Kevin Simmonds discusses his new collection, THE MONSTER I AM TODAY.
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I wasn’t pressured to be stoic. I was permitted to release. I was permitted to be. ...more
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For me, performance is a conversation with the sacred and timeless, the sublime. ...more
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There are many ways to be ripped to shreds. ...more
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It’s the atmosphere. The temperature. What lies between thee and me. ...more
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Sven Ratzke discusses his new show, WHERE ARE WE NOW.
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Katharine Coldiron discusses her forthcoming novella, CEREMONIALS.
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A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
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This is a deep dive, therefore, into the site of brilliant, uncompromising contemporary work. ...more
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About a year ago, I ended up returning to the land where I grew up and building a house here. ...more
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I hear a man singing for his life, desperate in a way he would never be again and had never been before. ...more
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Torch songs, i.e. “sentimental love songs, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited love,” were once the flagship of every respected crooner: with sultry lonesomeness, a smooth voice would dance above the elegant orchestra accompaniment, singing of lovers lost or unreciprocated romance. Fitting comfortably in the gap between Angel Olsen and Lana Del Rey, […]
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It just felt so comfortable to slide back into singing, “She Loves You,” and know for that moment, everything was the same. ...more
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is a study in what happens when imagination is constrained to a single narrative arc ...more
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He knew what he was doing when he looked at me and said, “Sing for me.” Had I been nude in his bed I would not have been as naked as I was then, stripped down to my brand new skin. ...more
The gulf between the place where I sang Mozart and Debussy with people my parents’ age and the place where I went to public school and tried to make friends with kids my own was vast. ...more
There is nothing I have experienced that is so physical, nothing that resonates in the bones and meat of a person like it does to make music with other people at that sort of level. ...more
It is not a coincidence that among the synonyms for “practice” is “ritual,” and for “ritual,” “practice.” When you do a thing over and over—even if it is only so banal and small as lighting a cigarette—it will assume a shape and a meaning, a weight and a force.
It would be easy and satisfying to say that I stopped singing because of the crack in my throat. It would be false. It’s true enough that there was one. There was a fight with a lover that turned ugly, a forearm pressed hard across my throat
My face burned with rage, with shame, with humiliation. I was failing openly, blatantly, at the one thing I still somehow, in the back of my mind, expected to be perfectly capable of doing after more than a decade’s silence. ...more