Christopher Gonzalez discusses his debut story collection, I’M NOT HUNGRY BUT I COULD EAT.
Tags: Adele, Alysia Sawchyn, Anthony Medina, Anton Hur, audiobook, audiobooks, Book Club, carmen maria machado, Christian Barillas, Christopher Gonzalez, class inequality, Dancing on My Own, debut collection, eating, flash, flash fiction, food, food writing, Hannah Grieco, helen rosner, hooking up, I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat, Latinx, Latinx literature, Latinx writers, LGBTQ, Love in the Big City, lydia davis, Monica Prince, Puerto Rican, queer, queerness, Robyn, Rumpus Book Club, Sang Young Park, Santa Fe Writers Project, second person, SFWP, short fiction, short stories, Susan Minot, taco bell, Taco Bell Quarterly, The Rumpus Book Club, Tony Chiroldes
Tyler Barton discusses his new story collection, ETERNAL NIGHT AT THE NATURE MUSEUM.
Tags: amy hempel, Chris Bachelder, Eternal Nature at the Nature Museum, flash fiction, jobs, Kate Finegan, Lorrie Moore, lydia davis, Manko, Mary Robison, Mary Ruefle, microfiction, mindfulness, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, poems, Portage, Sarabande, Sarabande Books, Saranac Lake, Tell Me, The Quiet Part Loud, Tyler Barton
“Life is incredibly sad, but it’s also funny, joyful, wonderful, and strange.”
Tags: Alice Munro, American University, Amy Leach, Andrew Beraina, angela carter, bojack horseman, Borges, debut collection, Edward P. Jones, flash fiction, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, george eliot, george saunders, Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, kelly link, lydia davis, Moon City Short Fiction, mothers, One Person Away From You, short fiction, short stories, short story, Steven Millhauser, The Bloody Chamber, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tolstoy, Toni Morrison
Ellene Glenn Moore discusses her debut poetry collection, HOW BLOOD WORKS.
Tags: A Light in the Attic, Anne Carson, Annie Dillard, Ariel Francisco, At the Bottom of the River, Athena Dixon, Beth Ann Fennelly, childhood trauma, COVID, COVID-19, David Hassler, ekphrasis, ekphrastic, ekphrastic poetry, Ellene Glenn Moore, Emma Trelles, florida, Green Writer’s Press, How Blood Works, hybrid, hybrid genre, jamaica kincaid, James Wright, John D'Agata, John James Audubon, Josef Albers, Julie Marie Wade, Kent State University Press, landscape, Lia Purpura, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, lydia davis, lyric essay, Mary Oliver, memory, MFA, pandemic, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, poems, poetry, prose poem, prose poems, Richard Blanco, s.e. smith, Sally Wen Mao, shel silverstein, The Dark Edge of the Bluff, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, The Next American Essay
Lauren Hough discusses her debut essay collection, LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING.
Tags: addiction, Anthony Bourdain, audiobooks, Austin, barrett bowlin, berlin, Changeling, Children of God, Comet Kohoutek, country music, cult, cults, day jobs, debut collection, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Elizabeth McCracken, Emmylou Harris, essay collection, family, gay, Gillian Welch, H is for Hawk, helen macdonald, Jason Isbell, Jeanette Walls, Lara Prescott, Lauren Hough, Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing, LGBTQ, lydia davis, Mary Karr, Massachusetts, memoir, Music, Patty Griffin, queer, Social Media, Taylor Stevens, Texas, The Family, The Secrets We Kept, Townes Van Zandt, travel, traveling, twitter, Vesper Flights, voyeurism, working class
Kim Adrian shares a reading list to celebrate DEAR KNAUSGAARD.
Tags: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, Beasts of No Nation, César Aira, Chris Andrews, Christopher Middleton, Dear Knausgaard, Denise Newman, Fleur Jaeggy, Jordan Stump, Kim Adrian, Kingsley Hart, lydia davis, Marie NDiaye, Minna Zallman Proctor, Naja Marie Aidt, Nina MacLaughlin, Robert Walser, Sculptor’s Daughter, Self-Portrait in Green, Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, summer solstice, Susan Bernofsky, The Cows, The Walk, These Possible Lives, tove jansson, Uzodinma Iweala, What to Read When, When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back
“I work slowly, from sentence to sentence, and attempt to stay attuned to opportunity.”
Tags: Abby Walthausen, animals, Aug 9 - Fog, book covers, book design, Christine Schutt, cover design, Diane Williams, dogs, eating, Kathryn Scanlan, lydia davis, Mike Kelley, Na Kim, pets, power dynamics, power structure, short fiction, short stories, stories, story collection, The Dominant Animal, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, violence, visual art, women's anger
Alexandra Chang discusses her debut novel, DAYS OF DISTRACTION.
Tags: absences, Alexander Sammartino, Alexandra Chang, Anelise Chen, Asian American, Barthes, capitalism, consumerism, Days of Distraction, debut novel, Essays One, Ezekiel Joubert, fragmented, fragments, Ithaca, lydia davis, Mary Robison, personal branding, Pitch Dark, Renata Adler, silence, So Many Olympic Exertions, Social Media, Stéphane Mallarmé, tech culture, tech industry, technology, upstate new york, Why Did I Ever
Jenn Shapland discusses MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS.
Tags: A Year Without a Name, Amelia Gray, Amir Levine, Attached, audre lorde, Between The Covers, biography, Bodhisattva Mind, carmen maria machado, Carson McCullers, Cyrus Grace Dunham, dissertation, Dunce, Elisa Gabbert, gay, Harry Ransom Center, Heart Berries, Illumination and Night Glare, In the Dream House, Isadora, Jaquira Díaz, Jean Stein, Jenn Shapland, Julia Koets, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, lydia davis, Mary Ruefle, memoir, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Nathalie Leger, Ninety-nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, Ordinary Girls, Pema Chödrön, queer, queerness, Rachel S. F. Heller, residencies, residency, Sheila Heti, Suite for Barbara Loden, T Kira Madden, Terese Mailhot, The Lonely Hunter, The Rib Joint, The Word Pretty, Tin House, Tin House Books, Vermont STudio Center, Virginia Spencer Carr, Writing Residency, zadie smith, Zami
Idra Novey discusses THOSE WHO KNEW.
Tags: #metoo, Attempts at a life, Baba Dunja’s Last Love, Book Club, Book of Hulga, Camille Rankine, class inequality, Danielle Dutton, Diane Williams, Eula Biss, Eva Woods, Eye Level, family, gay characters, Goncalo Tavares, Idra Novey, Imperfect Merciful Impulses, Jenny Xie, Jesse Ball, lydia davis, Mad Honey Symposium, Maggie Nelson, Margaret the First, Marisa Siegel, masculinity, money, motherhood, mothers, Oculus, parenting, patriarchy, Politics, Rachel Heng, Rita Mae Reese, Rumpus Book Club, Sally Wen Mao, Shirley Jackson, Silence Once Begun, Suicide Club, Those Who Knew, Tim Mohr, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
A list of books written by women, translated by women, and in many instances, both!
Tags: A Red Cherry on a White-tiled Floor, Alejandra Piznarik, Alison L. Strayer, Ann Goldstein, Anna Swir, Annie Ernaux, Asa Yoneda, Banana Yoshimoto, Basma Abdel Aziz, Bright Scythe, Chi-Young Kim, Chika Sagawa, Christina MacSweeney, Clarice Lispector, Czeslaw Milosz, Death in Spring, Deborah Smith, Eileen Chang, elena ferrante, Elisabeth Jaquette, Emily Wilson, Empty Set, Extracting the Stone of Madness, Gustave Flaubert, Half a Lifelong Romance, Han Kang, Karen S. Kingsbury, Kate Briggs, Katrina Dodson, Khaled Mattawa, Kyung-Sook Shin, Leonard Nathan, lydia davis, Martha Tennent, Mercè Rodoreda, Moshi Moshi, Noémi Lefebvre, Patty Crane, Please Look After Mom, Sawako Nakayasu, sophie lewis, Talking to My Body, Tanella Boni, The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn, The Housekeeper and the Professor, the odyssey, The Queue, The Story of My Teeth, The Vegetarian, The Years, This Little Art, Todd Fredson, Tomas Tranströmer, translation, translator, Troubling Love, Valeria Luiselli, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, What to Read When, Women in Translation, Women in Translation Month, Yoko Ogawa, Yvette Siegert
The 2018 Whiting Awards winners share books that have inspired them, plus a giveaway!
Tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Agnes Smedley, amy hempel, Anne Boyer, Antoinette Nwandu, Black Gay Man, Boy with Thorns, brontez purnell, chemistry, Collected Poems, cotton candy on a rainy day, crush, Daughter of Earth, Delicate Edible Birds, Diane di Prima, Esmé Weijun Wang, Feather on the Breath of God, Frederick Douglass, Garments Against Women, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami, Heads of the Colored People, home, lauren groff, lydia davis, Marilynne Robinson, My Bondage and My Freedom, myriam gurba, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Nathan Alan Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Painting Their Portraits in Winter, Patty Yumi Cottrell, reading recommendations, Revolutionary Letters, Richard Siken, Rickey Laurentiis, Robert Hayden, Robert Reid-Pharr, Shunryū Suzuki, Sigrid Nunez, since i laid my burden down, Tennessee Williams, The Border of Paradise, The Collected Schizophrenias, The End of the Story, Tumble Home, Weike Wang, What to Read When, Whiting Award, Whiting Awards, Zen Mind Beginner's Mind
Laurie Stone discusses her story collection,
My Life as an Animal, writing about death, how the reader doesn’t care about you, and the Third Iago. ...more
Tags: alex dueben, André Glaz, audience, autofiction, Édouard Levé, comedy, death, Fresh Air, hybrid genre, Iago, julie hecht, Laughing in the Dark, Laurie Stone, lydia davis, short fiction, short stories, Sidney Poitier, Starting with Serge, The Defiant Ones, The Nation, the village voice, Tony Curtis, TriQuarterly, W.G. Sebald
“[T]here was something really empowering about being honest and open about this part of myself. Somehow, writing helped lessen the shame.”
Tags: A Moveable Feast, addiction, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Cheryl Strayed, Erica Garza, friendship, Gayle Brandeis, gender norms, gender roles, Getting Off, Getting Off: One Woman's Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction, Hemingway, Intimacy, Jaime Herndon, Junot Diaz, Lidia Yuknavitch, lydia davis, masturbation, Mean, memoir, Monogamy, motherhood, myriam gurba, porn, relationships, Sex, sex addict, sex addiction, sexuality, shame, The Art of Misdiagnosis, The Chronology of Water, The Hoffman Process, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, This Is How You Lose Her, Unfinished Business, Varieties of Disturbance, Wild
Rachel B. Glaser discusses her newest poetry collection,
HAIRDO, her writing process, and the books and writers that have influenced her. ...more
Tags: 10:04, After Claude, Bad Sex, Beauty Was the Case That They Gave Me, Ben Lerner, Black Cake, Blood Makes Me Faint but I Go for It, Can You Relax in My House, Cassandra Gillig, Chris Cheney, Christopher DeWeese, clancy martin, confidence, d.h. lawrence, Dara Wier, Dark Green, Dorothea Lasky, Eileen, eileen myles, Emily Hunt, HAIRDO, Iris Owens, James Tate, Lay Me Low, Leopoldine Core, Lucy Ives, lydia davis, Madeline ffitch, Maria Anderson, Mark Leidner, Michael Earl Craig, Miranda July, MOODS, Natalie Lyalin, nineties, Ottessa Moshfegh, Paulina & Fran, Pee on Water, Peter Gizzi, poetry, Rachel B. Glaser, Rachel Glaser, Rebecca Schiff, Seth Landman, The Bed Moved, The Father of the Arrow Is the Thought, the first bad man, Thin Kimono, turret, Valparaiso Round the Horn, When Watched, Women in Love, writing process, You Good Thing
Danzy Senna discusses
New People, inhabiting her characters without judging them, playing with the reality and surreality of identity, and pushing against traditional story arcs. ...more
Tags: 1990s, A Separation, bell hooks, biracial, Book Club, Book clubs, Brooklyn, Camus, Chameleon Street, cults, Danzy Senna, Disgrace, Don't Look Now, Dostoyevsky, Giovanni's Room, hip-hop, horror, James Baldwin, Jonestown, Katie Kitamura, Luther Vandross, lydia davis, Marisa Siegel, mary gaitskill, matthew klam, motherhood, New People, Peoples Temple, Quicksand and Passing, race, Repulsion, Roman Polanski, Rumpus Book Club, Safe, the stranger, the talented mr. ripley, The Tenant, thrillers, Todd Haynes, Toni Morrison, Who Is Rich?
I can’t help but wonder what if, in detangling love stories and our relationships to them, Catron is building yet another narrative—an anti-narrative, perhaps—of love. ...more
Tags: 36 questions, amy hempel, Anna Karenina, book review, cameron denzen hammon, difficult men, elena ferrante, How to Fall in Love with Anyone, Khloe Kardashian, Lorrie Moore, love, lydia davis, madame bovary, Mandy Len Catron, marriage, Mixed Feelings, Modern Love, New York Times, Pretty Woman, relationships, review, self-help, The Rules
It is about the essential parts of story. The bones. The steel rods and rings. The skin that goes white with tension. Tolerating that kind of discomfort takes practice, yes, but it is exhilarating. ...more
Tags: (K)ink: Writing While Deviant, Arielle Greenberg, bondage, childhood, Claire Rudy Foster, Comics, compression garments, fetish, kink, lydia davis, proust, Sex, strunk and white, Superboy, superman, Wonder Woman
“You haven’t even begun,” she admonishes the younger version of ourselves. “You must pause first, the way one must always pause before a great spirit, if only to take a good breath.” ...more
Saleem Haddad discusses his debut novel
Guapa, the Orlando shootings, the importance of queer spaces, and Arab literature. ...more
Tags: Abdella Taia, Andre Acimen, Arab Literature, Ben Sandman, bildungsroman, Christopher Isherwood, colm toibin, coming of age, Doctors without BOrders, Donna Tartt, Dostoevsky, drag queens, edward said, Egypt, fascism, gay, germany, Gore Vidal, Guapa, Hassan Blasim, immigrants, interpreter, Iraq, James Baldwin, journalism, journalists, Junot Diaz, Kuwait, lebanon, LGBT, Libya, Louis Ferdinand-Céline, lydia davis, middle east, Nihad Sirees, orlando, Orlando shooting, queer, queer literature, queer spaces, refugee crisis, Saleem Haddad, shootings, syria, Waguih Ghali, western audience, Youssef Rakha
Rebecca Schiff discusses her debut collection
The Bed That Moved, choosing narrators who share similarities with each other and with herself, and whether feminism and fiction-writing conflict. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 90s, amy hempel, Barry Hannah, cds, dead father, Emma Winsor Wood, fathers and daughters, feminism, first person, grace paley, Jane Austen, Jewish, Jewish Writers, landline telephones, language, Leonard Michaels, liberals, Long Island, Lower East Side, lydia davis, narrators, nineties, Northanger Abbey, philip roth, political allegory, Politics, reality, Rebecca Schiff, sam lipsyte, satire, Sex, sex writing, short stories, Social Media, surrealism, technology, the aughts, The Bed Moved, wordplay
Novelist Christopher Boucher talks about writing so-called “experimental” fiction, both embracing and denying the metaphor, and apples.
Tags: Ben Marcus, Boston College, childhood, Christopher Boucher, Emma Winsor Wood, experimental, fabulist, george saunders, Golden Delicious, Gorge Saunders, How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, Johnny Appleseed, Karen Russell, kerouac, lydia davis, Mad Libs, melville house, People of Paper, richard brautigan, Salvador Plascencia, Trout Fishing in America
I love the English language. I know some people go into translating because they love foreign languages, but I love English above all, and I enjoy translating these foreign texts into my beloved English. In the first of six-part interview series with literary translators, the Los Angeles Review of Books features a conversation with Lydia […]
John D’Agata, visionary champion of the essay and master anthologizer, sees the lyric form “partake of the poem in its density and shapeliness, it’s distillation of ideas and musicality of language.” He also sees it as unbound to conventional notions of truth. Writing for Harper’s, Elaine Blair critiques the genre-bending, exploratory practices of writers like David Shields, […]
Great novels also experiment and innovate, but a short story can make a never-before-seen formal leap and then peace out, before you’re even sure what’s happened. At Electric Literature, Rebecca Schiff introduces us to the authors who have revolutionized the short story in recent years.
Sometimes we bypass the classic novels on the way to the rich offering of current literary fiction. Fair enough; there is so much to love in today’s fiction. But once in a while, dust off a classic gem and consider the language, the depth, the metaphorical heft these books carry—along with being engrossing, powerful reads. Reading […]
Tags: Anna March, canon, classic novels, Faulkner, flaubert, Invisible Man, lydia davis, madame bovary, Margaret Muldoon, Native Son, Ralph Ellison, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, richard wright, The Sound and the Fury, Their Eyes Were Watching God, zora neale hurston
John Freeman, Executive Editor at Lit Hub, talks with Suzanne Koven about his new print-only literary magazine
Freeman’s, the difference between between criticism and editing, and his fear of flying. ...more
Tags: aerophobe, Aleksandr Hemon, Anne Carson, Ask the Pilot, black lives matter, Boston Red Sox, Colum McCann, context, Dag Skolstad, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, fear, feminism, flying, Freeman's, Gloria Steinem, granta, Grove, Harriet Tubman, Haruki Murakami, Helen Simpson, Hillary Clinton, Honor Moore, irving howe, John Freeman, John Updike, journal, julian barnes, Lit Hub, Literary Hub, London, Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine, lydia davis, mortality, National Book Critics Circle, new york, Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Occupy Wall Street, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Roxane Gay, sexism, Susan B Anthony, Suzanne Koven, The Beet Queen, The Big Idea, the new yorker
Joanna Walsh discusses her story collection,
Vertigo, consciousness, artifice, and simultaneity. ...more
Tags: Alice Munro, Amalgamemnon, Amina Cain, and simultaneity, artifice, Books, christine brooke-rose, collections, consciousness, Danielle Dutton, Dorothy, Edward Ardizzone, Eleanor Catton, fiction, gender, george saunders, Georges Perec, Grow a Pair, Hotel, Interviews, joanna walsh, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Leonora Carrington, Louise Bourgeois, lydia davis, Michael Foreman, Quentin Blake, research, sarcasm, short stories, Vertigo, women writers, writing, writing process
Over at Electric Literature, John Freeman shares his experiences working as an editor with Lydia Davis and investigates what makes Davis “such a tremendous writer on love”: Her stories tighten and tighten around the narrator’s assumptions and build a kind of pressure is an effect that illuminates many altered states. Moreover, what Davis was good at […]