Rumpus editors share their favorite books to gift to friends and family!
Tags: A Fish Growing Lungs, A Map Is Only One Story, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause, A Woman a Plan an Outline of a Man, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Alexander Chee, Alison C. Rollins, Alison Stine, Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn, Alysia Sawchyn, amber sparks, And I Do Not Forgive You, Animals Strike Curious Poses, Anodyne, Barbara Jane Reyes, Before and After the Book Deal, Benjamin Garcia, Bestiary, Beth Alvarado, Birthright, Brandon Taylor, bryan washington, Burn It Down, C Pam Zhang, Cardinal, Carl Phillips, carmen maria machado, Cathy Hong Park, Catrachos, Chelsea Bieker, Children of the Land, Chloe N. Clark, christmas, Claire Comstock-Gay, Claire Rudy Foster, Claudia Rankine, Cleanness, Collective Gravities, courtney maum, Crooked Hallelujah, Danez Smith, danielle evans, Destiny O. Birdsong, diane cook, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear, Disparates, Each of Us Killers, Eats of Eden, Eduardo C. Corral, Elena Passarello, Erin Hensley, Eula Biss, Everyday People, Feel It Out, feeld, Finna, Franny Choi, garth greenwell, George Abraham, Godshot, Good Talk, Guillotine, Hanif Abdurraqib, Hanukkah, Having and Being Had, Heart Berries, Heather Christle, Here for It, Hinge, holiday gift guide, holiday gifts, holidays, Homie, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, How Much Of These Hills Is Gold, How to Pronounce Knife, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, I Remember Everything, Intimations, Island of Bones, Jane Hirshfield, Jasmine Guillory, Jenn Shapland, Jennifer Baker, Jennifer Givhan, Jenny Bhatt, Jillian in the Borderlands, Jordan Sondler, Jos Charles, Joy Castro, Jubilee, Julia Callahan, Just Us, K Ming Chang, Keep Moving, Kelli Jo Ford, Khadijah Queen, kristen arnett, Lakewood, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, laura van den berg, Leigh Camacho Rourks, Letters to a Young Brown Girl, Library of Small Catastrophes, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilliam Rivera, Lilly Dancyger, Lincoln Michel, Look, Luster, Madame Clairevoyant’s Guide to the Stars, Maggie Smith, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Maria Dahvana Headley, Matthew Salesses, Megan Giddings, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Faliveno, memorial, Memorial Drive, Mensah Demary, Minor Feelings, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Mira Jacob, Molly Spencer, Moon Trees and Other Orphans, Morgan Jerkins, Mostly Dead Things, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, N.K. Jemisin, nadxieli nieto, Natasha Trethewey, Nate Marshall, Negotiations, Never Look Back, Nicole Chung, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, Party of Two, Patrick Madden, Paul Lisicky, R. Eric Thomas, Raven Leilani, Real Life, Road Out of Winter, ross gay, Roy G. Guzmán, Ruby Hamad, Ruth O. Saxton, Sam Irby, Samantha Irby, Sarah Kasbeer, Sejal Shah, Shawn Wen, Shayla Lawson, Shine of the Ever, Soft Science, Solmaz Sharif, Sonya Huber, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Stephen Graham Jones, Syzygy: Beauty, T Fleischmann, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Terese Mailhot, The Age of Phillis, The Beauty, The Book of Old Ladies, The Books of Delights, The City We Became, The Crying Book, The Low Low Woods, The New Wilderness, The Office of Historical Corrections, The Only Good Indians, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, This Is Major, This Is One Way to Dance, Thrown in the Throat, Tiny Nightmares, Tomboyland, Tyree Daye, Verge, Wandering in Strange Lands, What to Read When, White Tears/Brown Scars, World of Wonders, Wow No Thank You, zadie smith
Contributors to A MAP IS ONLY ONE STORY share reading recommendations.
Tags: A Map Is Only One Story, A Particular Kind of Black Man, Ahmed Ali, Anger Is a Gift, audre lorde, Bix Gabriel, Braiding Sweetgrass, BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, catapult, cherrie moraga, Cinelle Barnes, Fatimah Asghar, Frying Plantain, gloria anzaldua, grace talusan, Harmless Like You, If They Come for Us, jennifer s. cheng, Kamna Muddagouni, Kenechi Uzor, Kevin Coval, Krystal Sital, Mark Oshiro, Mensah Demary, Min Jin Lee, Miriam Toews, Nadia Owusu, Nate Marshall, Nicole Chung, niina pollari, Nina Li Coomes, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Pachinko, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Sharine Taylor, Shing Yin Khor, Sister Outsider, Soraya Membreno, Stephanie Wong Ken, Sula, The Body Papers, This Bridge Called My Back, Toni Morrison, Tope Folarin, Twilight in Delhi, Victoria Blanco, What to Read When, Women Talking, Zalika Reid-Benta
Literary events in and around NYC this week!
Tags: A.S. Hamrah, Adam Falkner, Albert Mobilio, Alex Cuff, Alexander Weinstein, Alexis Coe, Aminatou Sow, Amish Trivedi, amy feltman, Andre Aciman, Andrea Bernstein, Bix Gabriel, Brendan Lorber, Bridgett M. Davis, Bruce Holsinger, Chet'la Sebree, Crissy Van Meter, Cynthia Carr, Cynthia Manick, David Gerrard, Devanshi Khetarpal, E.G. Asher, Edwin Torres, Emily Brandt, Gabriel Bump, Gary Indiana, Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, Gish Jen, Jennifer Firestone, Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, Jill Santopolo, John Battelle, John Sayles, Jordan Kisner, Josephine Blair, Joyce Szuflita, Julie Bloch, kai wright, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Katy Bohinc, Kevin Larimer, kim chinquee, Kyndal Thomas, Laura Cronk, Laura De Nardis, Laura Harkin, Leah Falk, Lee Ann Brown, Leila Ortiz, Lisa Lucas, Lourdes Figueroa, Luma Khabbaz, Lynne Sachs, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Matt Brogan, Matt Kapp, Mensah Demary, Micah Zevin, Michelle Goldberg, Mike Fu, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Natalie Peart, Nicole Chung, Nicole Lanzillotto, niina pollari, notable new york, Notable New York City, Nur Nasreen Ibrahim, Paul Vidich, Rebecca Wolff, Robert J. Seidman, Rone Shavers, Ryan Black, Sarah Gerard, Shayla Lawson, Shira Erlichman, Siddhartha Deb, Siobhan Adcock, T'ai Freedom Ford, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Terese Svoboda, Theodore Kerr, Tina Chang, Todd Fine, Tony Trigilio, Vivian Gornick, William Lessard, YZ Chin
Saturday 5/6: Jennifer E. Smith presents Windfall. McNally Jackson Books, 6 p.m., free. Carmen Giménez Smith and Aldrin Valdez join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.
Tags: Ada Smailbegović, Aldrin Valdez, Alex Dimitrov, Alexandra Kleeman, Alice Sola Kim, amber tamblyn, Amy Saul-Zerby, Angelica Baker, Anne Corbitt, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Arianna Rebolini, August Kleinzahler, Austin Grossman, ben greenman, Bill Corbett, Bonnie Huie, Camille Perri, Carmen Giménez Smith, Chris Nealon, Christopher Salerno, Clare Beams, Collier Meyerson, Cynthia Weinercelebrate, Dan Chan, Dana Spiotta, Daniel Poppick, David Kushner, Deborah Emin, eileen myles, Elizabeth Crane, Elizabeth Frost, Emily Ruskovich, Emily Witt, Emma Straub, Erin Chack, Esmé Weijun Wang, Gabriella Paiella, Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, Garnette Cadogan, hannah tinti, Helen Holmes, Hillary Jordan, J. Courtney Sullivan, J. Robert Lennon, Jackie Wang, Jami Attenberg, Jana Prikryl, Janiori Goldman, Jennifer E. Smith, jessica valenti, Joel Hinman, Joshua Cohen, Julie Buntin, Kathy Acker, Katie Heaney, Kay Sorin, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Koren Shadmi, Kristin Sanders, Larissa Pham, Lesley Dormen, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lisa Bellamy, Lisa Ko, Liz Bowen, Liz Kingsley, Lori Adelman, Lucinda Holt, Lynne Tillman, Mark Peterson, Martha Cooley, Mary Gordon, Megan Burns, melissa yancy, Mensah Demary, Michele Filgate, Michele Herman, Morgan Jerkins, Moustafa Bayoumi, My Spatter, Mychal Denzel Smith, Nancy Matsunaga, New York City, niina pollari, notable new york, Notable NYC, Odette Heideman, Paige Taggart, Patricia Spears jones, paul la farge, Peter Krass, Peter Straub, Philip Schultz, Qiu Miaojin, Rebecca Gee, Richard Bausch, Richard Russo, Robert Repino, Roy Scranton, Saachi Koul, Salamishah Tillet, sam allingham, Sarah Gerard, Scaachi Koul, Sonya Chung, Susannah Meadows, Terry Blackhawk, Therese Eiben, Tom McCarthy, Tommy Pico, Tony Tulathimutte, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Victor Lodato, Wendy Zu
Our next Letter in the Mail comes from Mensah Demary! Mensah writes about not surrendering hope, but instead clinging to it to remain sane in these anxiety-filled times. “There is no human endeavor without hope. Even as I write, I hope to find you home, safe, able to read my words, open to revolt.” Don’t miss […]
Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his story collection
Insurrections, father relationships, hip-hop, knowing when to abandon a project, and choosing not to workshop certain stories. ...more
Tags: awp, black lives matter, Bowie State University, Chance the Rapper, Drown, dubliners, Earl Sweatshirt, Edward P. Jones, fascism, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and sons, flash fiction, flashback, Flying Lotus, George Mason University, Gloria Naylor, Hamilton, hip-hop, Insurrections, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Iraq, James Joyce, Junot Diaz, Kendrick Lamar, Kiese Laymon, Lost in the City, marlon james, Mensah Demary, MFA, relationships, Rion Amilcar Scott, short fiction, short stories, Stephen King, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, To Pimp a Butterfly, untitled unmastered, Women of Brewster Place, workshop, writing, YG
Kendrick Lamar’s debut album “Good Kid, M.A.D.D. City” contains the basic, essential elements of a novel: a protagonist faced with an antagonistic outer world, plot and its arc—from opening scene to crisis to climax on down to denouement, a narrative connected through scenes, and character development and expression through dialogue. It follows the structure of […]
At Electric Literature, Mensah Demary argues that there should be greater appreciation of hip-hop as a powerful storytelling medium, positing Nas as a master of literary narrative: If presented with a choice, I’d rather discuss classic hip-hop albums than short story collections: the former evokes warmth, my need to consecrate my life to a certain […]
Author Elisa Gabbert talks about her books,
The Self Unstable and The French Exit, diversity, publishing, whiteness, and writing in the Internet Age. ...more
Tags: Adagia, Adalena Kavanaugh, advocacy, aphorisms, Ben Lerner, blogging, Books, connections, David Foster Wallace, diverse literature, diversity, Drake, Electric Literature, Elisa Gabbert, Elizabeth McCracken, essays, friendship, gender, gender and literature, heidi julavits, I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son, Interviews, Joan Didion, Kent Russell, literary Twitter, Love Actually, Madness Rack and Honey, marc maron, Mary Ruefle, Mensah Demary, My 1980s and Other Essays, National Review, nonfiction, play it as it lays, poetry, privilege, Racism, Rihanna, Roxane Gay, sexism, social justice, Teju Cole, The Blunt Instrument, The Folded Clock, The French Exit, The Giant's House, The Self Unstable, trolls, twitter, Wallace Stevens, wayne koestenbaum, writers of color, writers who are women, writing, WTF podcast
Mensah Demary caps off the year at Catapult with an essay that reflects on the traditional New Year’s resolution and what our easy dismissing of these attempts to change says about us: I should probably write a few words about 2015, but the year is stale now, rung out like a damp dish rag and […]
Mensah Demary, Associate Web Editor for the new and exciting online literary outlet Catapult, shares his story of how he got to be where he is through a series of hilarious and depressing montages, with an overarching theme worth internalizing: “I don’t have the answers; I only have my life.”
Reading Literary Twitter is to witness brief, terse glimpses into the writerly psyche, and how insecure and unsure and thin-skinned we tend to be. As writers, we want to be validated. We want to matter. The published stories and poems and essays, the books we sell, the magazines we edit: all this output, this paper […]