To be imbricated in hundreds of years of colonial violence is to be entangled in colorist logics and stories of loss and belonging that are rarely linear or singular. ...more
Tags: blackness, book review, Cambridge, caribbean, childhood trauma, collage, colonialism, cooperative, Essay Press, essay writing, essays, farming, historical trauma, homophobia, hybrid, hybrid genre, hybrid memoir, immigration, katherine agyemaa agard, kathryn walkiewicz, Lapeyrouse, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, memoir, microagression, microagressions, mixed media, mothers, mothers and daughters, of colour, patriarchy, Peter Doig, photography, poems, poetry, Port of Spain, prose poems, queer, queerness, Racism, review, sexism, sexuality, slavery, trauma, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, visual art, whiteness
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
“I’m interested in beautiful events that are wrong.”
Tags: american south, Amherst, Benjamin Nugent, Brad Watson, Brooklyn, connection, Deep South, depravity, fraternities, Fraternity, Frederick Douglass, george saunders, Greek Row, john cheever, Joy Williams, Maria Anderson, masculinity, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nell Zink, Ottessa Moshfegh, police violence, pop music, racial violence, Reed, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Wallcreeper, toxic masculinity, williamsburg
Julian K. Jarboe discusses EVERYONE ON THE MOON IS ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL.
Tags: Appalachian, Catholic, catholicism, coronavirus, COVID-19, Dead Horse Beach, debut collection, E.B. Bartels, Everyone on the Moon Is Essential Personnel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, fairy tales, folklore, gentrification, Greek myth, Greek mythology, Jonathan Safran Foer, Julian K. Jarboe, Lethe Press, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, Misery Islands, Moody Street, mythology, new england, Our Lady of Good Voyage, Outlining, pandemic, queer, religion, revision, science fiction, setting, short fiction, short stories, Somerville, spreadsheet, White Mountains, world building, writing process
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
Tags: adult bookstore, Bea Koch, Book Shop of Beverly Farms, Bookstore of Gloucester, censorship, Georgia, Glamour, Holiday Bookseller Bonus Program, independent booksellers, independent bookstores, James Patterson, Leah Koch, lego, Massachusetts, Publishers Weekly, Ripped Bodice, Sandy Springs, The Ripped Bodice, This Week in Indie Bookstores, Tokyo Valentino, Wicked Good Books
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
Tags: atlanta, Banned Books Week, Black Dot, Black Dot Cultural Center and Bookstore, Book Moon, Easthampton, Firestorm Cafe, Gavin J. Grant, independent booksellers, independent bookstores, Jane Mead, Kazemde Ajamu, kelly link, Massachusetts, Nancy Bass Wyden, North Carolina, Prairie Lights, Strand Bookstore, The Strand, This Week in Indie Bookstores
Sadie Dupuis discusses her debut collection, MOUTHGUARD.
Tags: animals, dogs, Foil Deer, Frank O'Hara, Gramma Press, imposter syndrome, Innas Tsuroiya, Internet, James Schuyler, John Ashbery, liz phair, Massachusetts, Mouthguard, Music, new york school, Northampton, personal mythology, poetry, Sadie Dupuis, Speedy Ortiz, William Corbett
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
Tags: amazon, Barrow Bookstore, Book Riot, Concord, independent booksellers, independent bookstores, Jeff Bezos, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Strand Bookstore, tacoma, Tacoma Book Center, The Strand, This Week in Indie Bookstores, washington
Elizabeth McCracken discusses her new novel, BOWLAWAY.
Tags: Alana Mohamed, Boston, Bowlaway, bowling, candlepin bowling, Dark Tide, Elizabeth McCracken, fire, Great Molasses Flood, Henry Dunow, historical fiction, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Massachusetts, Max Fleischer, new england, Raymond Carver, realism, research, revision, Stephen Puleo
America: land where anything can and does happen. Doors blow open by magic when you step on a rubber mat. ...more
Tags: accent, America, Bewitched, bullies, bullying, car accident, childhood, Disney, Don Knotts, immigrants, immigration, Massachusetts, new england, Pittsfield, shame, Speed Racer, Suzy Vitello, television, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Torch, Vienna
“Sister Love” touches on how a traditional family can fail the victim of domestic violence, and how that failure can compound the victim’s trauma.
Tags: Abuse, Comics, divorce, domestic violence, family, gender roles, Joyanna M, Lily Bell, marriage, Massachusetts, sisters, Spotlight, trauma, violence
Hannah Tinti discusses how
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley came into being, the formation of its characters, and how twelve scars and the celestial heavens help give this book structure and heft. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, American Vampire, Brian K. Vaughan, bronte sisters, Comics, coming of age, daughters, e.l. doctorow, fathers, fathers and daughters, Fiona Staples, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gloucester, graphic novels, hannah tinti, Hiromu Arakawa, Jeff Lemire, Licia Morelli, Lynda Barry, Marjorie Liu, Massachusetts, Matt Kindt, Mind MGMT, New York Times, parents, Rafael Albuquerque, salem, Sana Takeda, Scott Snyder, Sweet Tooth, The Good Thief, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
The characters in this collection frequently daydream about time. Children and teens want to speed it up so life can start. Grown-ups ask time to slow, or rewind to get some of it back. ...more
Tags: Catholic, Emily Sernaker, Interlochen, Irish, Jack Driscoll, Massachusetts, Michigan, short fiction, short stories, story collections, The Goat Fish and The Lover’s Knot
The glorious ways we fifth graders died in Mr. Mosher’s computer class. We strove to die in the most imaginable permutations possible. ...more
Tags: 1980s, adolescence, AIDS, Apple, Beth Roddy, Bobby Rett, body image, childhood, coding, computer games, computers, digital age, divorce, essay, growing up, HIV, Internet, Joey McIntyre, Mac Classic, Massachusetts, Mavis Beacon, memories, middle school, New Kids on the Block, oregon trail, popular culture, Ritalin, sexuality, STDs, technology, The Oregon Trail
Welcome to the Hindenburg Review Writers’ Workshop! ...more
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What is the distance between sympathy and action? How do we travel from one to the other? ...more
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When I first heard Brian Sella’s sweet, pathetic voice sing these words, they seared a sense of guilt into me. ...more
Tags: Albums of Our Lives, Biran Sella, camp, depression, Flashlight, indie rock, Massachusetts, Mat Uychich, Mazzer D'Orazio, Mountain, Music, New Jersey, pop punk, relationships, roommates, Rumpus music, suburb, summer camp, swimming pool, The Front Bottoms, Virginia, wiffleball
In that favorite summer of my memory, Mom is perched on the edge of the rickety folding chair in box seats that the team manager reserved for us. ...more
Tags: alzheimer, baseball, Berkshire Mountains, Berkshires, Birthday, death, Denver, Duane Espy, family, family business, Gina Bednarz, Greg Erardi, grief, Jim Gantner, Lary Sorenson, Laugh-In, Lenox, Lenox Motel, Lily Tomlin, Massachusetts, memory, Motel, mothers, mothers and daughters, Pittsfield, sisters, The Berkshire Brewers, The Things They Carried
Compare yourself to a raw wound. Explain that everyone else is one too, whether they know it or not. ...more
Tags: Artist, Better Off Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, campus, college, depression, despair, donuts, Dream, eBay, Goldfrapp, John Cusack, Lolita, Massachusetts, Megan Burbank, Mercury retrograde, new england, Northampton, relationships, Sam Cooke, summer, The Apartment, Twilight, typewriter
We squinted into the smoky room and saw ourselves on junior year abroad, frolicking on the Left Bank with artists in berets like hers. ...more
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Kaitlyn Greenidge discusses her debut novel,
We Love You, Charlie Freeman, siblinghood and sisterhood, and finding a group to call “my people” in the larger literary world. ...more
Tags: Black Heritage Trail, Boston, Bri Kennedy, Carmiel Banasky, chimpanzee, colette, Danielle Steele, Double-Consciousness and the Veil, DuBois, Garcia Marquez, hunter college, Iowa Writers' Workshop, John Waters, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kiese Laymon, Lisa Crystal Carver, liz moore, Massachusetts, MFA, misandrist, misandry, Please Kill Me: An Oral History of Punk, Racism, Rikers, Rollerderby, Rushdie, Scott Chesire, Social Media, Sunil Yapa, The Ape and the Child, There Will Be Blood, Toni Morrison, tonya harding, Victor LaValle, W.E.B. DuBois, We Love You Charlie Freeman, Weeksville Heritage Center, writers of color
In Episode 12 of
The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show, January Gill O’Neil chats about her new collection, Misery Islands, writing pop culture into poetry, and the Red Sox. ...more
Tags: Colleen Michaels, Dave Roderick, David Ortiz, divorce, Elastigirl, family, Home Depot, Improbable Places Poetry Tour, January Gill O'Neil, kanye, Massachusetts, Misery Islands, motherhood, Olivia Pope, parenting, poetry, Red Sox, Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show, Say Anything, scandal, single motherhood, The Incredibles, Tom Brady, Underlife
Renaissance women Elisa Ambrogio and Naomi Yang discuss stop motion music videos, the female mythology of rock-n-roll, and giving ourselves permission to be creative, make music, and explore art in an intuitive way.
Tags: André Gide, Britney Spears, Cambridge, Damon and Naomi, Damon Krukowski, Dave Clark Five, Dead Milkmen, Debbie Gibson, Drag City Records, Elisa Ambrogio, Exact Change, feminism, Fortune, Galaxie 500, iMotion, iMovie, JOY DIVISION, Magik Markers, Massachusetts, music videos, Naomi Yang, New Kids on the Block, noise rock, Pearl Jam, Peter Hook, red hot chili peppers, short film, stop motion animation, Superstitious, The Beatles, The Misfits, The Smiths
All but six US states have official Poet Laureates; the Massachusetts House of Representatives is poised to cut that number down to five. Although many individual cities appoint poets to these literary ambassador positions, the larger Commonwealth has never passed a bill delineating a process for choosing a statewide laureate. As the Boston Globe reports, […]
For me, although the decade would also give us disco and Norman Lear sitcoms and my absolute favorite bell-bottomed striped green pantsuit, the 70s were all about Nixon… ...more
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He has no short-term memory and will probably never walk again on his own. He was twenty-five when he was incarcerated for larceny over $250 in 2005. His name is Paul. ...more
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Sometimes it’s hard for a librarian to admit that we’ve arrived at the age of the virtual card catalog system. It’s a sentiment that’s especially true for Greenfield Community College librarian Hope Schneider who spent fourteen years sending out retired catalog cards to their respective authors asking for a signature or a short tribute. Some […]
Okay, so lots of confusion and grief and gnashing of teeth out there over why my adopted state, Massachusetts, just elected a Republican nudie model to fill the seat once held by Ted Kennedy. I’m gonna try to explain, but I warn you upfront that my explanation isn’t going to make you feel any better, […]
I grew up on Mass Ave. in John Leary House, a low-income apartment building for former homeless families run by The Catholic Worker. I remember the street as dirty, exciting and loud… this was the 1980s, before the Boston neighborhood would become the gentrified district it is today. So when I read Jill McDonough‘s poem […]