Slipstream may as well be what we call our bewilderment. ...more
Tags: Ali Smith, beloved, book review, Bruce Sterling, doctor who, genre, gravity's rainbow, gunter grass, Helen Oyeyemi, hysterical realism, Ian McEwan, jonathan russell clark, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joseph Campbell, Karen Thompson Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, magical realist, marlon james, maxwell's demon, metafiction, Midnight Children, philip roth, postmodern, review, salman rushdie, sci-fi, science fiction, Slaughterhouse Five, Slipstream, Stephen King, steven hall, Téa Obreht, The Comfort of Strangers, The Counterlife, the Crying of Lot 49, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Langoliers, The Raw Shark Texts, The Tin Drum, Thomas Pynchon, Tom McCarthy, Toni Morrison
Zakiya Dalila Harris discusses her debut novel, THE OTHER BLACK GIRL.
Tags: 1980s, Atria Books, Black women writers, black writers, blackness, Connecticut, debut novel, flashback, gender inequality, Hamden, Kukuwa Ashun, MFA, microaggressions, Not Another Teen Movie, Octavia Butler, perspective, point of view, Publishing, publishing industry, racial inequality, Racism, speculative fiction, Stephen King, The New School, The Other Black Girl, White Supremacy, workplace, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Zakiya Harris
Simply put, the novel’s heart is not political but sensual. ...more
Tags: A Visit from the Goon Squad, Alexander Chee, american politics, Asian American, book review, capitalism, Chang-rae Lee, charles dickens, David Mitchell, Don DeLillo, Donna Tartt, Haruki Murakami, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, identity, Jennifer Egan, joseph conrad, Killing Commendatore, Korean American, Min Jin Lee, my year abroad, Native Speaker, political conspiracy, political novels, Politics, R. O. Kwon, review, ryan lackey, Stephen King, Susan Choi, The Goldfinch, The Great Gatsby
Mateo Askaripour discusses his debut novel, BLACK BUCK.
Tags: Bed-Stuy, Black Buck, debut novel, Insecure, Jason Reynolds, Jay Ellis, Mateo Askaripour, microaggressions, On Writing, Publishing, Racism, startups, Stephen King, tech companies, tech culture, workplace
Sarah J. Sloat discusses her new collection of erasure poetry, HOTEL ALMIGHTY.
Tags: A Little White Shadow, Ali Smith, Allan Bealy, Carrie, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Chase Berggrun, collage, Collier Nogues, cory peeke, E Kristin Anderson, Elaine Equi, erasure, erasure poems, erasure poetry, Erik Satie, Ethel Rackin, Excuse me while I wring this long swim out of my hair, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Hannah Höch, Harryette Mullen, Heiress to a Small Ruin, Hotel Almighty, Jen Bervin, JM Farkas, Kurt Schwitters, Lesle Lewis, Marin Sorescu, Mary Ruefle, Matthea Harvey, Melinda Tidwell, Misery, Nets, Novica Tadić, Obit, poems, poetry, ross gay, Sarabande Books, Sarah J. Sloat, Stephen King, The Accidental, The Dead Zone, The Ground I Stand on Is Not My Ground, The Poeming, The Shining, The Stand, Vasko Popa, Victoria Chang, visual art, visual poetry, Walt Whitman
Turn the corner, let the darkness swallow you, and you’re in the stacks. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Angels, Clive Barker, female friendship, florida, friendship, Jeffrey Dahmer, Leah Schnelbach, libraries, library, lightning, Mental Health, mental illness, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, rain, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short story, siblings, single mother, Single Mothers, sisters, Stephen King, storm, Sweet Valley, Sweet Valley High, teenagers, thunderstorm, tornado, V.C. Andrews, weather
Michelle Tea discusses her forthcoming collection,
Against Memoir, out tomorrow from Amethyst Editions/The Feminist Press. ...more
Tags: academia, Against Memoir, Alcoholics Anonymous, ali liebegott, Amethyst Editions, Black Wave, Dorothy Allison, eileen myles, Feminist Press, Judy Blume, LGBTQ, los angeles, memoir, MFA, Michelle Tea, Modern Tarot, New Narrative, Nikki Darling, queer, S. E. Hinton, San Francisco, Sister Spit, sobriety, Stephen King, teaching writing, The Mist, The Outsiders, V.C. Andrews, Valencia
I wanted to be scared because being terrified taught me how to survive. ...more
Tags: Abuse, child abuse, childhood trauma, Christopher Pike, control, Dean Koontz, divorce, domestic violence, fathers, fathers and daughters, fear, ghost stories, Gremlins, horror, horror movies, It, Kelly J. Baker, Kelly Jo Baker, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lost Boys, Mira Grant, monsters, Night of the Living Dead, nightmares, parents, r.l. stine, Scream, Scream 2, Scream Queens, Stephen King, Supernatural, The Craft, the walking dead, trauma, zombies
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
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
Tags: Bangor, Barnes and Noble, Egypt, Fire and Fury, Gerald Winters & Son, independent booksellers, independent bookstores, Maine, Rare books, Stephen King, The Strand, This Week in Indie Bookstores, Trump, Waterstone's
The sensibilities of whiteness do not want us to work, do not want us to think, do not want us to imagine outside of its bounds. ...more
Tags: American Dream, Chinua Achebe, Claudia Rankine, colonialism, diversity, Donald Trump, Harry Potter, inequality, literary magazine, literary magazines, Malcolm X, Marcos Santiago Gonsalez, Mental Health, microaggressions, Ocean Vuong, Octavia Butler, Politics, race, Racism, rejection, representation, Sandra Cisneros, slush pile, Social Media, Stephen King, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The House on Mango Street, the writing life, Things Fall Apart, Trump, whiteness, writing
Sissy Spacek still radiates youth and innocence when she enters a room.
Tags: Andy Warhol, badlands, Bloodline, Carrie, Castle Rock, Film, Hulu, Lauren Wissot, movies, Netflix, Sissy Spacek, Stephen King, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, trash
Literary events and readings in and around Portland this week!
Tags: celeste ng, David Brazil, erica lewis, Franklin Foer, Ken Nolan, Lauren Hunter, Mark Bowden, Notable Portland, owen king, Portland, Stephen King, Zoe Quinn
Maybe I was only in the eighth grade, but I was ready to stand up to anyone who tried to threaten the ideal of intellectual freedom. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 9/11, adolescence, al gore, American Library Association, Blink-182, Carla Hayden, censorship, democracy, Dr. Seuss, Enema of the State, first amendment, First Amendment Rights, freedom, Gay Marriage, gender inequality, Geocities, George W. Bush, global warming, homophobia, Iraq War, john ashcroft, LGBTQ, libraries, Library Bill of Rights, Library of Congress, marriage equality, nineties, oberlin college, PATRIOT Act, patriotism, Portland, public libraries, queer, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Sex, sexuality, Smut, Stephen King, tarot, teenagers, The Anarchist’s Cookbook, The Babysitters Club, Wicca, Zoe Fisher
Juan Martinez discusses his debut collection
Best Worst American, his relationship to the English language, and why Nabokov ruined his writing for years. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Best Worst American, Chef’s Table, Colombia, debut authors, debut collection, first book, george saunders, jack pendarvis, James Tadd Adcox, Jane Austen, John Barth, Juan Martinez, Karen Russell, kelly link, language, Milan Kundera, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Nabokov, Politics, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Sarah Kokernot, short fiction, short stories, star wars, Stephen King, strange fiction, Sudden Fiction Latino, The Depreciated History of Cervantes
“It” does not even “come” in the traditional sense. These primal, atavistic qualities are with us all the time, lying dormant until the right situation coaxes them forth. ...more
Tags: A24, Aristotle, Brian McComber, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbott, David Pendleton, Donald Trump, Dracula, Film, film review, Freud, Griffin Robert Faulkner, guns, It Comes at Night, joe sacksteder, Joel Edgerton, Kelvin Harrison Jr., nihilism, Plato, Politics, post-apocalyptic, Riley Keough, Robert Wise, roman empire, second amendment, Stephen King, The Haunting, The Witch, Trey Edward Shults, Trump, Washington Post
Samantha Irby discusses her new essay collection,
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, all that comes along with writing about your life, and reading great horror books. ...more
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John Grisham discusses his advice for young writers, the literary mafia, and why he finally wrote a (literal) beach read.
Tags: A Time to Kill, adaptations, american south, beach reads, bookselling, Camino Island, Cormac McCarthy, elmore leonard, film adaptations, Harlan Coben, Hollywood, Ian McEwan, J. K. Rowling, John Grisham, john le carré, literary world, lyz lenz, Pat Conroy, publishing industry, Ron Williamson, Scott Turow, Stephanie Meyer, Stephen King, The Firm, vampires
Danielle Trussoni discusses her new memoir,
The Fortress, black magic, the cult of marriage, and the dark side of storytelling. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Angelology, Aubais, black magic, book titles, bulgaria, Castle, childhood, custody, danielle trussoni, David Byron Queen, David Lynch, divorce, England, escapism, Falling through the Earth, fathers, fathers and daughters, finding voice, France, gaslighting, ghosts, isolation, Japan, love, magic, magicians, marriage, memoir, metaphor, Midwest, mysticism, new york, pregnancy, relationships, Silencio, Stephen King, The Fortress, The Shining, travel, Wisconsin
Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his story collection
Insurrections, father relationships, hip-hop, knowing when to abandon a project, and choosing not to workshop certain stories. ...more
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D. Foy discusses his latest novel,
Patricide, the evolution of “gutter opera,” his writing process, free will, and memes. ...more
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Considering how prolific James Patterson and his team of writers are, it’s no surprise that he turned to “fan fiction” with a novel called The Murder of Stephen King. Unfortunately for those curious about the book, Patterson has cancelled its release, according Jackson Frons, writing at Electric Literature. Apparently, fans have been showing up uninvited at King’s house, which […]
All too often, it gets hurled at strong women like a boulder of hate tied up with a big red misogynistic bow. ...more
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To lift the censorship, degradation, and foreclosure of girls’ fantasies, we may have to investigate the gendered limitations on how we think about early loves, impulses, celebrity crushes, and maybe, sexually stirring gentleman pirates. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Adrienne Barbeau, Alison Jaggar, Andrew McCarthy, Cathy Alter, chastity, childhood, crush, Dave Singleton, desire, Donny Osmand, femininity, feminism, feminist theory, Foucault, gender, gender roles, Harry Chapin, Jenny Block, Jill Kargman, Jinnie Lee, Jodi Picoult, Judith Butler, Kate Poor, Kim Novak, Larry Doyle, Legolas, Lord of the Rings, masturbation, Michelle Brafman, Orlando Bloom, Pirates of the Caribbean, Precarious Life, Sara Ahmed, Sex, sexuality, Stephen King, StyleCaster, The Cultural Politics of Emotion
Not even James Patterson or Stephen King have reached a top-twenty spot with a new book on the New York Times‘s Bestseller list this year. Publishers are blaming mediocre sales of adult fiction on lessened media coverage due to recent acts of violence and terrorism and increased political coverage for the 2016 presidential race. Even so, it’s […]
The Library of Congress recently polled American citizens to find out what books had the most profound effect on them. Among the 17,000-plus survey respondents, popular answers were books like Frank Herbert’s Dune, Stephen King’s The Stand, and The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. While some literary greats like Toni Morrison did not appear on […]
Tags: Alice Walker, american literature, Dr. Seuss, Dune, Frank Herbert, john steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Library of Congress, Stephen King, The Cat in the Hat, The Stand, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner
Tags: author photo, brandon hicks, Comics, David Foster Wallace, Dr. Seuss, Franz Kafka, James Patterson, JK Rowling, Lynda Barry, shel silverstein, Stephen King
The writing advice I give is this: 1) Sit down 2) Write These wise and talented writers have more to say.
Tags: anna deavere smith, Anna March, Annie Dillard, Braving the Fire, craft, Dani Shapiro, Jessica Handler, On Writing, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, Situation and the Story, Stephen King, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, This Year You Write Your Novel, Tin, Vivian Gornick, Walter Mosley, Writer's Notebook, Writer's Notebook II, writing, writing advice
Electric Literature has an infographic of day jobs (originally posted on Adzuna) that both paid the bills and inspired writers to create some of their best work. The professions range from teacher (Stephen King, J.K. Rowling) to insurance officer (Kafka) to coffeehouse/jazz bar owner (Murakami).
NPR traces the history of Stephen King’s Misery from the novel, to the film, and, most recently, to the stage, and argues that this journey may have caused the story t0 lose a few key components: It is almost literally drained of blood and, more important, it is drained of urgency.