Liz Asch discusses her new book, YOUR SALT ON MY LIPS.
Tags: After the Rehearsal, AIDS crisis, Alex Behr, androgyny, Art Sex Music, bisexuality, bodies, Cardi B, Cleis Press, coming out, consent, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Craft in the Real World, Dan Savage, depression, desire, erotic literature, erotic stories, Erotica, fantasy, Gerhard Richter, hybrid genre, Ingmar Bergman, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, Liz Asch, masturbation, Matthew Salesses, Megan Thee Stallion, michael ondaatje, Monogamy, pansexuality, queer, queerness, sensuality, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, sexual taboo, sexuality, The Conversations, Tom Spanbauer, Tommy Pico, visual art, voyeurism, writing sex, Your Salt on My Lips
Raven Leilani discusses her debut novel, LUSTER.
Tags: audience, autofiction, black women, Brit Bennett, debut novel, dysfunctional relationships, flâneur, isolation, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Loneliness, Luster, marriage, Monet Patrice Thomas, open marriage, privilege, racial inequality, rage, Raven Leilani, Sex, sex writing, sexuality, suburban, suburbs, systemic inequality, systemic racism, The Mothers, women's anger
“This reality is so much dustier, smellier, and bitterer than it seems through a screen.”
Tags: addiction, AIM, Allie Rowbottom, CalArts, chat room, community, Emily Geminder, gay, grief, Internet, LGBTQ, lists, Matias Viegener, memoir, parents, People I’ve Met from the Internet, queer, queerness, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, smartphones, Stephen Van Dyck, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tinder, Xanga
Chris Dennis discusses his debut story collection, HERE IS WHAT YOU DO.
Tags: Aaron Magruder, academia, addiction, arrest, bdsm, Chris Dennis, Coretta Scott King, Cormac McCarthy, debut collection, drug addiction, drug use, drugs, E.L. James, Eldorado, Emily Robbins, fatherhood, fathers, Flowers in the Attic, gay, grandmothers, Here Is What You Do, jail, LGBTQ, Mark Doten, Melissa Borries, methamphetamine, opioid epidemic, opioids, prescription, prison, queer, queer theory, queerness, rural, rural life, Sex, sex writing, sexual violence, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, Soho Press, the road, Tom Waits, writing sex
Saeed Jones discusses his new memoir, HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES.
Tags: american south, gun violence, How We Fight for Our Lives, James Baldwin, Lewisville, LGBTQ, masculinity, mass shootings, memoir, mothers, mothers and sons, Naya Clark, Patricia Smith, Prelude To Bruise, prince, queer, Rape culture, Saeed Jones, Sex, sex writing, sexuality, South, Texas, Toni Morrison, toxic masculinity, unreliable narrator, When the Only Light Is Fire
Andrea Lawlor discusses PAUL TAKES THE FORM OF A MORTAL GIRL.
Tags: 1990s, Andrea Lawlor, capitalism, Carmen Machado, Carmen Marie Machado, City of Night, Conversations with Friends, debut novel, Dorothy Allison, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, gender, Jane DeLynn, John Rechy, Josh Riedel, Kai Cheng Thom, Kay Gabriel, LGBTQ, money, Numbers, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, pop culture, Position Papers, queer, Rescue Press, Sally Rooney, Samuel Delany, Sarah Schulman, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, the believer, Vintage Books
“I’ve always loved collaboration. It was so exciting, because I love the energy. ”
Tags: Amy Moore Benson, collaboration, crime novels, Josh Getzler, Keir Graff, Linda Joffe Hull, Mare Swallow, middle grade, mystery novels, Outlining, polyamorous, polyamory, pseudonyms, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, sexuality, swingers, swinging, Terry Gould, the Big Bang, The Lifestyle, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Swing of Things, writing partnership, writing sex
Dana Czapnik discusses her debut novel, THE FALCONER.
Tags: #metoo, 1990s, 90s, adolescence, Atria Books, basketball, Colum McCann, Dana Czapnik, debut novel, female characters, feminism, feminist, first book, gender roles, Haruki Murakami, Manhattan, New York City, Sex, sex writing, sexuality, sports, sports writing, teenagers, The Falconer, Vanessa Manko, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, writing sex
“I wanted my book to open up a conversation.”
Tags: #metoo, A Dirty Word, Abuse, bill cosby, bodies, body image, Come As You Are, Emily Nagoski, female sexuality, lyz lenz, marriage, motherhood, Rape culture, sex writing, sexuality, steph auteri, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, women's bodies, Yoga
Lisa Locascio discusses her debut novel, OPEN ME.
Tags: adolescence, bildungsroman, bodies, coming of age, debut novel, denmark, Eileen, Elif Batuman, female bodies, female friendship, female sexuality, first book, friendship, Gone Girl, Janet Frishberg, Joyland, Julie Buntin, Lisa Locascio, menstruation, Open Me, Ottessa Moshfegh, scatology, Sex, sex writing, sexual assault, sexuality, teenagers
Joseph Osmundson discusses his memoir,
Inside/Out, intimacy, trauma, and the sometimes violence of desire. ...more
Tags: abusive relationship, bell hooks, Claudia Rankine, David Foster Wallace, Dennis Norris II, desire, domestic violence, Doug Powell, Ed White, emotional abuse, gay, homophobia, homosexuality, Inside Out, interracial relationships, James Baldwin, Joseph Osmundson, Kiese Laymon, LGBTQ, Melvin Dixon, memoir, New York City, Paul Monette, queer, Racism, Sex, sex writing, sexism, sexuality, Sibling Rivalry Press, trauma, washington
“[A]s long as we retain all of these conflicting ideas of what sex is, and what it means to us, sex will always sell—until it’s inconvenient.”
Tags: A Dirty Word, A Dirty Word: How a Sex Writer Reclaimed Her Sexuality, advertising, amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, erotic fiction, Erotica, Game of Thrones, itunes, memoir, moral panic, morality, Motherboard, pornography, Publishing, Radish, Sex, sex education, sex work, sex writing, sexuality, steph auteri
Author Laura Pritchett discusses her two most recent books, death, sex, and being rural in modern America.
Tags: Aaron Abeyta, American West., Ana Maria Spagna, Carrie La Seur, Chitra Divakaruni, Christine Sneed, Colorado, Counterpoint Press, death, Edwidge Danticant, Elizabeth Rush, elizabeth strout, Erika Sanchez, farm crisis, farming, Ivan Doig, john steinbeck, Karen Auvinen, Kent Haruf, Laura Pritchett, Les Misérables, Louise Erdrich, Making Friends with Death, meth, Olive Kittridge, Rick Bass, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, Rough Beauty, rural, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, Sherwood Anderson, Siel Ju, Stanley Crawford, Steve Almond, suicide, The Blue Hour, The Dew Breaker, The Weight of an Infinite Sky, Victor Hugo, wilderness, willa cather, Winesburg Ohio
Jasmine Guillory discusses her debut novel,
The Wedding Date, finding success, writing sex, and the revolutionary act of eating. ...more
Tags: anxiety, Berkley Press, body image, Bridges of Madison County, clean eating, cooking, Courtney Milan, debut novel, Dorie Greenspan, eating, eating disorders, female bodies, first book, food, genre fiction, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Jasmine Guillory, kate hudson, lyz lenz, Margaret Atwood, race, romance, romance novel, Sarah McLean, Sex Scenes, sex writing, Tessa Care, The Proposal, The Wedding Date, weddings
Down the steps of the second-story apartment above the hearse garage and across the alley was the library. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Carrie, childhood, family, feminism, Flowers in the Attic, funeral home, Gloria Harrison, Guthrie, hearse, horror, libraries, oklahoma, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, sexuality, spanking, stepfather, Stephen King, teenagers, The Dark Tower, The Drawing of the Three, V.C. Andrews
Sonali Dev talks about her latest novel,
A Change of Heart, the romance genre, writing non-white characters, and the parallels between writing and architectural design. ...more
Tags: A Change of Heart, A Rumpus Interview, American LIberary Association, architecture, Bollywood Bride, Chicago, food, food writing, genre writing, India, Katherine Coulter, love story, Maggie Cooper, Mumbai, NPR, organ transplant, revision, romance, romance novels, romance writing, Rosehaven, Sex, Sex Scenes, sex writing, sexual violence, Sonali Dev, trafficking, Washington Post
Ben Tanzer discusses his new essay collection
Be Cool, why running is so important to him, and not being precious about his work. ...more
Tags: anxiety, athelete, basketball diaries, be cool, Ben Tanzer, Calvin and Hobbes, Chicago, chloe caldwell, Chuck Klosterman, craft, Curbside Splendor, david sedaris, death, drugs, essay writing, essays, Facebook, fanboy, fathers and sons, Flowers in the Attic, Fonzie, Foundlings, Future Tense, Gina Prescott, Happy Days, humor writing, interview, Jackie Collins, Jim Carroll, Legs Get Led Astray, Lost in Space, masculinity, masturbation, Meaty, Megan Stielstra, memoir, Natasha Kinski, nonfiction, Orphans, running, Samantha Irby, second person, Sex, sex and death, sex writing, Sky High, Snoopy, The Basketball Diaries, The Chocolate Wars, The Outsiders, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, therapy, This Blog Will Change Your Life, This Podcast Will Change Your Life, transgression, Wendy C. Ortiz, writing, writing process
Emma Sanders and Alina Pleskova charm us with their affection for each other, DIY ethos, and belief on
Poetry Jawns, what matters is the work. ...more
Tags: Alina Pleskova, Aminatou Sow, Ana Álvarez, animals, Ann Friedman, Apiary Magazine, Arkansas, Art, Arundhati Roy, atlas obscura, Bedfellows, bodega, Brujas, Call Your Girlfriend, Chris Kraus, David Lynch, Democracy Now!, dennis hopper, Devo, diy, documentary, Don Share, Emma Sanders, fogmachine, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Get Lucid!, Gina Myers, Human Highway, indiegogo, Jackass, jawns, JFK, Little Rock, livetweet, lo-fi, Loiter Squad, Lynne Kovalchik, Marilyn Monroe, Metropolarity, Music, neil young, Nicole Steinberg, No Sex Last Night, NPR, OFWGKTA, p.e. garcia, Passyunk, Penelope Cruz, Philadelphia, phillip garcia, podcasts, podcatcher, poetry, poetry foundation, Poetry Jawns, punk, Ras, readings, recording, Sex, sex writing, Social Media, sophie calle, Sound Cloud, South Philly, studio, Sweetwater Sound, Tattooed Mom, Towncraft, twitter, Two Dope Queens, Warren Longmire, wearemany.org, Who Do You Love
Are sex scenes in books always bad? At The Millions, Drew Nellis Smith muses on poorly written depictions of passion, why authors so often leave out the messier details, and his own attempts to get it right: I’m no different than anyone else who has waded into this treacherous territory. I’m quite happy with my sex scenes. […]
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
Kim Devereux outlines some rules for writing good sex. (But never bad sex.) Do go for the etymological dictionary for epithets that feel historical: like, membrum virile, arbor vitae (from the late 18th century, for a type of evergreen shrub), wrinkly (early 15th century) or bole (early 14th century, from Old Norse bolr meaning tree trunk).
Author Maggie Nelson talks about matrophobia, “sodomitical maternity,” breaking down categories between genres of writing, and her new book,
The Argonauts. ...more
Tags: Alice Munro, amy fusselman, Annie Dillard, audre lorde, birth, Bluets, Bruce Benderson, CalArts, Catherine Millet, Catherine Opie, darcey steinke, Days Of Abandonment, Denis Johnson, Dodie Bellamy, eileen myles, Elena Ferante, family, Foucault, Georges Bataille, graywolf press, Harriet Daimler, Harry Dodge, Henri Nouwen, Herve Guibert, Jane Gallop, Jenny Offill, Joy Williams, Maggie Nelson, matrophobia, misogyny, motherhood, New York Review of Books, nonfiction writing, novels, Pat Califia, Paul Preciado, poetry, pregnancy, prodigal son, relationships, Robert Gober, Rosaline Kraust, Self-Portrait/Cutting, Sex, sex writing, Simone Weil, Susan Fraiman, The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty, The End of the Story, The Red Parts
Writing and sex have a lot in common, least enjoyable their knack for making participants feel vulnerable and insecure. But when anything goes, writers produce work that is beautiful for this very vulnerability: Believe it or not, the resulting scenes are often deeply moving. And here’s why: because nearly every bad decision a writer makes […]
I taught Polly at Tin House one year. Or maybe she taught me. ...more
Steve Almond, our friend and author of not one but two Rumpus columns, is teaching three classes in the Bay Area on the weekend of December 7–8. In addition to the classes on obsession and humor in San Francisco that we blogged about earlier, Steve will be conducting a “freewheeling workshop” in Oakland on how […]
Here at The Rumpus, we feature a fair amount of writing about sex work, prostitution, and writing. And I don’t believe we’ve ever made the tragic error of using either Sex and the City or Diary of a Call Girl (the show, not the book by Belle du Jour) as an example for anything, especially […]
I’m not sure what feminist nomenclature Katie Roiphe would assign herself, but I can’t fathom why she would choose to “assign primacy” to The Man. ...more
Tags: Cock Block, David Foster Wallace, feminism, Feminists, James Salter, Karl Iagnemma, Katie Roiphe, Mary Gordon, New York Times Book Review, obama, Per Olov Enquist, Sex, sex writing, sexuality, Stephen Elliott, Steve Almond, Sue Miller
Give us the reddened stubble in the crease of a debutante’s groin, or the minute trembling of a banker’s underlip. ...more
Greetings and salutations! I’m Michael Berger, today’s guest-editor. I’ve spent my last few days off sipping coffee and drifting through the labyrinth of book blogs. Which was terrific, because most of my work week was spent moving a bookstore. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the 25 year old San Francisco used bookstore Phoenix Books is not […]
Tags: American Fiction, Bloomsday, Books, China Mieville, Guernica, Joe Meno, Katherine Dunn, Lacan, New Weird, Ray Bradbury, Roberto Bolaño, sex writing, Thomas Pynchon