The first thing a baby learns is silence. ...more
We can try to perform our inner lives, but we can’t actually reveal them. We can create a simulacrum, which is so much of what I see on social media, and that simulacrum is entertainment. It’s exciting because we all love the whiff of authenticity, and the more mediated our culture feels, the more we crave it, but we can’t actually give it away. We cannot actually break through the barrier of our individual aloneness. ...more
This book is disarmingly—in fact, unnervingly—amoral. ...more
Tags: aliens, andre alexis, Asian American, bildungsroman, book review, child abuse, East Asian, eating, fantasy, Fifteen Dogs, food, Good Omens, homophobia, immigrants, Isaac Asimov, Krithika Sukumar, LGBTQ, Light from Uncommon stars, los angeles, Music, Neil Gaiman, Racism, rape, review, Ryka Aoki, San Gabriel Valley, science fiction, sexual trauma, sexual violence, speculative fiction, Star Trek, terry pratchett, trans, transgender, transphobia, trauma, video game music, Video Games, violin, violinist, YA Fiction, young adult
Composition here becomes a process of discernment rather than pure creation. ...more
Tags: book review, Christian Detisch, Civil War, david bowie, duende, Elegies, elegy, erasure, erasure poems, erasure poetry, Felon, graywolf, graywolf press, Layli Long Soldier, Life on Mars, Music, poems, poetry, poetry review, racial inequality, Racism, Reginald Dwayne Betts, religion, review, slavery, Such Color, The Body's Question, Tracy K Smith, Wade in the Water, Whereas
There is a cloudy line between noise and sound, routine and ritual. ...more
Tags: Albertine Robinson, All My Children, All the Tired Horses in the Sun, Anechoic Chamber, bob dylan, childbirth, classical conditioning, classical music, Finland, Hilda Harris, Hoh Rain Forest, john cage, Maeretha Stewart, Marina Abramovic, motherhood, mothers, Mozart effect, Music, noise, noise pollution, Norway, parenting, pavlov, pregnancy, psychic tv, Rhys Chatham, Sara Gelston Somers, Self Portrait, Sensory Processing Disorder, silence, song, songs, Steve Reich, Sweden, The Mozart Effect, tinnitus
In Midnight in Cairo , the lives of the enterprising divas are interlinked. ...more
Tags: Abdel Nasser, Abdul Halim Hafez, Ahmed Rami, Alexandria, Arab, Arab Spring, Asmahan, book review, Cairo, colonialism, edward said, Egypt, Egyptian, Ezbekiyya, Fatima Rushdi, Fatima Sirri, feminism, Huda Shaarawi, lebanon, love songs, Midnight in Cairo, Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt's Roaring '20s, Mohammad Shaarawi, Mounira al-Mahdiyya, Music, muslim, nationalism, palestine, patriarchy, Raphael Cormack, review, Rose el-Youssef, Talaat Harb, Umm Kulthum, Zahra Hankir
Kendra DeColo discusses her new collection, I AM NOT TRYING TO HIDE MY HUNGERS FROM THE WORLD.
Tags: 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, Against Memoir, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Alicia Jo Rabins, Ann Powers, Aracelis Girmay, BOA Editions, Braiding Sweetgrass, Camille Dungy, collaboration, COVID-19, desire, Eleanor Davis, Erika Meitner, Franny Choi, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Hanif Abdurraqib, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World, Italo Calvino, Jeffrey McDaniel, Jessica Hopper, Josè Olivarez, Julio Cortazar, Keith Leonard, Kendra DeColo, Last Evenings on Earth, LGBTQ, Mark Sandman, Michelle Tea, motherhood, mothering, mothers, Music, My Dinner with Ron Jeremy, nostalgia, pandemic, patrick rosal, poems, poetry, pop culture, postpartum depression, ppd, Preeti Vangani, Provincetown, queer, Revolutionary Mothering, Roberto Bolaño, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sarah Ruhl, sexuality, Stanley Kunitz, teaching, teaching writing, Thieves in the Afterlife, Tina Chang, Tyler Mills, Yusef Komunyakaa
Zauner’s memoir is not a performance, but an act of love, including all the dirty little bits that come with it. ...more
Tags: A House Waiting for Music, book review, cancer, Charly Bliss, childhood, Crying in H Mart, Darcy Jay Gagnon, death, debut memoir, Eugene, family, food, food writing, grief, identity, Japanese Breakfast, JJ Johnson, Jonathan Van Ness, korean, Korean American, loss, Louise Erdrich, memoir, MFK Fisher, Michelle Zauner, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, Oregon, Psychopomp, review, The Blue Jay's Dance, The Gastronomical Me, Yellow K Records
Emilly Prado discusses her debut essay collection, FUNERAL FOR FLACA.
Tags: adolescence, bilingual, Bitch Media, Chicana, diaries, diary, Eating Disorder, eating disorders, Emilly Prado, essay collection, essay writing, essays, family, family secret, fathers, fathers and daughters, Funeral for Flaca, Future Tense, Future Tense Books, Independent Publishing Resource Center, journaling, Kevin Sampsell, Margaret Malone, Melissa Matthewson, memoir, Mexican-American, Mexico, Music, Portland, Spanish, therapy, trauma
Kevin Simmonds discusses his new collection, THE MONSTER I AM TODAY.
Tags: Black respectability, blackness, Book Club, brian spears, Dionne Brand, Dorothy Dandridge, Eartha Kit, Eartha Kitt, fbi, Grace Bumbry, Kathleen Battle, Kevin Simmonds, Leontyne Price, Louisiana, Luther Vandross, Music, Northwestern University Press, opera, Patti LaBelle, poems, poetry, poetry book club, queer, queerness, research, respectability, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, singing, Southern, Southern respectability, systemic racism, The Monster I Am Today, The Monster I Am Today: Leontyne Price and a Life in Verse, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, TriQuarterly, Victor Eugene Macarty
There was nothing in the world I had ever needed to do quite like dance. ...more
Tags: adolescence, alcohol, animals, anxiety, bodies, cancer, chemo, chemotherapy, coronavirus, COVID, COVID-19, dance, dance lessons, dancing, death, fathers, fathers and daughters, female body, illness, Lee Price, mortality, Music, natural world, nature, North Carolina, pandemic, remission, Texas, women's bodies, Woods, Yoga
Alex DiFrancesco discusses their new story collection, TRANSMUTATION.
Tags: academia, Alex DiFrancesco, All City, Anne Frank, antiracism, antiracist, Bob Hicok, childhood trauma, colonialism, gothic horror, Holocaust, horror, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Jeff Mangum, Jessica Mannion, Leonard Cohen, LGBTQ, monsters, Music, names, naming, Neutral Milk Hotel, Psychopomps, queerness, Racism, Seven Stories Press, short fiction, short stories, The Diary of a Young Girl, trans, Transmutation, trauma, whiteness, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
A week before our reception, three days married, I beckon Peter to come listen to the song I’ve chosen for our first dance. ...more
Tags: Allen Ginsberg, billie holiday, Blonde on Blonde, bob dylan, Carolyn Dennis, coming out, crossdressing, dylonologist, Etta James, family, frank sinatra, gay, Gene Austin, He's Funny That Way, Howard Sounes, Kurt Loder, LGBTQ, liza minelli, marriage, Music, Nat King Cole, Obviously Five Believers, Paul Haney, queer, queerness, same-sex marriage, Ted Lewis, Temporary Like Achilles, Things Have Changed, Tony Bennett, Trinidad, Universal Love: Wedding Songs Reimagined, wedding, weddings, You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Threa Almontaser discusses her debut collection, THE WILD FOX OF YEMEN.
Tags: Abdullah Al-Baradouni, Al-Baradouni, Arabic, Arablish, bilingual, bilingual writing, Book Club, brian spears, Children of Blood and Bone, code switching, COVID, COVID-19, DMX, ESL, Google Translate, historical trauma, identity, immigrants, Joan Naviyuk Kane, language, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Music, pandemic, poems, poetry, poetry book club, post-rock, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Six of Crows, The Irregulars, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Wild Fox of Yemen, Threa Almontaser, Tomi Adeyemi, translating, translation, trauma, Victoria Chang, Warcross, Yemen, Yemeni
“Poetry is a mode of thinking through things that I can’t really articulate.”
Tags: capitalism, confessional poetry, gender inequality, gender roles, gender stereotypes, Gillian Welch, Kim Addonizio, Mackenzie Singh, marketing, Music, Now We're Getting Somewhere, Piero della Francesca, poems, poetry, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, womanhood
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
Kaitlyn Greenidge discusses her new novel, LIBERTIE.
Tags: African Diaspora, Algonquin, Algonquin Books, beloved, black history, black mothers, black women, Brandon Byrd, Brooklyn, Carrie Howland, Edith Wharton, Ellen Holly, genre, grace paley, Haiti, hilary mantel, historical fiction, homeopathy, Jacmel, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie, Liz Button, Lynn Nottage, Malick W. Ghachem, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, One Life, oral history, Port-au-Prince, Reconstruction, research, slavery, Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the age of innocence, Toni Morrison, We Love You Charlie Freeman, Weeksville Heritage Center
I wasn’t pressured to be stoic. I was permitted to release. I was permitted to be. ...more
Tags: adolescence, ancestors, Cedric the Entertainer, childhood, Christianity, church, church music, family, God, Gospel, gospel music, grandmother, grandmothers, hymns, Kirk Franklin, Leah Whitcomb, microaggressions, Music, Negro spirituals, religion, singing, Spirituals, teenagers, White Supremacy
Roberto Carlos Garcia discusses his third poetry collection, [ELEGIES].
Tags: A Tribe Called Quest, black/Maybe, capitalism, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, community, COVID, COVID-19, Elegies, Elisabet Velasquez, Get Fresh Books, grief, James Baldwin, Jean Valentine, Lucille Clifton, Malik Taylor, Mama Phife Represents, Melancolía, memories, Music, Nicole Sealey, pandemic, Phife Dawg, poems, poetry, Roberto Carlos Garcia, teaching
Erin Belieu discusses her new collection, COME-HITHER HONEYCOMB.
Tags: A.S. Byatt, Adrienne Rich, aging, Airea D. Matthews, Bible, Book Club, brian spears, Carl Phillips, Cate Marvin, Come-Hither Honeycomb, COVID, COVID-19, Crushing It, dan chaon, Dana Levin, Erin Belieu, Henri Cole, his dark materials, Ill Will, James Wright, Jean Valentine, Jennifer L. Knox, Jesus, Keats, longfellow, Lucille Clifton, motherhood, Music, My Last Duchess, Natalie Shapero, pandemic, Paraic O'Donnell, parenting, persona poems, perspective, Philip Larkin, poems, poetry, poetry book club, religion, Robert Hayden, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, S.W. Lauden, Sarah Perry, silence, Simulacra, Stephen Dunn, sylvia plath, The Children's Book, The Essex Serpent, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, tolstoy, villanelle, women's bodies
For me, performance is a conversation with the sacred and timeless, the sublime. ...more
Tags: Alberto Lopez, Alice Coltrane, Andres Renteria, Andy Goldsworthy, Antonin Artaud, Asher Levy, Astral Weeks, biracial, Body Weather Farm, Body Weather Laboratory, Butoh, Caetano Veloso, Carlos Niño, City Zen Records, climate change, climate crisis, Come Out of Your Mine, Cosmic Ocean Ship, dance, dancing, Delhi, Diamanda Galás, experimental music, Flying Lotus, folk music, Future Pigeon, Gabor Szabo, Gregory Isaacs, guitar, Hijikata Tatsumi, Hopeton Overton Brown, India, indie folk, internment, internment camps, Japan, japanese internment, Japanese-American, jazz, Jesse Peterson, Jon Hatamiya, Joni Mitchell, Kazuo Ohno, Laraaji, Leonard Cohen, los angeles, Manzanita, Mark Nishita, Meredith Monk, Mia Doi Todd, Milford Graves, Milton Nascimento, Min Tanaka, mixed race, Morning Music, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Music, Nina Simone, Orchestra Baobab, parenting, Paul Livingstone, pop music, pop songs, Ravi Shankar, reggae, rick moody, Roxanne Steinberg, Sam Gendel, Sean Okaguchi, singing, songcraft, songwriting, Specialist in All Styles, Steve Reich, swinging modern sounds, The Conquest of Mexico, The Ewe and the Eye, The Theater and Its Double, Theater of Cruelty, Tracy Wannomae, Van Morrison, Will Logan, World War II, WWII, Zebulon, Zeroone
You just have to sink into the music and let it wash over you. ...more
Tags: autumn, Bark Psychosis, Cantonese, CHVRCHES, concerts, Constant & Change, Franz Ferdinand, gilead, glasgow, God Is an Astronaut, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, grandmother, hong kong, Hungry Ghosts, If the Trees Could Talk, In the Forest and the Field, Karen Cheung, Kim Tak Building, Life Was All Silence, live music, Marilynne Robinson, Múm, Mogwai, MONO, Music, My Bloody Valentine, poetry, post-rock, Primal Scream, protesting, Protests, scottish, shoegaze, Sigur Rós, Simon Reynolds, Slint, Slowdive, Spiderland, Vonlenska, Wang Wen, We Lost the Sea
The clash of opinions about music is music itself. ...more
Tags: addiction, americana, Ariana Grande, Astral Weeks, Bandcamp, Black Flag, bob dylan, Car Seat Headrest, Cardi B, Carla Bley, CD Baby, Chris Forsyth, Chuck Berry, community, country music, COVID-19, dB's, Death Grips, Demi Levato, digital music, Dixie Dregs, Donald Trump, drug abuse, EDM, electric guitar, Elvis Costello, eminem, Forgotify, Funkadelic, Gary Giddins, George Harrison, Glenn Branca, grateful dead, Greta Van Fleet, guitar, guitars, hip-hop, Hootie and The Blowfish, Huey Lewis, independent music, Ingram Marshall, jazz, john cage, Jolie Holland, Kendrick Lamar, la monte young, Lindsay Cooper, lou reed, Megan Thee Stallion, Metal Machine Music, michael snediker, moby, Music, music critic, music criticism, neil young, New Albion, nostalgia, Other Music, pandemic, Pete Townshend, Politics, Questlove, Ratt, Ravi Shankar, reggae, Ric Ocasek, Richard Lloyd, Richard Thompson, rick moody, Rihanna, robert christgau, Run The Jewels, sexism, skrillex, songcraft, SoundCloud, Spotify, Steve Gunn, Sun Ra, swinging modern sounds, systemic inequality, systemic racism, tango, Taylor Deupree, Taylor Swift, The Best of Bread, The Messthetics, thurston moore, TikTok, tim ramick, To Pimp a Butterly, Tower Records, Trump, Virgin Megastore, Well-Tuned Piano, William Basinski
“The fact is we’re all living part of one long song.”
Tags: Allyson McCabe, COVID-19, How to Write One Song, Jeff Tweedy, Let's Go (So We Can Get Back), Love Is the King, memoir, Music, musician, musicians, pandemic, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, songwriting, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Uncle Tupelo, vulnerability, Wilco
Sarah Smarsh discusses her new book, SHE COME BY IT NATURAL.
Tags: #metoo, A. Malone, americana, class inequality, country music, Dolly Parton, Donald Trump, election 2016, feminism, gender inequality, Heartland, Hillary Clinton, journalism, memoir, Music, music industry, No Depression, poverty, research, rural, rural life, rural poverty, Sarah Smarsh, sexism, She Come By It Natural, Trump, working class
Jenny Hval discusses her new novel, GIRLS AGAINST GOD.
Tags: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, black metal, Blood Bitch, Book Club, capitalism, Chris Kraus, Clarice Lispector, collaboration, community, Edvard Munch, Film, gender roles, Girls Against God, horror, horror films, Jenny Hval, Juliana Spahr, magic, Music, neoliberalism, Norway, Norwegian, patriarchy, resistance, Rumpus Book Club, Sarah Davachi, The Rumpus Book Club, Verso Books, witchcraft
Even though I’ve only had my 12-string for two years, this is my favorite guitar. ...more
Tags: Alice Coltrane, Alice Moki Jayne, Allyson McCabe, Brooklyn Masonic Hall, By the Fire, Christian Marclay, Deb Googe, Esme Blegvad, Fender, Glenn Branca, Gretsch, guitar, guitars, James Sedwards, Jayne Cortez, Jem Doulton, Johnny Winter, Jon Leidecker, London Sinfonietta Orchestra, lou reed, Moki Cherry, Music, My Bloody Valentine, Pete Townshend, Rhys Chatham, Sonic Youth, Steve Shelley, thurston moore, Wanted/Needed/Loved
Sumita Chakraborty discusses her debut collection, ARROW.
Tags: Alice James Books, Aricka Foreman, Arrow, Book Club, book design, Boston, brian spears, Carcanet Press, Christianity, Cortney Lamar Charleston, COVID-19, Craig Santos Perez, death, debut collection, Deluge, domestic abuse, domestic violence, Eduardo C. Corral, Eduardo Corral, eurydice, Finna, form, francine j harris, grief, Guillotine, Habitat Threshold, Here Is the Sweet Hand, Hinduism, Icarus, inheritance, james merrill, Leila Chatti, lucie brock-broido, Lucille Clifton, Music, mythology, Nate Marshall, pandemic, persona poems, Piano, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Rachel Mennies, religion, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Salt Body Shimmer, Sealey challenge, sestina, Shane McCrae, Sometimes I Never Suffered, sonnet, sonnets, Sumita Chakraborty, Taylor Johnson, teaching, teaching online, teaching writing, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Tiani Kennedy, Verve Poetry Festival, zoom
I had to admit that for a businessman, he was flexible. ...more
Tags: book excerpt, businessman, dance, dancing, exclusive excerpt, Jen Hawkes, LSU Press, Mannequin and Wife, Music, Rumpus exclusive, short fiction, short stories
Enzo Silon Surin discusses his debut poetry collection, WHEN MY BODY WAS A CLINCHED FIST.
Tags: adolescence, anger, anxiety, Cate Marvin, Central Square Press, childhood, childhood trauma, debut collection, Enzo Silon Surin, Finishing Line Press, Frances Donovan, gang, gang violence, Haiti, Haitian, Higher Ground, Illmatic, immigrants, Lesley University, Letter of Resignation, masculinity, Music, Nas, new york, New York City, NYC, Peter Levine, poems, poetry, psychology, queens, street violence, teaching, teaching writing, therapy, toxic masculinity, trauma, Trauma and Memory, war on drugs, When My Body Was a Clinched Fist