Dear MFA Faculty at Private University, ...more
. . . a scathing, satirical campus novel about academia, orientalism, the Western commodification of Asian cultures, and the lengths to which institutions will go to protect their reputations and their darlings. ...more
Beth Morgan discusses her debut novel, A TOUCH OF JEN.
Tags: A Touch of Jen, Beth Morgan, Brooklyn College, David Hollander, debut novel, horror, horror movies, individualism, instagram, Jean Garnett, MFA, Mike Leigh, Sarah Lawrence College, satire, science fiction, speculative, speculative fiction, Svetlana Satchkova, The Shipping News, Tony Tulathimutte
The brutality of frat culture, Nugent suggests, is a veneer that hardly masks its devotees’ miseries and insecurities. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Animal House, Benjamin Nugent, book review, campus rape, cliche, cliches, college, E. M. Forster, fraternities, Fraternity, gender binary, groupthink, hazing, homophobia, Intimacy, linked stories, literary tropes, masculinity, Maurice, millennial, millennials, misogyny, patriarchy, queerness, review, sara krolewski, satire, sexual assault, sexual violence, short fiction, short stories, toxic masculinity, tropes, umass amherst, violence
Rachel Genn discusses her new novel, WHAT YOU COULD HAVE WON.
Tags: addiction, Amy Winehouse, And Other Stories, Dries Van Noten, drugs, hilary mantel, Jo Varnish, kafka, Mat Treiber, Max Brod, music industry, musicians, neuroscience, Paul Celan, perspective, point of view, power dynamics, psychiatrist, psychiatry, Rachel Genn, rehab, relationships, satire, science, social satire, the cure, the sopranos, tony soprano, Ursula K. Le Guin, What You Could Have Won
The horror of violence is not assuaged by announcing it quickly. ...more
Tags: atheist, book review, catholicism, Christ, CJ Green, faith, Flannery O'Connor, God, identity, irony, Jesuit, Jewish, john l'heureux, judaism, Julian of Norwich, priest, religion, review, satire, short fiction, short stories, stigmata, Supernatural, the heart is a full-wild beast, violence
Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his new story collection, THE WORLD DOESN’T REQUIRE YOU.
Tags: academia, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, amber sparks, Animal Farm, bartleby, Cross River, Daniel Jose Older, Edward P. Jones, f. scott fitzgerald, fabulism, fatherhood, george orwell, Herman Melville, higher education, Insurrections, Invisible Man, James Joyce, Joy Williams, Ninety-Nine Stories of God, novella, Paul Beatty, Percival Everett, Ralph Ellison, Rion Amilcar Scott, Roxane Gay, satire, short fiction, short stories, slavery, teaching writing, The Crack-Up, The Sellout, The World Doesn't Require You, Ulysses
“[Y]ou really want to engage a reader, and not abuse their time.”
Tags: appropriation, César Aira, Horacio Castellanos Moya, humor, humor writing, literary humor, Michael Barron, michael ondaatje, novella, Paul Beatty, philip roth, Politics, Publishing, publishing industry, Riots I Have Known, Ryan Chapman, satire, Senselessness, Sri Lanka, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Sellout, Thomas Bernhard, writing humor
Maurice Carlos Ruffin discusses his debut novel, WE CAST A SHADOW.
Tags: A Confederacy of Dunces, drugs, humor, humor writing, J. Isaiah Holbrook, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Michelle Alexander, New Orleans, parenting, police brutality, police violence, racial violence, Racism, satire, skin color, skin lightening cream, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Trayvon Martin, We Cast a Shadow, White Supremacy, writing humor
Soniah Kamal discusses her forthcoming novel, UNMARRIAGABLE.
Tags: Ballantine Books, bollywood, Bride and Prejudice, class inequality, colonialism, colonization, cooking, Elizabeth Bennet, elizabeth strout, feminism, food, Ghulam Abbas, Ismat Chugtai, James Ellroy, Jane Austen, Kishwar Naheed, Krishan Chander, LA Confidential, Madhushree Ghosh, Maria Qamar, marriage, olive kitteridge, Pakistan, patriarchy, postcolonialism, Pride and Prejudice, Saadat Hasan Manto, satire, Saudi Arabia, soniah kamal, south asian, Tradition, Trust No Aunty, Unmarriageable, Urdu
“I have to confess here that I never studied Shakespeare in college.”
Tags: academe, academia, acronyms, Amy Danzer, Anna Karenina, Cervantes, college, Dear Committee Members, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, higher education, humanities, humor, Julie Schumacher, professors, roz chast, satire, Shakespeare, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Shakespeare Requirement, Thurber Prize, tolstoy, University of Minnesota, writing humor
Chris Kraus discusses her latest book,
After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography, writing about art under patriarchy, politics, and “the truth.” ...more
Tags: After Kathy Acker, Aliens and Anorexia, Art History, art world, autofiction, biography, Chris Kraus, cowboy, dirty literati, flaubert, gender inequality, Gossip, I Love Dick, Jeff Koons, Jonathan Myles, Katherine Cooper, Kathy Acker, new york school, patriarchy, Politics, Rebecca Carson, satire, Semiotexte, Sex, sexuality, social comedy
Ben Gwin discusses his debut novel,
Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Regan Middleton, the book’s unique structure, and writing satire. ...more
Tags: A Visit from the Goon Squad, addiction, addicts, alcoholic, alcoholism, anxiety, Ben Gwin, Burrow Press, Clean Time, cultural criticism, drug addiction, drugs, editing, editors, humor, humor writing, hyperbole, narrative structure, Pale Fire, postmodern, reality tv, recovery, rehab, Ryan Rivas, satire, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Mark your calendars, gentlemen—and watch your backs! ...more
Tags: #metoo, Funny Women, gender inequality, gender stereotypes, humor, humor writing, Kate Heidel, Lifetime, satire, television, tropes
Barbie Chang is an intelligent, lively portrayal of the pressures on contemporary women (especially mothers), and a breathlessly entertaining read. ...more
Tags: Barbie, Barbie Chang, Books, Circle, Copper Canyon Press, daughters, dementia, Denise Duhamel, Jeannine Hall Gailey, kinky, motherhood, mothering 2018, Mothering Outside the Margins, mothers, Mr. Darcy, poetry, Reviews, satire, The Boss, Victoria Chang
Broder opens up a fantastical vein to offer a glimpse at how we might find each other again. ...more
Tags: addiction, Amelia Possanza, book review, Cat Person, dating, debut novel, los angeles, Melissa Broder, mermaids, mythology, satire, So Sad Today, The Pisces, tinder
Lynn Freed discussions her recent essay collection,
The Romance of Elsewhere, the importance of a good first sentence, and the risks involved in writing irony. ...more
Tags: Doris Lessing, Durban, essay collection, essays, expatriate, expatriate writers, expats, gender violence, Gloria Mundi, humor, Literary Community, lynn freed, Nina Moog, nostalgia, Paris Review, political correctness, Rose Macaulay, satire, South Africa, The Last Laugh, The Romance of Elsewhere, violence against women
Natasha Stagg discusses her debut novel,
Surveys, obsession with celebrity, social media, and how she approached writing about something so ephemeral. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, celebrity, debut author, debut novel, fame, famous, first book, Internet, internet addiction, Internet fame, jealousy, Lana Del Rey, Marilyn Monroe, market research, mickie meinhardt, Natasha Stagg, satire, Semiotexte, Social Media, surveys!
“Are we going to try to restore our country to the condition it was in before, or we going to try to imagine something better?”
Tags: Alexandra Kleeman, Alexandra Serio, alternative facts, Art, Bret Stephens, Christian Lorentzen, Donald Trump, Intimations, Kellyanne Conway, New York Times, Politics, protest, satire, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Trump, You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine
We believe that to remain the world’s best news organization, we must allow journalists time with these human families.
Devorah Blachor discusses
The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess, princess culture in America and abroad, and publishing a book on feminism in the current political climate. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, amy shearn, bell hooks, daughters, Devorah Blachor, Disney, Disney princess, feminism, gender, gender roles, Hillary Clinton, humor, humor writing, intersectional feminism, israel, Jerusalem, Luxembourg, motherhood, New York Times, parenthood, parenting, princess, satire, Sofia the First, The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess, Turkey, Turn Your Princess Toddler into a Feminist in 8 Easy Steps
Tags: Argyle C. Klopnik, cartoon, comic, fake news, mythology, Nero, political cartoon, Politics, Rome, satire, Trump
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
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, activism, Believer, cliches, Eleanor Catton, empathy, Enormous Eye, Erica Berry, essay writing, essays, identity politics, Internet, John Gardner, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Leslie Jamison, millennials, Nell Zink, New York Magazine, O. Henry Prize, Ottessa Moshfegh, Private Citizens, procrastination, San Francisco, satire, Seth Meyers, silicon valley, Social Media, standup comedy, the American Reader, Threepenny Review, Tony Tulathimutte, twitter, Video Games, western massachusetts, Whiting Award, writing, zadie smith
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan discusses her new novel,
Sarong Party Girls, concubine culture, and the freedom of writing fiction after a career in journalism. ...more
Tags: A Tiger in the Kitchen, asia, audience, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Catherine Cusick, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Clueless, concubine, election 2016, Emma, Emma Bovary, female friendship, feminism, friendship, Hillary Clinton, Hua Hsu, Jane Austen, Jazzy, jocular racism, jocular sexism, journalism, KTV lounge, madame bovary, marriage, patriarchy, Politics, Sarong Party Girls, satire, Sex and the City, sexism, sexual harassment, Singapore, Singlish, Thailand, women, women's studies
Robert Glancy discusses his sophomore novel,
Please Do Not Disturb, growing up under a dictatorship, borrowing and stealing from reality, and his love of proverbs. ...more
Tags: Banda, Bwalo, Ceausescu, censorship, Chichewa, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe, colonialism, creative nonfiction, dictatorship, Donald Trump, edinburgh, election 2016, genre, Hemingway, Hillary Clinton, history, humor, Ireland, Jon Ronson, malawi, Margaret Atwood, margaret thatcher, martin amis, Max Gray, Mobutu, New Zealand, norman mailer, novel, Nyasaland, Paul Theroux, please do not disturb, Politics, proverbs, research, robert glancy, Rumble in the Jungle, satire, Scotland, Terms & Conditions, terror, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, Trump, When We Were Kings, writing, Zaire, zambia
Tired of the incessant number of novels describing women in terms of their slender bodies, simple minds, or sexual status? Over at McSweeney’s, read this hilarious satire from Meg Ellison where the gender script is flipped, and men are written about with equally ridiculous objectification.
Podcatcher talks with Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh of
#GoodMuslimBadMuslim about the podcast format, finding humor in absurdity, and diversity within the Muslim identity. ...more
Tags: #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, 18MillionRising.org, Al Qaeda, Alif the Unseen (by G Willow Wilson), All Atheists Are Muslim, Anik Khan, Another Round, Asian Americana, atheism, AV Club, Awaz Do, Being Mary Jane, BitchMedia, burkini, Call Your Girlfriend, comedy, Debate Wars, diversity, Doctors & Engineers, Donald Trump, feminism, Good Girls Marry Doctors, Guy Branum, Hate Copy, hate crimes, Hiba Khan, Horsepowar, identity, intersectionality, Is This Racist?, Islam, Islamophobia, Jai Wolf, Judah Friedlander, Kalakari Collective, Khushboo Gulati, Kiran Gandhi, LGBT, Marine Le Pen, Master of None, michael ian black, microaggressions, Milk and Honey (by Rupi Kaur), Mishthi Music, muslim, Muslim American, Muslims, Nancherla, Native Believer (By Ali Eteraz), Osama Bin Laden, p.e. garcia, persian, phillip garcia, plays, podcast, podcatcher, Politically Reactive with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, Quincy Surasmith, race, Racism, Riz Ahmed, sarcasm, satire, Scott Pinkmountain, Seeso, September 11th, sexism, Shia, Shrill (by Lindy West), Sooo Many White Guys, south asian, Spivak, St. Lenox, stand up, stand up comedy, sunni, Tanzila Ahmed, taqwacore, taqwacores, Taz Ahmed, The Atlantic, The Heart, The History Channeler, The Mash-Up Americans, The Mindy Project, Unreal, Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album, Western feminism, white guilt, White Saviors, whiteness, wudu, Yo, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Zaki Hassan’s “Nostalgia Theater” podcast
Are you in a rut with your writing? Blocked for ideas and inspiration? Finding those writing exercises designed to spark your imagination getting a little stale? Try some writing exorcises instead, courtesy of McSweeney’s. A little dark magic might go a long way to helping you buck those obstacles to your writing.
When I started reading this book, I hated it. I thought, this is what happens when an illustrator takes a shot at storytelling. It’s just one drawing after another until you hit the requisite 175 or so pages that equals “book.” I get even grouchier imagining that books like these are dreamed up as a way to […]
Tags: Amy Schumer, bojack horseman, comedy, cookbook, crazy people, Drawn and Quarterly, Eat Pray Love, food memoir, graphic memoir, graphic novel, hot dog taste test, humor, lisa hanawalt, Louis C.K., memoir, Monica Johnson, My Dirty Dumb Eyes, satire, stand up comedy
Rebecca Schiff discusses her debut collection
The Bed That Moved, choosing narrators who share similarities with each other and with herself, and whether feminism and fiction-writing conflict. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 90s, amy hempel, Barry Hannah, cds, dead father, Emma Winsor Wood, fathers and daughters, feminism, first person, grace paley, Jane Austen, Jewish, Jewish Writers, landline telephones, language, Leonard Michaels, liberals, Long Island, Lower East Side, lydia davis, narrators, nineties, Northanger Abbey, philip roth, political allegory, Politics, reality, Rebecca Schiff, sam lipsyte, satire, Sex, sex writing, short stories, Social Media, surrealism, technology, the aughts, The Bed Moved, wordplay