Liz Asch discusses her new book, YOUR SALT ON MY LIPS.
Tags: After the Rehearsal, AIDS crisis, Alex Behr, androgyny, Art Sex Music, bisexuality, bodies, Cardi B, Cleis Press, coming out, consent, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Craft in the Real World, Dan Savage, depression, desire, erotic literature, erotic stories, Erotica, fantasy, Gerhard Richter, hybrid genre, Ingmar Bergman, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, Liz Asch, masturbation, Matthew Salesses, Megan Thee Stallion, michael ondaatje, Monogamy, pansexuality, queer, queerness, sensuality, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, sexual taboo, sexuality, The Conversations, Tom Spanbauer, Tommy Pico, visual art, voyeurism, writing sex, Your Salt on My Lips
A Rumpus series of work by women, trans, and nonbinary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: Abuse, bodies, childhood trauma, domestic violence, ENOUGH, Jew, Jewish, judaism, Karine Hack, masturbation, misogyny, patriarchy, Politics, rape, Rape culture, Sex, sexism, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual identity, sexual trauma, sexual violence, sexuality, toxic masculinity, trauma, women's bodies
Dani Putney discusses their debut poetry collection, SALAMAT SA INTERSECTIONALITY.
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This poem lets her—the speaker and Baumgartel—be too much . ...more
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Tyrese Coleman discusses her debut memoir, HOW TO SIT.
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“I wanted to make these characters much more complex than the individual boxes we normally see.”
Tags: Alexander Chee, autism, bodies, drag, Fire Walk With Me, Garrard Conley, gay, homophobia, homosexuality, incest, LGBTQ, masturbation, minneapolis, mothers, mothers and sons, Patrick Nathan, predator, queer, sexual abuse, sexuality, Some Hell, sons, statutory rape, teachers and students, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, twin peaks
“I wrote this book. I worked really, really hard on it, and I was a little scared by it.”
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“I always feel like I’m starting over. I don’t know how I ever wrote a poem. I really do have that feeling.”
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“[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
I met Deborah Kampmeier at a workshop in November. We were two weeks post-election; the room was raw with emotion, and electric with conversations about resistance. This tall, badass woman dressed in all black sauntered into the room, and chose a seat at the table. When she read, my solar plexus exploded, and I couldn’t stop […]
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Ben Tanzer discusses his new essay collection
Be Cool, why running is so important to him, and not being precious about his work. ...more
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Anuk Arudpragasm discusses his debut novel
The Story of a Brief Marriage, the bombing of civilians during the war in Sri Lanka, documenting war crimes, and powerful Tamil women. ...more
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To lift the censorship, degradation, and foreclosure of girls’ fantasies, we may have to investigate the gendered limitations on how we think about early loves, impulses, celebrity crushes, and maybe, sexually stirring gentleman pirates. ...more
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Comedian Sara Benincasa opens up about her latest book
Real Artists Have Day Jobs, adjusting to success, Venn-diagramming love, and the loss of Morley Safer. ...more
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In a piece flawlessly titled “Reading While Female: How to Deal With Misogynists and Male Masturbation,” four female writers talk to each other about how women in college try to make sense of the male-dominated literature they’re taking in. One of many stellar quotes: Well, the pernicious thing about reading Roth when you’re a young […]
As if the recent presidential campaign was not disturbing enough, in the middle of it, my five month old morphed into Donald Trump.
About twenty years ago, Phil X. Milstein damaged the psyches of my miscreant writer and musician friends in the Bay Area.
Mary Roach discusses
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, the rigors of interviewing aerospace administrators, and why that process nearly caused her to abandon the book entirely. ...more
The Ask tells the story of Milo Burke, the latest in Lipsyte’s long line of anti-heroes. By the end, Lipsyte has strengthened his claim as our greatest comic novelist. ...more