I want to leave the party through the window and find my uncle standing on a piece of iron shaped into visible desperation, which must also be (how can it not?) the beginning of visible hope. ...more
Tags: death, depression, essay, family, fire escape, funeral, New York City, Ocean Vuong, poetry, Rumpus Essay, suicide, uncle, Vietnamese
When I’m reading books that work within fantastic traditions, I find they’re able to hold more truths simultaneously and give me, as a reader, room to contemplate social justice and political issues and come to my own understanding of what’s what. ...more
If the birds were first, other small things would surely follow, and we are the caretakers of small things. ...more
Tags: Ambrose Channel, Atlantic Flyway, bird watching, birds, Brooklyn, climate change, climate crisis, death, humpback whales, kindergarten, light pollution, Lindsey Trout Hughes, mortality, motherhood, Museum of Natural History, natural world, nature, new york, New York City, noise pollution, parenting, parents, Prospect Park, Ravens, Sandy Hook, school shootings, warblers, whales, yellow warblers
“What do we do about the new build?” I ask. “Do we finish it? Sell it? Finish it, then sell it?” ...more
Tags: divorce, family, House, husbands and wives, Jillian Grant, marriage, motherhood, New York City, parenting, relationships, renovations, romance, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, wedding
In this book we are taken by all three: language, plot, character. ...more
Tags: 1980s, adolescence, alcohol, book review, Cape Cod, Catherine Gammon, child abuse, child molestation, China Blue, daughters, drinking, Geri Lipschultz, molestation, mothers and daughters, New York City, painter, painting, Provincetown, review, secret, sexual abuse, Vietnam War, women's bodies, Wordsworth, wuthering heights
Her name was Ing Hua. Literal translation: Cherry Blossom. ...more
Tags: Asian American, Asian American Curriculum Project, cherry blossom, cherry blossoms, childhood trauma, China Flu, Chinese, Chinese American, COVID, COVID-19, Daoyou Feng, Double Dragon, dreams, family, grandmothers, grandparents, hate crime, hate crimes, Hyun Jung Grant, Julie Chang, names, naming, New Jersey, New York City, Nintendo, pandemic, Racism, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, taipei, Taiwan, Trump, Video Games, Vilma Kari, Xiao Zhen Xie, Xiaojie Tan, Yong Ae Yue
The frame expands. The structure collapses. The pieces are still speaking. ...more
Tags: addiction, book review, Burn It Down, Claire Rudy Foster, death, debut memoir, East Village, family, family history, fathers, fathers and daughters, grief, Heroin, Joe Schactman, Lilly Dancyger, memoir, Negative Space, New York City, NYC, opioids, parents, recovery, review, suicide attempt
With so much to hear in every moment, for Sante, the page is a score, the world a song. ...more
Tags: Barbara Epstein, book review, David Wojnarowicz, essay collection, essays, George Simeon, Joan Didion, Jonathan Leal, Kill All Your Darlings, luc sante, lynd ward, Manhattan, Manny Farber, maybe the people would be the times, Michel Houellebecq, music writing, New York City, NYC, Patti Smith, review, Richard Stark, sophie calle
There are many ways to be ripped to shreds. ...more
Tags: alcohol, alcoholic, alcoholism, animals, anxiety, Bear, Bears, bodies, book excerpt, Brooklyn, daughters, death, Dream, dreams, drinking, dying, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, Grizzly Bear, grizzly bears, Hiking, Jessica Lind Peterson, Miriam Toews, mortality, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, natural world, nature, new york, New York City, parenting, Rumpus exclusive, singing, Sound Like Trapped Thunder, women's bodies
There is nothing I want more than a happy ending. ...more
Tags: breaking up, breakup, breakups, broken heart, celebrity, Central American, cheating, class inequality, DACA, dating, Diaspora, edgar gomez, falling in love, fame, florida, gay, gay bar, gay bars, grindr, heartbreak, homosexuality, infidelity, Latinidad, Latinx, LGBTQ, love, Mexico, Miami, money, New York City, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan, polyamorous, polyamory, queer, reggaeton, relationships, Rihanna, RuPaul's Drag Race, Sábado Gigante, Sex, sex work, sex worker, sexuality, starving artists, Texas, Thong Song
To be a woman in this world is to be adopted by other women. ...more
Tags: Ashley Lopez, birds, bodies, daughters, female bodies, female body, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gender roles, Grand Central, Grand Central Station, marriage, mothers, mothers and daughters, New York City, NYC, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, wedding
Angie Cruz discusses her newest novel, DOMINICANA.
Tags: 1964 World's Fair, 2001: A Space Odyssey, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, ana castillo, Angie Cruz, caribbean, Clarice Lispector, class inequality, coming of age, Cristina Garcia, Dawn Lundy Martin, domestic abuse, domestic violence, dominican, Dominican Republic, Dominicana, Dorothy Allison, dubliners, edwidge danticat, female friendship, friendship, gender inequality, gendered violence, Guayacanes, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, identity, immigrants, immigration, James Baldwin, James Joyce, Julia Alvarez, Kubrick, Latinx, Latinx literature, Let It Rain Coffee, Malcolm X, Marguerite Duras, mothers, mothers and daughters, New York City, NYC, pregnancy, quiara alegria hudes, Sandra Cisneros, Soledad, Terrance Hayes, The Lover, Toni Morrison, Vietnam War, Washington Heights
Rebecca McClanahan discusses her new memoir-in-essays, IN THE KEY OF NEW YORK CITY.
Tags: 9/11, A.R. Ammons, audre lorde, autofiction, cancer, COVID-19, Daniel Lehman, Denise Levertov, essay writing, essays, flash, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, George Garrett, In the Key of New York City, Julie Marie Wade, memoir, memoir-in-essays, Michael Steinberg, new york, New York City, nonfiction, pandemic, poems, poetry, Rebecca McClanahan, Red Hen Press, revising, Revisions, River Teeth, Robert Root, The Fourth Genre, The Tribal Knot, Word Painting
“I like to tell my secrets.”
Tags: 16 Pills, autofiction, Carley Moore, COVID-19, depression, disability, Feminist Press, Later, LGBTQ, Maine, Matt Longabucco, Mental Health, mental illness, mentally ill, mini interview project, New York City, NYC, pandemic, Panpocalypse, Pat Hoy, Paul Lisicky, polycule, Portal Poem, queer, renee gladman, serial novel, serial novels, The Not Wives, The Stalker Chronicles, trauma
Greg Mania discusses his debut memoir, BORN TO BE PUBLIC.
Tags: anxiety, Born to Be Public, chronic pain, CLASH Books, comedy, debut memoir, depression, Elle Nash, gay, Greg Mania, LGBTQ, Megan Amram, Melissa Brode, memoir, Mental Health, mental illness, network, New York City, persona, phobias, PTSD, queer, rob delaney, self harm, Social Media, therapy, tornadoes, trauma, twitter
I surprised myself by reading Memory in an afternoon. ...more
Tags: bernadette mayer, book review, Emily Dickinson, george saunders, Holly Solomon, hybrid genre, Madness Rack and Honey, Mary Ruefle, memory, natalie dunn, New York City, Paul Valery, photographs, photography, review, Siglio Press, visual art
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
But in that same instant, as she turned, his smile froze. ...more
Tags: breaking up, dating, ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, Justin Joseph, love, New York City, relationships, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story
More than a longing for an origin story, Hernandez Castillo’s memoir is an attempt to bring the invisible to light. ...more
Tags: absent father, absent fathers, book review, border crisis, border crossing, California, Children of the Land, class inequality, DACA, deportation, displacement, fathers, fathers and sons, immigrants, immigration, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, juan luis guzman, machismo, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, memoir, Mexican, Mexico, new york, New York City, patriarchy, Poet, review, undocumented children, undocumented immigrant, undocumented immigrants, US-Mexico border, vignette
Fear is real. Pain is real. Loss is real. Suffering is real. ...more
Tags: activism, black lives matter, Carlina White, crack, crack epidemic, crime, danger, drug use, drugs, eric garner, fear, Freddie Gray, gun violence, guns, Harlem, James Baldwin, Joy White, Lucin Rosario, michael brown, New York City, police brutality, police states, police violence, protest, protesters, Protests, racial inequality, Racism, school shooting, Shamecca Harris, stop and frisk, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, war on drugs
It’s 2025 and the robots have become sentient. ...more
I’m not writing confessionals; I’m trying to write hooks. ...more
Tags: Aaron Johnston, Al Green, Alex Chilton, americana, Arkansas, Arkansas Summer, Armed forces, Beastie Boys, Beck, Big Star, Bill Withers, blues music, bob's burgers, bon iver, bossa nova, Catskills, Charles Gayle, Chris Maxwell, Cibo Matto, Cole Porter, Cormac McCarthy, country music, Dave Sardy, depression, Derek Bailey, Dr. Dre, Dust Brothers, Elegant Too, Ella Fitzgerald, elvin jones, Elvis Costello, Erik Sanko, Fantastic Spikes, frank sinatra, Fred Neil, Get Happy!!, Great American Songbook, Great Big Diamond, Gunbunnies, Harry Nilsson, Helmet, hip-hop, I'm Not Jim, Imperial Bedroom, jazz, Jim Dickinson, John Fry, John Zorn, Jonathan Lethem, Keiji Haino, Knitting Factory, Knitting Factory Records, laurie anderson, Lee Dorsey, Linda Thompson, Little Rock, lou reed, Lounge Lizards, lyricist, lyrics, Marc Ribot, Masada, McCoy Tyner, Michael Stipe, Motown, Music, My Aim Is True, Naked City, Nat King Cole, New Store No. 2, New York City, NYC, Paul McCartney, Paul Westerberg, Phil Hernandez, pixies, Revelations, richard and linda thompson, Richard Thompson, Rick Lee, rick moody, Shoot Out the Lights, Skeleton Key, songcraft, songwriting, Soul Coughing, soul music, Squeeze, Stephen Malkmus, Sunny Murray, swinging modern sounds, The Blues Explosion, The Replacements, the road, The Weeknd, They Might Be Giants, thurston moore, Tropicalismo, trust, Walter Salas-Humara, Wilco, William Parker
We met in a dorm hallway, half past midnight. ...more
Tags: Brooklyn, bushwick, college, dating, david bowie, Ender’s Game, first love, gay, Gay Marriage, Jeremiah Moriarty, LGBTQ, love, Madison, Midwest, new york, New York City, NYC, queer, queerness, relationships, romance, Rumpus Original Fiction, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, short story, Wisconsin
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
Tags: A Journal of the Plague Year, amazon, Andrew Cuomo, Chicago, coronavirus, COVID-19, Daniel Defoe, hong kong, independent booksellers, independent bookstore day, independent bookstores, Madison Street Books, mein kampf, New York City, pandemic, Singapore, This Week in Indie Bookstores
Megan Fernandes discusses her new collection of poetry, GOOD BOYS.
Tags: A Sinking Ship Is Still a Ship, academia, Alex Dimitrov, American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin, Ariel Francisco, Ashley Toliver, Bhanu Kapil, canon, Carolyn Forche, class inequality, Danez Smith, Edgar Kunz, emily bronte, Emily Dickinson, family, feminist, Frank O'Hara, Gerald Stern, Good Boys, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hala Alyan, Hannah Grieco, Henri Cole, Hilton Als, Homie, humor, humor writing, Indictus, inheritance, intersectionality, Jenny Zhang, Kahlil Gibran, mcsweeney's, Meena Alexander, Megan Fernandes, My Baby First Birthday, Natalie Eilbert, New York City, Paradise Lost, poems, poetry, racial inequality, Spectra, surrealism, Tap Out, Taylor Johnson, Terrance Hayes, The Kingdom and After, The Twenty-Ninth Year, Tin House, Tin House Books, Together and by Ourselves, Virginia Konchan, white girls, writing humor, wuthering heights
Literary events in and around NYC this week!
Tags: Alex Halberstadt, Alexandra Kleeman, Ariel Yelen, Arriel Vinson, Ashley Spivey, Ashna Ali, Barry Wallenstein, Ben Gould, Brian Platzer, Caits Meissner, Camille Perri, Cheryl Pearl Sucher, Corrine Hutchinson, D. Nurkse, Darin Strauss, Douglas Kearney, emily beyda, Eugene Lim, Eva Jahan, Evan James, Francoise Mouly, Frank Beck, Gia Gonzalez, Glennon Dolye, Hitha Palepu, Hua Jsu, Ibram X. Kendi, Jackie Torres, Jared Daniel Fagen, Jason Reynolds, jeff sharlet, Jennifer Firestone, Jenny Lee, Joe Pan, John Madera, John Reed, Julia Phillips, Kailey Tedesco, Karen Heuler, Kate Farrell, Kevin Nguyen, Kimberly Lyons, Kimmery Martin, Laura Kipnis, Leslie Jamison, Maira Kalman, Mary South, masha gessen, Matty Davis, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, New York City, notable new york, Notable NYC, Paul Muldoon, Pete Wells, Philip Fried, Robert Trebor, Roberta Allen, Roberto Carlos Garcia, Ruth Franklin, Sara Knudson, Sarah Ruhl, Sharon Mesmer, Simone White, Stephanie Strickland, Susan Chira, Susan Choi, Suzanne Dottino, Tobi Haslett
A former editor at V , Stagg is no stranger to the slippage between life and editorial. ...more
Tags: #metoo, ageism, aging, beauty, beauty image, book review, celebrity, digital age, essay collection, essays, f. scott fitzgerald, fame, fashion, fashion industry, fashion magazines, feminism, feminist, Kardashian, Me Too, Natasha Stagg, New York City, philippa snow, plastic surgery, review, Sex in the City, sleeveless, surveys!
Literary events in and around NYC this week!
Tags: Abbe Wright, Andy Christie, Brandon McGinley, Brionne Janae, Brooke Gladstone, celeste ng, Charles Soule, Charlotte Mandell, Christopher bollen, colm toibin, dave hill, Dinaw Mengestu, edwin frank, Eoin Colfer, Estelle Tang, Gabby Noone, Grace Shuyi Liew, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, Hernán Díaz, Hooman Majd, Jaclyn Friedman, James Macklin, Jeffrey Zuckerman, Jennifer Firestone, Jeremy Jusay, jessica valenti, John Allen Taylor, John Domini, John Manuel Arias, joseph salvatore, Joshua Rothman, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Kate Aronoff, Kate Gray, Katina Corrao, Katy Bohinc, Kevin Allison, Kseniya Yarosh, Laura Eve Engel, Leslie Goshko, Leslie Jamison, Lydia Denworth, malcolm gladwell, Malcolm Tariq, Marina Blitshteyn, Michelle Whittaker, Moina Pam Dick, Mychal Denzel Smith, New York City, notable new york, Notable New York City, Oana Avasilichioaei, Paul Yoon, Philippe Lançon, r. sikoryak, Rabeah Ghaffari, Rage Hezekiah, Raphaël Liogier, ratna dakini mariana, Saidiya Hartman, Sarah Cole, Sophia Starmack, Steven Johnson, Suzanne Dottino, tara isabella burton, Thessaly La Force, Timothy DuWhite, Trace Peterson, Tyler Mills, William Gibson, Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz, Youmna Chlala, Zefyr Lisowski
Literary events in and around NYC this week!
Tags: Abigail Beshkin, Abigail Kirby Conklin, AKaiser, alex mar, Alex Myers, amber tamblyn, Andre Perry, Ani Katz, Ann Hood, Anna Pitoniak, Anna Wiener, Anne Elezabeth Pluto, Avra Wing, Ben Fama, Bishakh Som, C.J. Hauser, carmen maria machado, Caroline Zancan, Christine Schutt, Corinne Donly, Cynthia Manick, Dell Lemmon, Dell Lemon, Donika Kelly, Doug Anderson, Elizabeth T. Gray, Emily Blair, emily gould, Erica Schreiner, Gardiner Comfort, Hal Y. Zhang, Hala Alyan, Hannah Bae, Hannah Sullivan, Haruna Lee, Ishion Hutchinson, Jackson Bird, Jacob Rogers, James Hannaham, James Trask, Jeanne Thornton, Jeffrey Colvin, Jennifer Martelli, Jessica Francis Kane, Jill Eisenstadt, Jill Hoffman, Jodi Kantor, John Yau, Jonathan Tel, Judy Schneier, Kate Kremer, Kristen Kosmas, Laurie Stone, Leah Umansky, Marco Roth, Marcy Dermansky, Marine Cornuet, Mark Warenaar, Mary South, Megan Milks, Michael Ruhlman, Mira Ptacin, MIranda Popkey, Molly Fischer, Nadia Owusu, New York City, Nicole Zelniker, Nicolette Polek, notable new york, Notable NYC, Patrik Henry Bass, Precious Okoyomon, Q.M. Hall, Richard Hoffman, Roseann Lake, Ryan D. Matthews, Ryan Teitman, Rye Curtis, Shannon Taggart, Stacie Evans, Stephanie Dickinson, Suzanne Dottino, Tanen Jones, Veronica Ciastko, Z Kennedy-Lopez
Saturday 12/14: Sade Lanay and Uche Nduka join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Sunday 12/15: Kareem Rahma launches We Were Promised Flying Cars: 100 Haiku from the Future with Jennifer Baker. Bluestockings, 7 p.m., free. Mateo Díaz, Claudia Becerr, and others celebrate issue 4 of América Invertida. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 2 p.m., free.
Tags: Adriane Quinlan, Alex Gregor, Allie Rowbottom, Andrew Marzoni, Claudia Becerr, Jake Syersak, Jenessa Abrams, Jennifer Baker, Jonathan Larson, Kareem Rahma, Kelly Tsai, Lilly Dancyger, Lisa Rosenberg, Marco Rafala, Mateo Díaz, Michaela Morton, New York City, notable new york, Notable New York City, NYC, Rena J. Mosteirin, Sade LaNay, Uche Nduka, Zefyr Lisowski