is a book that’s by turns smart, sad, and scathing. ...more
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Alex McElroy discusses their debut novel, THE ATMOSPHERIANS.
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The brutality of frat culture, Nugent suggests, is a veneer that hardly masks its devotees’ miseries and insecurities. ...more
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Who said great literature has to make the reader feel good? ...more
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Lauren Oyler discusses her debut novel, FAKE ACCOUNTS.
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Elizabeth Gonzalez James discusses her debut novel, MONA AT SEA.
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Who “owns” the English language? ...more
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Salt—the speaker’s only remains, after she dives into the ocean and sets herself free of the past. ...more
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This, I learned, is what rawness tasted like. I wanted more. ...more
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Elvia Wilk discusses her debut novel, OVAL.
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Artist Sam Brown discusses the highs and lows of big artistic dreams.
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Joel Mowdy discusses his debut story collection, FLOYD HARBOR.
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Time has put those lovely nostalgia lenses in front of our eyes, and I am not immune. ...more
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Franny Choi discusses her second collection, SOFT SCIENCE.
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“I want to make a case for the serious, literary legitimacy of the female experience of self-construction.”
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I don’t feel ashamed of my history, I feel ashamed of letting it be erased. ...more
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Scaachi Koul on her debut essay collection
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, learning to be patient with her own narrative, and three rules for book tours. ...more
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Recent Whiting Award winner Tony Tulathimutte discusses his first novel,
Private Citizens, the state of satire in 2017, “booby-trapping” identity politics, and productivity in the Internet age. ...more
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The Internet has been abuzz with grammatically incorrect chatter since the New York Times recently published an article heralding the end of the period. But Flavorwire’s Jonathon Sturgeon doesn’t expect that little dot to go anywhere anytime soon: Bilefsky’s piece — or any long piece without periods — is like a car without brakes. You […]
The mystery of schizophrenia and the mystery of identity. History in the cloud. Opting out of social media. Sex restores the balance within us.
Email is evil… Which explains why Millennials like it so much. Probably. Speaking of Millennials, they get a fancy new, techy bookstore in London. So, that’s nice. Quitting Facebook makes you happier.
Millennials may love their listicles, memes, and Internet kitsch, but they also love books. A new Pew study has shown the Millennials are more likely to read than older generations. And all those books are fodder for less serious content, like spoof rap videos, with books as their muse. Rumpus co-founder and listicles expert Isaac Fitzgerald […]
Marina Keegan died in a car accident just five days after she graduated from Yale University. But her writing lives on, and lends an empathetic voice to the often tedious discussions of millennials. From her posthumous essay, “Song for the special,” in Salon: Every generation thinks it’s special — my grandparents because they remember World War […]
There have been a lot of hand-wringing thinkpieces about Millennials in the media, but most of them are just wordy ways to say, “Kids these days.” As Mike Dang points out, these thinkpieces also fail to take race into account, which is a pretty big oversight considering Millennials constitute “the most ethnically and racially diverse cohort […]
“Millennials can’t grow up,” or so Brooke Donatone writes in an article that contemplates narcissism, depression, and the notion that “30 is the new 18.” Donatone considers factors that might be contributing to the postponement of adulthood: longer life spans, the sluggish economy, and helicopter parents. We don’t have the data on what millennials will […]
The Rumpus doesn’t really do Kanye West. It doesn’t hate him and it doesn’t love him. It just doesn’t go there. But when the self-proclaimed “voice of this generation“— in an interview for the release of his book, no less — says, “I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from […]
A little while ago, I got sick of hearing that my generation—which for some God awful reason is called Generation Y—was spoiled, lazy and stupid, all while we were fighting wars (one of which, I seem to remember, we were lied to about) and getting laid off in record numbers. So I and some other editors […]