Robert L. Shuster discusses his debut novel, TO ZENZI.
Tags: adolescence, Alan Bullock, All Quiet on the Western Front, Arthur Golden, berlin, Berlin Death of Dance, debut novel, Erich Maria Remarque, Germany Year Zero, Helmut Altner, historical fiction, hitler, Hitler and Stalin, James P. O'Donnell, John Domini, Little Big Man, Lolita, Marie Vassiltchikov, Martin Bormann, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nabokov, Nazi Germany, norman mailer, Paul Fussell, research, Robert L. Shuster, Robert Shuster, The Battle of Britain, The Bridge at Remagen, The Bunker, The Great War and Modern Memory, The Naked and the Dead, The Search, The World at War, Thomas Berger, To Zenzi, Tristan and Isolde, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Wagner, Walter Cronkite, war, war writing, World War II, WWII
Avni Doshi discusses her debut novel, BURNT SUGAR.
Tags: Aravind Adiga, Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar, childhood trauma, community, daughters, debut novel, elena ferrante, first sentences, gender inequality, gender roles, Lolita, MFA, misogyny, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nabokov, Naheed Patel, Overlook Press, performative, performing, revising, revision, smell, The Lying Life of Adults, The White Tiger, Tibor Jones South Asia Prize, trauma, unlikable characters, women's bodies, writing community
What a fitting end to the postmodern literary experiment. Or are we just getting warmed up? ...more
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I always thought I was too smart to be one of those girls. ...more
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Alisson Wood discusses her debut memoir, BEING LOLITA.
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Alisson Wood shares a reading list to celebrate her debut memoir, BEING LOLITA.
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“You are so sexy,” he said. I met his gaze. And the warning bell rang. ...more
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Tracy O’Neill discusses her new novel QUOTIENTS.
Tags: Alexandra Chang, Belfast, big data, Book Club, book covers, book design, Comme des Garçons, coronavirus, COVID-19, Days of Distraction, digital age, Don DeLillo, editing, Giovanni's Room, hedge funds, Iggy Pop, Internet, Intimacy, Ireland, Jason Booher, Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Nguyen, Lisburn, military, Nabokov, New Waves, Northern Ireland, NSA, Patsy Cline, Percival Everett, Quotients, Rei Kawakubo, research, revision, Robert Creeley, Rumpus Book Club, Sad Janet, Soho Press, spy novels, syntax, technology, The Hopeful, The Rumpus Book Club, Tracy O'Neill
Poet Linda Bierds discusses her newest collection, THE HARDY TREE.
Tags: Abi Pollokoff, Alan Turing, Catherine Bresner, centos, Copper Canyon Press, England, erasure, erasure poems, Fibonacci, Gabrielle Bates, geometry, Linda Bierds, London, Nabokov, poems, poetry, rachel edelman, Roget’s Illusion, Stanley Spencer, The Ghost Trio, The Hardy Tree, Thomas Hardy, virginia woolf, war, World War I, World War II, wwI, WWII
Garrard Conley and Taylor Larsen discuss their recent work.
Tags: bigotry, Bobcat, Boy Erased, camp, Christianity, coming of age, conversion therapy, evangelical Christianity, family, femininity, Garrard Conley, gay, gender, gender roles, hawthorne, homophobia, identity, interiority, Jerome Ellison Murphy, landscape, LGBTQ, masculinity, memoir, Nabokov, nature, new england, queer, Rebecca Lee, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, sexuality, Stranger Father Beloved, sylvia plath, Taylor Larsen, The Professor's House, The Scarlet Letter, transcendentalism, weather, willa cather
“I wanted to write a manifesto on the artistic act of a woman looking and making.”
Tags: art monster, Bluets, Caroline Hagood, Elisabeth Frost, Elizabeth Stone, female bodies, female body, gender inequality, gender roles, Hanging Loose, hybrid genre, impostor syndrome, Jane Van Slembrouck, John Berger, Looking at a Woman, Lunatic Speaks, Maggie Nelson, Making Maxine’s Baby, Mary Shelley, memoir, motherhood, mothers, Nabokov, Pale Fire, poetry, Rufi Thorpe, teaching, teaching writing, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, women's bodies
Marin Sardy discusses her debut memoir, THE EDGE OF EVERY DAY: SKETCHES OF SCHIZOPHRENIA.
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Adrienne Celt discusses her forthcoming novel,
Invitation to a Bonfire, how she found its characters’ voices, and what it means to build a legacy. ...more
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Juan Martinez discusses his debut collection
Best Worst American, his relationship to the English language, and why Nabokov ruined his writing for years. ...more
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Here is a list of books that help remind us what
actually makes America great (hint: it’s not tax cuts). ...more
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In my memory, the Learning Support room is always shadowy. Outside, other girls are forever laughing as they amble past. ...more
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Tobias Carroll discusses his newest collection
Transitory, the influence of film on his writing, and getting good news at bad times. ...more
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Chris Santigo on his new collection
Tula, writing a multilingual text, and the connections between music and writing poetry. ...more
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On the Ploughshares blog, Mishka Hoosen explores the phenomenon of young women claiming for themselves the “nymphet” moniker on various Tumblr pages. Hoosen argues that it is more than simplistic fetishization of the themes induced by Nabokov’s Lolita—these women are owning their forbidden sexuality within the protections allowed them. Like the Lolita character, they claim this […]
Rich Cohen discusses his new book
The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones, writing book proposals, and interviewing rock stars. ...more
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Annie DeWitt discusses her debut novel,
White Nights in Split Town City, the 90s, and the brutality of nature. ...more
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Nabokov’s epilepsy, heart problems, and unpublished letters. A dictionary for the fleshy bits of brain that store our words. Ephemerality meets Instagram. The secret sauce behind NBC’s Olympics telecast. Your designated BFF might not even know your name.
At n+1, philosopher and writer Justin E.H. Smith remembers Jenny Diski, and shares their correspondence. For Diski, death was always the subject, the knot to admire, wryly, and attempt to untie: …the year before her diagnosis, Jenny invokes the bleak wisdom of Beckett’s line, “Birth was the death of him.” She wonders with Nabokov why […]
For the NYRB, Tim Parks meditates on writing in English through investigating various authors who made switches from native tongues to the more economically viable lingua franca, like Nabokov and Conrad—or who did the exact opposite, like Jhumpa Lahiri—all in effort to answer the question: Why write in English?
At The New Republic, Laura Marsh examines the interplay—or lack thereof—between Nabokov’s identities as a writer and a lepidopterist. In her investigative and detailed cataloguing of scientific and literary happenings, her only steadfast finding may be this: “There’s a special sense in which all of this activity, however unenlightening, is essentially Nabokovian.”
Facial recognition technology is a little racist. Two writers talk about the end of the world and more importantly, the end of social media. Robots are just babies—tiny, terrifying babies. Nabokov and butterfly sex.
Tags: Apocalypse, artificial intelligence, bias, butterflies, facial recognition, Nabokov, Racism, robots, Social Media, Vladimir Nabakov, weekly geekery
Rob Roberge talks about his new memoir,
Liar, the differences between writing fiction and writing memoir, and why every narrator is an unreliable narrator. ...more
Tags: addiction, alcohol, Crown, Daniel J Cecil, Demons, drugs, empathy, fallibility, LIAR, memoir, memory, memory conformity, MFA, musician, Nabokov, Narrative Theory, Rob Roberge, second person, secrets, sobriety, social contagion of memory, subjectivity, teaching writing, The Cost of Living, unreliable narrator, yo la tengo
…there is a canonical body of literature in which women’s stories are taken away from them, in which all we get are men’s stories. And that these are sometimes not only books that don’t describe the world from a woman’s point of view, but inculcate denigration and degradation of women as cool things to do. […]
From Dickens to Nabokov to Ali Smith, Kate Webb traces the history of authors pondering Christmas, and the 21st century revival of the Christmas story: Even in our prickly individualism, hemmed in by consumer goods, there are moments when we can escape from safe, homogenized lives to experience the tingling pleasures of heat and cold, […]
It was like being marched through someone’s private idea of a perfect night, a night where I was the center but one that had curiously little to do with me at all—all of which is to say that in an equation of desire, the object of desire can be integral and incidental at the same […]