgers University, Selfish Shallow and Self-Absorbed, Sound, teaching writing, The Mare, The Narrow Door, The Rumpus Book Club, The Visiting Privilege
Over at the New York Times, David Farley writes about Prague and its connections to Kafka, from the 36-foot high Kafka head made of forty-two rotating chrome plates to the various buildings that lay claim to his residence—all the hotspots for the traveling Kafka literati.
Laurie Foos discusses her latest novel,
The Blue Girl, feminism, Michael Jackson, and mythical moon pies. ...more
Tags: absurdity, Alice Munro, Cate Marvin, Cheryl Strayed, coffee house press, Elvis Presley, Erin Belieu, Ex Utero, female body, feminism, fertility, fiction, first lines, Interviews, kafka, Laurie Foos, lyz lenz, Metamorphosis, michael jackson, motherhood, mothers and daughters, pop culture, Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist, Roxane Gay, satire, The Blue Girl, The Weird, Thomas Ligotti, Twinship, vida count, writing