No word is wasted. No story is told in vain. ...more
Tags: Abuse, Adrienne Maree Brown, anxiety, Cheryl Strayed, depression, divorce, domestic violence, Doreen St. Felix, elissa bassist, Emergent Strategy, essay, fascism, husbands and wives, lyz lenz, marriage, Milan Kundera, Not That Bad, Pamela Colloff, Patricia Hampl, Rumpus essays, the book of laughter and forgetting, therapy, Trump, twitter, You've Got Mail
The Weak Spot
is more interested in the invisible forces that guide our ways of being in the world. ...more
These are the terms Lahiri was trying to, seeking to find in Italian: this is her creed as a fiction writer. ...more
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I always thought I was too smart to be one of those girls. ...more
Tags: addiction, COVID-19, dating, Denton, drug abuse, drug addict, drug addiction, drug use, drugs, faith, Hepatitis C, Heroin, John Clellon Holmes, Kat Moore, Memphis, Milan Kundera, Nabokov, opioid epidemic, opioids, pandemic, recovery, rehab, relapse, relationships, sober, sobriety, Speak Memory, Texas, the unbearable lightness of being, trauma, Voices on Addiction
Oksana Zabuzhko discusses her story collection, YOUR AD COULD GO HERE.
Tags: albert camus, Bluebeard, Cees Nooteboom, Cold War, death, Eastern European, female friendship, female friendships, Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex, generational trauma, Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, historical trauma, Ingeborg Bachmann, intergenerational trauma, Iryna Wilde, J. M. Coetzee, Julio Cortazar, kgb, Khrushchev, Lesya Ukrainka, Marcel Proust, Men Without Women, Milan Kundera, Miljenko Jergovic, Oksana Zabuzhko, Olga Tokarczuk, Orange Revolution, political fiction, Politics, Purge, Robert Musil, Rosanna Warren, Rostyslav Luzhetsky, shame, short fiction, short stories, sisterhood, sisters, Sofi Oksanen, Soviet Union, Srda Sings in the Twilight at Pentecost, stalin, Stockholm syndrome, story collection, The Museum of Abandoned Secrets, translation, Ukraine, Ukrainian, Vassily Grossman, Your Ad Could Go Here
For Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, language provides a stronger connection with the past than nationality alone. ...more
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Rumpus editors share our Nobel Prize in Literature predictions with you!
Tags: Anne Carson, ben pfeiffer, brian spears, Christine Lee, elon green, Haruki Murakami, Ian MacAllen, Jennifer Egan, Joan Didion, Kenny G, lyz lenz, Man Booker, Margaret Atwood, Marisa Siegel, Milan Kundera, Molly Spencer, Nobel Prize, Nobel Prize in Literature, p.e. garcia, Phillip Roth, Robbie Maakestad, The Handmaid's Tale, Tiffany Midge, Ursula K. Le Guin
Juan Martinez discusses his debut collection
Best Worst American, his relationship to the English language, and why Nabokov ruined his writing for years. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Best Worst American, Chef’s Table, Colombia, debut authors, debut collection, first book, george saunders, jack pendarvis, James Tadd Adcox, Jane Austen, John Barth, Juan Martinez, Karen Russell, kelly link, language, Milan Kundera, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Nabokov, Politics, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Sarah Kokernot, short fiction, short stories, star wars, Stephen King, strange fiction, Sudden Fiction Latino, The Depreciated History of Cervantes
Three books to read while the Russians are knocking on our nation’s door.
Tags: Dead Souls, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Jonathan Safran Foer, kingsley amis, Koba the Dread, martin amis, Milan Kundera, Nikolai Gogol, Politics, reading recommendations, Russia, spies, stalin, the book of laughter and forgetting
Literature continually reminds us that we are not alone and (to paraphrase Kundera) that things are not always as simple as they seem. With so many stories, histories, characters and figures populating a reader’s mind, it’s easy for us to take for granted the liberation that literature imparts. Considering our wide and fast access to […]
It is often said that who controls the past controls the future but Nietzsche is one of the first to anticipate the power of speculation—that he who controls the future, controls the present. ...more
Tags: Ava Kofman, Avital Ronell, Beyond Good and Evil, Charles Peirce, Derrida, Heidegger, John Donne, Maurice Blanchot, Milan Kundera, Nietzsche, outer space, philosophy, Raymond Williams, science, science fiction, space, The Gay Science, Thus Spake Zarathustra, time, William Empson
Zarina Zabrisky talks about her new book,
Explosion, the art of the short story, Russia and Ukraine, and being “a Jewish pessimist in the spirit of Shalom Aleichem.” ...more
Tags: A Cute Tombstone, addiction, Casablanca, chernobyl, exploitation, Explosion, feminism, fiction, home, immigration, Interviews, Jewish literature, Lindsay Merbaum, Milan Kundera, patriarchy, Propaganda, Pussy Riot, Russia, salinger, San Francisco, short stories, Tarkovsky, The Art of the Novel, This Side of Paradise, Ukraine, We Monsters, woody allen, writing, Zarina Zabrisky
After 13 years, another Milan Kundera novel has been translated into English for all us provincials who never learned French. At Slate, Benjamin Herman praises The Festival of Insignificance for its lighthearted wisdom: Insignificance is the work not of a grumpy old man but of a grinning old man.
Because that’s how it is with sisters. You are them. You are not them. You are broken shards from the same pane of glass, each reflecting a different light. ...more
Tags: acne, Brenda Shaughnessy, car accident, Christianity, cutting, family, Healing, lyz lenz, Milan Kundera, Miscarriage, molestation, pregnancy, religion, scar, sisters, Skin, surgery, the bible, the book of laughter and forgetting, the unbearable lightness of being, wound
I often buy random photographs in thrift stores and vintage shops when I’m drawn to something in them—an awkward smile, a twinkle in the eye, a revealing hint of uncertainty. ...more
Sure, everyone is jazzed about the new Harper Lee book (except for those of us who are worried). But here is a book we can all get behind—a new Milan Kundera novel to be translated to English this summer: Faber described the new book as a “wryly comic yet deeply serious glance at the ultimate insignificance […]
Nayomi Munaweera discusses Sri Lanka, its brutal Civil War, and writing a novel about two artists with their identities wrapped up in two different countries, Sri Lanka and America.
Tags: Ameena Hussein, Anita Desai, Arundhadi Roy, colonialism, expatriate writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, high cultural pluralism, Island of a Thousands Mirrors, Milan Kundera, Nayomi Munaweera, Ruth Prawar Jhabwala, salman rushdie, Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan civil war, Tamil Tigers, Toni Morrison, water in literature
I have long been more comfortable with questions than answers. I like a storyline that is left open as opposed to one that ties up neatly. ...more
With Toward You, Jim Krusoe completes his trilogy about death, resurrection, and the afterlife, a series of novels that are both comic and consequential.
With wit and insight, Dany Laferriere, the Haitian-Canadian novelist, explores national identity and cultural authenticity in his latest book, I Am a Japanese Writer.
The Albanian, in Ornela Vorpsi’s comic novel, is someone prone to megalomania, and who has one obsession “dearer to them than death… Fornication.”
Her lightness is not merely pointing out the details of the world but showing us that without the glory of the everyday, the parsnip, for instance, there can be no weight lifted.