“Memory is not a journalist’s tool. Memory glimmers and hints, but shows nothing sharply or clear.” ...more
The aestheticization of violence in literature, like other representations, can be deceiving. ...more
Summer was ending, and my sister was shrinking. I first noticed when we were sitting on the dock near the lake at our summer camp; as she stretched her bare leg toward the water, I saw a new striation of musculature in her calf, a ridge that didn’t used to be there. Atop her denim […]
To be imbricated in hundreds of years of colonial violence is to be entangled in colorist logics and stories of loss and belonging that are rarely linear or singular. ...more
Tags: blackness, book review, Cambridge, caribbean, childhood trauma, collage, colonialism, cooperative, Essay Press, essay writing, essays, farming, historical trauma, homophobia, hybrid, hybrid genre, hybrid memoir, immigration, katherine agyemaa agard, kathryn walkiewicz, Lapeyrouse, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Massachusetts, memoir, microagression, microagressions, mixed media, mothers, mothers and daughters, of colour, patriarchy, Peter Doig, photography, poems, poetry, Port of Spain, prose poems, queer, queerness, Racism, review, sexism, sexuality, slavery, trauma, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, visual art, whiteness
To have lost, found, and then lost again seems especially wrenching, a kind of unmothering. ...more
Tags: adoption, birth mother, book review, Campus Cuties, childhood, childhood trauma, Chin-Sun Lee, Cornell University, Dare Wright, debut collection, debut memoir, divorce, dollhouse, dolls, Domecon, fairy tale, family, family history, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gender roles, Jean Nathan, John Broadus Watson, literary tropes, marriage, Megan Culhane Galbraith, memoir, memoir-in-essays, memories, memory, motherhood, mothering, mothers, patriarchy, photographs, photography, review, The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child's Memory Book, The Lonely Doll, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, trauma
An illustrated review of David Benjamin Sherry’s new book, AMERICAN MONUMENTS!
Tags: American Monuments, book review, comic, Comics, David Benjamin Sherry, illustrated review, Kateri Kramer, photography, Radius Books, review, Sketch Book Reviews, Terry Tempest Williams
“As a writer, to describe even perils can be a form of hope.”
Tags: Acting My Age, aging, Christian Divine, climate change, climate crisis, Compared to What?, Curves of Pursuit, George Carlin, hawaii, Honolulu, John Fowles, leland cheuk, Life Is Strange, Life Is Worth Losing, mortality, Nacio Jan Brown, Nami Mun, Norma Farber, photography, Rag Theatre, Robert Lowell, Shawna Yang Ryan, Sidney Farber, Tales for the Son of My Unborn Child, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Thomas Farber, Through a Liquid Mirror, Wayne Levin, WS Merwin
Suchitra Vijayan discusses her new book, MIDNIGHT’S BORDERS.
Tags: Aruni Kashyap, Asian American, bollywood, Brahmanism, caste system, democracy, Hindu, Hinduism, Hinduphobia, Hindutva, immigrants, immigration, India, Indian American, Indian American literature, Leni Riefenstahl, Midnight's Borders, Midnight's Borders: A People's History of Modern India, model minority, Modi, Narendra Damodardas Modi, Narendra Modi, neoliberalism, photographs, photography, Polis Project, Politics, Priyanka Chopra, south asian, South Asian American, South Asian diaspora, Stan Swamy, Suchitra Vijayan, travel writing
I wonder, then, what it is to die. Perhaps to die is a matter of location. ...more
Tags: Armero, Bogotá, Caldas, camera, Colombia, Colombian, death, family, fathers, fathers and sons, Frank Fournier, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, German Santamaria, Ibague, Ilya Kaminsky, language, Maggie Nelson, Maria Aleida Sánchez Garzon, mortality, mudslide, names, naming, natural disaster, natural disasters, Nevado del Ruíz, Ocean Vuong, Omayra Sánchez Garzón, Paris Match Magazine, photograph, photography, photojournalism, Ricardo Frasso Jaramillo, Tolima, tragedy, volcano
An exclusive look at the cover of Joy Castro’s forthcoming novel, FLIGHT RISK.
Tags: Appalachia, Appalachian Mountains, book covers, book design, Brothers Grimm, Chicago, collaboration, cover art, cover design, cover reveal, Cuban-American, divorce, domestic violence, fairy tales, family dysfunction, Flight Risk, illustration, Joy Castro, Lake Union, Lake Union Publishing, Latina, Latinx, marriage, Micaela Alcaino, mixed media, photography, Rumpus exclusive, runaway, The Six Swans, West Virginia
Megan Culhane Galbraith discusses her debut book, THE GUILD OF THE INFANT SAVIOUR.
Tags: adoptee, adoption, adoption trauma, agency, Bennington, birth mother, Catholic Charities, childhood, childhood trauma, Cornell, Cornell University, debut memoir, dollhouse, dolls, Domecon, essays, family, foster care, hybrid genre, hybrid memoir, Jacqueline Alnes, Lucille Clifton, Megan Culhane Galbraith, memoir, memoir-in-essays, motherhood, mothering, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nancy Verrier, parenting, photographs, photography, research, Saltonstall Foundation, shame, The Guild of the Infant Saviour, The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child's Memory Book, trauma, unreliable narrator, unreliable narrators
Adrienne Christian discusses her newest collection, WORN.
Tags: Adrienne Christian, Book Club, brian spears, clothes, clothing, community, COVID, COVID-19, Dorianne Laux, dysfunctional relationships, family dysfunction, ghazal, Joseph Millar, Joy Castro, Kwame Dawes, Michigan, Miller Williams, Monica Prince, Nebraska, New Orleans, new york, pandemic, photography, poems, poetry, poetry book club, prose poem, prose poems, Prose Poetry, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Santa Fe Writers Project, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, tokyo, travel, traveling, Worn
An exclusive look at the cover of Michael Lowenthal’s forthcoming story collection, SEX WITH STRANGERS.
Tags: book covers, book design, cover design, cover reveal, Jennifer Conn, Jeremy John Parker, LGBTQ, Michael Lowenthal, Nico Segall Tobon, photography, queer, queerness, Rumpus exclusive, Sex, sexuality, University of Wisconsin Press
I lived there, suspended in the moment before I chose to move. ...more
Tags: anxiety, anxiety disorder, bipolar, Cameron Gorman, childhood, death, depression, ghost stories, ghost story, ghosts, grief, high school, Lexapro, loss, memories, memory, Mental Health, mental illness, nostalgia, obsessive compulsive, ocd, photography, regrets, relationships, roommates, self harm, Semyon Kirlian, suicidal ideation, trauma
It’s hard to see what isn’t there. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Barbie Zelizer, camera, COVID-19, Erving Goffman, female bodies, femininity, feminism, gender inequality, gender roles, Gladys Engel Lang, husbands and wives, James Elkins, John Berger, journalism, Kurt Lang, Marita Sturken, marriage, motherhood, Nancy Hiemstra, pandemic, parenting, Paul Frosh, photograph, photographer, photographs, photography, pregnancy, pregnant, Rachel Somerstein, representation, stock photos, Tourists of History, women's bodies
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
“[I]t is an itch that needs to be scratched. To test. To push. To prove to myself.”
Tags: anarchy, Art Is Autism, autism, autistic, avant garde, Baudrillard, Christopher Nosnibor, Clinicality Press, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, experimental, experimentalist, Facebook, gentrification, gentrified, Inside the Castle, Interiors for ?, Jared Pappas-Kelley, John Trefrey, photography, Richard Brammer, Scott Beauchamp, Social Media, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, underground art, vaporwave, Zak Ferguson, zines
The speaker must believe in transience, in shapeshifting without permission. ...more
Tags: Art, bodies, book review, camera, cameras, Candice Wuehle, dead bodies, dead body, dead girl, death, Death Industrial Complex, female bodies, female body, Francesca Woodman, gender, gender inequality, Hannah V Warren, mirrors, perversion, photography, poems, poetry, poetry review, preservation, review, visual art, women's bodies
“A poem cannot exist without form or structure, just like the human body can’t operate without a skeleton.”
Tags: academia, as I lay dying, bodies, Claudia Cortese, day job, emergency room, ER, human body, Invisible Man, Lenny DellaRocca, medical, medicine, menstrual cycle, menstruation, mittelschmerz, ovulation, photography, poems, poetry, Ralph Ellison, Royal Rose Magazine, Sarah Kersey, skeleton, South Florida Poetry Journal, stereotypes, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, trauma, visual art, Wallace Stevens, William Faulkner, x-ray
It took all of the world’s beauty for me step forward, once more. ...more
Tags: break-ups, breaking up, California, Christopher Soto, grief, heartbreak, instagram, iphone, iphone photography, iPhones, loss, love, memories, memory, photographs, photography, photos, Poppies, relationships, Social Media, super bloom, superbloom, valentine's day
Elizabeth Geoghegan discusses her debut story collection, EIGHTBALL.
Tags: caroline gordon, debut colllection, eightball, Elizabeth Geoghegan, Flannery O'Connor, Hemingway, henry james, Jahan Khajavi, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, loss, Lucia Berlin, Marguerite Duras, Mrs. Dalloway, Music, Paul Bowles, photographer, photography, privilege, Rome, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Garden of Eden, The Lover, The Sheltering Sky, Trastevere, travel, virginia woolf
“I wanted it to feel like it was done with urgency because it was.”
Tags: 9/11, Alexander Chee, Donald Trump, East Indian, election 2016, family, Good Talk, graphic memoir, memoir, michael jackson, Mira Jacob, motherhood, mothers, mothers and sons, New Mexico, One World, parenting, photography, Politics, publishing industry, Racism, Ryan Chapman, Social Media, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
“I see objects and things as reliquaries that can hold stories.”
Tags: Adam Gilders, Asham House, Death in Venice, ghost, ghost stories, ghost story, ghosts, Guestbook, Gus Powell, Heather Wells Peterson, Important Artifacts, instagram, J&L Books, Jason Fulford, Leanne Shapton, Paul Marlow, photographer, photographs, photography, Riverhead Books, Social Media, Swimming Studies, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, virginia woolf
Everything is political. To believe otherwise is a form of willful ignorance. ...more
Tags: Amsterdam, Art, capitalism, class inequality, dollhouse, Dutch Golden Age, Hieronymus Francken the Younger, influencers, instagram, Jan Davidsz de Heem, jessie burton, lemons, Lindsay Lynch, Mark Doty, money, painting, paintings, Petronella Oortman, photography, Rijksmuseum, Social Media, Still Life, still life painting, the miniaturist, visual art, wealth, Willem Claesz Heda, Wyoming
“I want to always fight for art, not against it.”
Tags: addiction, adolescence, Alice Sola Kim, Annie Proulx, beauty standards, biracial, Black Tickets, Boca Raton, Che Yeun, coming of age, Daniil Kharms, debut memoir, editing, editor, Encyclopedia Brown, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, first book, florida, gender roles, grace paley, Heather Lewis, imposter syndrome, Jaime Herndon, Jaquira Díaz, Jayne Anne Phillips, Joy Williams, Justine Champine, katherine anne porter, kazuo ishiguro, Kenzaburo Oe, kristen arnett, Kristin Dombek, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, Lynda Barry, memoir, Nikolai Gogol, Osama Alomar, photographs, photography, privilege, queer, Samantha Irby, T Kira Madden, The Chronology of Water, the remains of the day, trauma, WG SEbald, Yasunari Kawabata
Tsitsi Dangarembga discusses her new novel, THIS MOURNABLE BODY.
Tags: A House For Mr. Biswas, Ben Okri, Book Club, charlie hebdo, depression, Earl Lovelace, Eva Woods, Film, gender roles, graywolf press, language, Marisa Siegel, mourning, Nervous Conditions, photography, Rumpus Book Club, second person, Siphiwe Ndlovu, Teju Cole, The Book of Not, The Theory of Flight, The Wine of Astonishment, This Mournable Body, tourism, Tsitsi Dangarembga, V.S. Naipul, Zimbabwe
The ocean is deep, unfathomably so. And one can stay on the surface or keep on plumbing the depths. ...more
Tags: Aimé Césaire, An Untamed State, Basquiat, colonialism, Dominican Republic, Earthquake, edwidge danticat, Francois Duvalier, Haiti, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, immigration, Jean Bertrande Aristide, Junot Diaz, Katherine Dunham, Laurent Dubois, Maryse Conde, migration, photography, postcolonialism, Raoul Peck, refugees, Ronald Reagan, Roxane Gay, Sarah T., Sarah Trembath, Suze Baron, Ton Ton Macoute, Torch, Wyclef Jean
Quintan Ana Wikswo discusses her novel,
A Long Curving Scar Where the Heart Should Be, delving into the facets of trauma, and her creative processes. ...more
Tags: A Long Curving Scar Where the Heart Should Be, Abuse, american south, audre lorde, boundaries, bullying, Cormac McCarthy, domestic abuse, domestic violence, Dust Bowl, gender politics, gender roles, genocide, Great Depression, hate crimes, Henry Miller, historical fiction, Lawrence Durrel, Lesbian, LGBTQ, New Deal, photographs, photography, plantations, post traumatic stress, PTSD, queer, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Racism, Sara Rauch, segregation, sexuality, sisters, slavery, socialism, South, Stalking Horse Press, The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far, trauma, Twins, Virginia, William Faulkner
Rolff Potts discusses his new book,
Souvenir, the mythological element of souvenir collecting, and the inevitability of mortality. ...more
Tags: Joseph Campbell, Marco Polo Didn't Go There, memories, mythology, photographs, photography, Rolf Potts, Sean Lawlor, Souvenir, souvenirs, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Hero's Journey, travel, travel writing, Vagabonding
Rachel Lyon discusses her debut novel,
Self-Portrait with Boy, artistic communities, the quotidian nature of the supernatural, and hyper-gentrification. ...more
Tags: 1982 Loft Law, 1990s, 90s, Accident, artists, Ben Lasman, DUMBO, gentrification, ghost, ghost stories, ghosts, Jeremiah Moss, LGBTQ, New York City, NYC, photographer, photography, queer, Rachel Lyon, Self Portrait with Boy, squatters, tragedy