Saturday 10/10: Katie Degentesh and Katy Bohinc join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Christopher Lee, Sarah Thomas, Nathan Myers, Karen Less, Bradman, Nicole Basta, Christian Polanco, Katie Haller, and Padty join the Say Yes series. 1013 Pacific Street, 8 p.m.., free. Monday 10/12: Matt Bell, Lincoln Michel, Merritt Tierce, and Naomi Jackson […]
How we ended up in those backwoods hills was Iris said we needed to ‘get a little air,’ and Dolan added, ‘country air!’ and that was that. Iris was my lover, and Dolan was her roommate I’d never liked. All of us were alive, at that point. Lincoln Michel has a new short story, “Dark […]
There’s never been a better time to join The Rumpus Book Club, either by the month or by the year. If you join now, we’ll throw in a bonus: your choice of the Rumpus Tote Bag or the Rumpus Quotes Mug! This offer is for a limited time only, and is available only to new subscribers and […]
All-you-can-read subscription services are finding that readers of romance novels are heavy users. The service Scribd is removing some romance titles because voracious sex-fiends are reading too many of the sultry books. Over at Electric Lit, Lincoln Michel explains why heavy users hurt the economics of these services: Let’s say you are paying creators two […]
When it comes to the slush pile, nobody wins: writers lose money submitting into a void while editors lose time skimming work that barely resembles their publication’s criteria. Lincoln Michael offers a few suggestions for improving the system.
Readers stop reading a book they enjoy when they put it down and forget to come back. Readers finish books they hate when they are assigned it for book clubs or else they want to hate-read and laugh about [it] with their friends . . . Just as a half-read book isn’t necessarily a failure, […]
George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire isn’t native advertising for Sparkling ICE and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey… but a brand manager can dream. Over at Electric Literature, Lincoln Michel wonders what would have happened if famous literary works were meant to be a forum for advertising.
Many people who buy exclusively e-books still like to browse in physical bookstores and look at physical books. The printed book is far from dead. At BuzzFeed Books, Lincoln Michel has an essay on the future of the ongoing battle between print and e-books—and it has a happy ending.
As reported by Lincoln Michel at Electric Literature, Shya Scanlon has launched The Twin Peaks Project, which invites authors to write about the influence of David Lynch’s television show. The project’s first post, written by Scanlon, is live on The Believer Logger.
Mark Luce, who teaches literature and history at the Barstow School in Kansas City, has a new column at Electric Literature, reviewing books that he and the school’s librarian have recently removed from the collection. His first “Discarded Pile” post is on German Secret Weapons: Blueprint for Mars by Brian J. Ford.
Over at BuzzFeed Books, Lincoln Michel asks Alena Graedon, Scott Cheshire, Julia Fierro, and D. Foy, who all just released their first novel, to talk about their writing influences, literary commitments, and elevator pitching their first books.
What does “realism” mean, anyway? Over at Ploughshares, Rumpus contributor and Gigantic magazine editor Lincoln Michel discusses the problems of the term “realism” when it comes to literature: I tend to think it is an ill-defined term, not a useful way to think of most fiction, and it spawns some of the worst criticism. “It […]
The latest issue of Guernica is out, and it’s a doozy. The special issue—the first of 4 such issues funded by a Kickstarter campaign—takes on the American South. Features include novelist Kiese Laymon in conversation with his mother on language and love in the South (check out our own interview with Laymon here) and Rumpus contributor Lincoln Michel‘s […]
This past weekend, an event of historical import occurred: the #candylit hashtag on Twitter. Started by Lincoln Michel with a “Fall of the House of Gushers” pun, it combined book titles with the names of confectionery treats. BuzzFeed Books rounded up a few of their favorites, including the Rumpus’s “Dubli-nerds by James Almond Joyce” gag, and […]
Saturday 12/7: Natalie Eilbert, Mike Bushnell, Rob Ostrom, and Christie Ann Reynolds inaugurate the Banquet reading series with an evening of poetry. Eilbert is the founder and editor of The Atlas Review. The Banquet series was launched intending to highlight the intersection of poetry performance and audience experience; it is the product of curators Joshua Kleinberg, […]
If you like Timothy Leo Taranto’s literary puns here on the Rumpus, you’ll also enjoy these Halloween-themed literary puns over at Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Written and illustrated by Rumpus contributor Lincoln Michel, they turn your favorite authors into scary monsters, including Louise Eldritch and Sheila Yeti (author, it goes without saying, of How Should A Cryptid […]
Adrian Van Young, whose fiction wades in traditions formed by writers like Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, and Edgar Allan Poe, explores horror, terror, and the supernatural in new and unexpected ways.
I think that most of us believe that time doesn’t really exist outside of the school. Or at least we act like it does not. This is to say, we know that in theory there was life before the school and that there will be life after the school if we can ever get out. […]
As a fiction writer, I sometimes get jealous of the storytelling freedom in comics. With prose writing, everyone seems determined to fit stories into predefined boxes. A work must be “literary” or it must be “genre,” it must be “science fiction” or it must be “fantasy,” it must be “serious” or it must be “comedy,” […]
Rumpus contributor Lincoln Michel’s story “A Note on Type” tells the jealousy and revenge filled saga of the Berdych typeface. “Heyduk designed the typeface to cause strain in the eyes when reading and to impart a lingering ocular discomfort throughout the day.”