Rumpus recommendations for books to gift to friends and family this holiday season!
Tags: A Little Devil in America, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, A. E. Osworth, Afterparties, Alex McElroy, Alison Stine, Anthony Veasna So, Aurielle Marie, Between Two Kingdoms, Blow Your House Down, Brenda Peynado, Christopher Gonzalez, Claire Vaye Watkins, Craft in the Real World, Crying in H Mart, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Derrick Austin, Destiny O. Birdsong, Detransition Baby, Donika Kelly, Elissa Washuta, Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Everyone Remain Calm, Fat and Queer, Fire Is Not a Country, Forsyth Harmon, Gene Kwak, george saunders, Gina Frangello, girlhood, Go Home Ricky, goldenrod, Gumbo Ya Ya, Hanif Abdurraqib, I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness, I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat, Julia Sanches, Justine, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kaveh Akbar, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kristen Radtke, Kyle Lucia Wu, Larissa Pham, Letter to a Young Female Physician, Libertie, Lilly Dancyger, Love Is an Ex-Country, Maggie Smith, Mariana Oliver, Mary Jo Bang, Matthew Salesses, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, Michelle Zauner, Migratory Birds, Milk Fed, Mona at Sea, Morgan Parker, Negative Space, Negotiations, Nikki Wallschlaeger, No One Is Talking about This, Once I Was Cool, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night, Patricia Lockwood, Pilgrim Bell, Pop Song, Randa Jarrar, Seek You, Suzanne Koven, Tenderness, The Atmospherians, The Renunciations, The Rock Eaters, Torrey Peters, Trashlands, Water I Won’t Touch, Waterbaby, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, What to Read When, White Magic, Win Me Something
Suzanne Koven discusses her new memoir, LETTER TO A YOUNG FEMALE PHYSICIAN.
Tags: Atul Gawande, Colleen M. Farrell, doctor, doctors, gender inequality, gender roles, Harvard Medical School, impostor syndrome, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Letter to a Young Female Physician, Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life, Massachusetts General Hospital, medical school, medical student, mentors, mentorship, misogyny, motherhood, physician, rejection, sexism, Suzanne Koven
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Adrienne Su, Adrienne Westenfeld, Ae Hee Lee, Alan Chazaro, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, alison bechdel, Amy Freeman, Anakana Schofield, Angela Mi Young Hur, Anjali Enjeti, Arianna Rebolini, Ashley C. Ford, Athena Kildegaard, Benjamin S. Grossberg, Beth Kissileff, Brenda Gazzar, Carl Phillips, Carlos Osoria, Catherine Chung, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Chanel Miller, Cheryl Strayed, Chloe Yelena Miller, Christopher Beha, Clare Rossini, CM Burroughs, Crystal Williams, Dan Chiasson, Dan Lau, danilo machado, Dante Micheaux, David Baker, Dimitri Reyes, Donika Kelly, Douglas Kearney, E.J. Koh, Edward Gunawan, edward hirsch, Elin Hilderbrand, Elisa Gabbert, Elissa Washuta, Emily Banks, Emily Mohn-Slate, Erika Meitner, Fiona Mozley, Forrest Gander, Francisco Aragón, Georgia Clark, Gina Nutt, Heid E. Erdrich, Helen Oyeyemi, Hoa Nguyen, Jarvis R. Givens, Jasmine Gibson, Jenn Givhan, Jenn Shapland, jhumpa lahiri, Joan Silber, Joe Wilkins, Johanna Fateman, John Sandford, Joshua Beckman, Kachina Yeager, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kathryn Savage, Kazim Ali, kelly link, Kerrin McCadden, Kiese Laymon, Kirsten Kaschock, Kristen Millares Young, Larry Millett, Laura Stott, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Lillian Giles, Lilly Dancyger, Lisa Jarnot j, Maggie Nelson, Maggie Shipstead, Marcos Gonsalez, Margaret Hasse, Margot Livesey, Maria Burns Ortiz, Mark Doty, Mary Jo Bang, Mazie Hirono, Meg Leonard, Meg Wolitzer, Megha Majumdar, Melissa Febos, Melissa Scholes Young, Michelle Bowdler, Michelle Zauner, Min Jin Lee, Nikita Lalwani, Notable Online, Olivia Laing, Paolina Milana, Peter Dimock, peter ho davies, Piotr Florczyk, Rainesford Stauffer, Rand Richards Cooper, Randa Jarrar, Rivers Solomon, Roxane Gay, Sarah Gailey, Sarah Rose Etter, Seamus McGraw, Sharon Olds, Steph Cha, Suzanne Koven, T Kira Mahealani Madden, Tarfia Faizullah, Tarshia Stanely, Teri Cross Davis, tessa hadley, Thalia Field, Theresa Warburton, Tiffany Melanson, Tina Cane, Virginia Prescott, Wayne Miller, Wesley Brown, Yona Harvey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Zachary Schomburg
Suzanne Koven shares a reading list to celebrate LETTER TO A YOUNG FEMALE PHYSICIAN.
Tags: Abraham Verghese, Anton Chekhov, Atul Gawande, Black Man in a White Coat, Chekhov, Chekhov's Doctors, Comfort Measures Only, Complications, Damon Tweedy, Doctored, Fady Joudah, In Shock, Letter to a Young Female Physician, Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life, Memoirs of a Woman Doctor, Michele Harper, Mortal Lessons, My Own Country, Nawal El Saadawi, Paul Kalanithi, Rafael Campo, Rana Awdish, Richard Selzer, Sandeep Jauhar, Suzanne Koven, The Beauty in Breaking, The Doctor Stories, The Earth in the Attic, What to Read When, When Breath Becomes Air, William Carlos Williams
I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to us then that we could all become excellent doctors. ...more
Tags: acronyms, book excerpt, doctors, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, gender inequality, Letter to a Young Female Physician, Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life, medical school, medical student, mnemonics, Rumpus exclusive, sexism, shame, Suzanne Koven
Rumpus editors share a list of new and forthcoming books to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Tags: A House Is a Body, Adrienne Christian, Aftershocks, Alessandra Lynch, alison bechdel, Anjali Enjeti, Arisa White, Ashley C. Ford, Ashley Nelson Levy, Belabored, Beth Alvarado, Between Two Kingdoms, Black Girl Call Home, Blow Your House Down, Body of Stars, Brother Sister Mother Explorer, Carribean Fragoza, Caul Baby, Celeste Mohammed, Cleave, Come-Hither Honeycomb, Courtney Cook, Creatures of Passage, Crooked Hallelujah, Danielle Geller, Dantiel W. Moniz, Deesha Philyaw, Detransition Baby, Dog Flowers, Donika Kelly, Eat the Mouth that Feeds You, Elissa Washuta, Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Erin Belieu, Face: One Square Foot of Skin, Forsyth Harmon, Gabriela Garcia, Ghost Forest, Gina Frangello, girlhood, Girls Against God, goldenrod, Heather Cleary, Hinge, Home Is Not a Country, Immediate Family, J. Nicole Jones, Jamie Figueroa, Janice Nimura, Jasmine Mans, Jeannine Ouellette, Jenny Hval, Jillian in the Borderlands, Justine, Justine Bateman, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kat Chow, Kathryn Nuernberger, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kelli Jo Ford, Kendra Allen, Koa Beck, Kristen Radtke, Laura Maylene Walter, Lauren Hough, Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing, leesa cross-smith, Letter to a Young Female Physician, Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life, Libertie, Lilly Dancyger, Love Is an Ex-Country, Low Country, Luster, lyz lenz, Maggie Nelson, Maggie Smith, María Ospina, Mattilda B. Sycamore, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, Memorial Drive, Milk Blood Heat, Milk Fed, Molly Spencer, Mona at Sea, Morgan Jerkins, Morowa Yejidé, Nadia Owusu, Naima Coster, Names for Light, Natasha Trethewey, Negative Space, Nightbitch, No One Is Talking about This, Of Women and Salt, On Freedom, Patricia Lockwood, Pik-Shuen Fung, Pleasantview, Pretty Tripwire, Rachel Yoder, Randa Jarrar, Raven Leilani, Safia Elhillo, Seeing Ghosts, Seek You, Shruti Swamy, Somebody’s Daughter, Suleika Jaouad, Suzanne Koven, The Collection Plate, The Doctors Blackwell, The Dragons the Giant the Women, The Freezer Door, The Part that Burns, The Parted Earth, The Renunciations, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, The Way She Feels, The Wild Fox of Yemen, The Witch of Eye, Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, This Close to Okay, Threa Almontaser, Tiana Nobile, Torrey Peters, Torrin A. Greathouse, Variations on the Body, Water I Won’t Touch, Wayetu Moore, What to Read When, What's Mine and Yours, white feminism, White Magic, Who's Your Daddy, Women's History Month, Women’s History, Worn, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, Zakiya Dalila Harris
Journalist and environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses whether our environmental crisis can be improved under our new political administration, climate change denial, and manifestations of resistance.
Tags: 350.org, 45, activism, activist, Australia, Barack Obama, Bill McKibben, canada, climate change, climate change denial, Climate March on Washington, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Donald Trump, Earth, election 2016, environment, environmental crisis, Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalism, EPA, fossil fuel, George H. W. Bush, global warming, Hillary Clinton, journalism, Justin Trudeau, Keystone XL Pipeline, Koch brothers, Middlebury College, oil, oil industry, Paris Accord, Rex Tillerson, Scott Pruitt, Suzanne Koven, The Big Idea, The Rumpus Interview, tobacco industry
Dawn Tripp discusses
Georgia, her new novel based on Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, O’Keeffe’s distancing herself from feminism, and balancing biography with fiction. ...more
Tags: affair, Alfred Stieglitz, Anita Pollitzer, Art, artists, biography, cheating, children, Dawn Tripp, desert, Embers, Euphoria, feminism, feminist, fiction, Game of Secrets, gender inequality, Georgia, Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gloria Steinem, historical fiction, Life Magazine, Lily King, Mary Coin, michael ondaatje, Moon Tide, motherhood, My Faraway One, New Mexico, painting, Pavla, Sandor Marai, Santa Fe, Southwest, surrealism, Suzanne Koven, The Big Idea, The English Patient, The Season of Water, visual art, whitney museum
John Freeman, Executive Editor at Lit Hub, talks with Suzanne Koven about his new print-only literary magazine
Freeman’s, the difference between between criticism and editing, and his fear of flying. ...more
Tags: aerophobe, Aleksandr Hemon, Anne Carson, Ask the Pilot, black lives matter, Boston Red Sox, Colum McCann, context, Dag Skolstad, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, fear, feminism, flying, Freeman's, Gloria Steinem, granta, Grove, Harriet Tubman, Haruki Murakami, Helen Simpson, Hillary Clinton, Honor Moore, irving howe, John Freeman, John Updike, journal, julian barnes, Lit Hub, Literary Hub, London, Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine, lydia davis, mortality, National Book Critics Circle, new york, Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Occupy Wall Street, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Roxane Gay, sexism, Susan B Anthony, Suzanne Koven, The Beet Queen, The Big Idea, the new yorker
Suzanne Koven talks to food journalist, author, and activist Mark Bittman about his “Big Idea”—how food has changed in the last fifty years, and how to teach our children to eat better.
Tags: activism, Alice Waters, Berkeley Food Institute, California Matters, cookbooks, cooking, diet, eating, ethics, farming, feminism, food, health, How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Interviews, journalism, Mark Bittman, obama, obesity, Rachel Laudan, Suzanne Koven, The Big Idea, The Kitchen Matrix, the new york times, The Purple Carrot, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6P.M. to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health for Good, workers rights, writing
In Oliver Sacks’s last published essay, he writes about a patient who underwent surgery to take away his seizures caused by Klüver-Bucy syndrome—and left him with an insatiable appetite: for blocks of cheese, playing the piano, and child pornography. Read Suzanne Koven’s interview with Sacks about hallucinations—his book, and the phenomenon—here.
When I was nine I faked a vision test to get a pair of pale pink cat eyed beauties. Because I wanted them. ...more
Tags: Bleak House, Brooklyn, childhood, children, dustin hoffman, family, glasses, husbands and wives, Manhattan, marriage, new england, parents, Suzanne Koven, tootsie
On Immunity author Eula Biss speaks to Suzanne Koven about mythology, personal freedom, and the history of vaccines. ...more
Tags: Adrienne Rich, Anne Carson, anti-vaccine, Benjamin Moser, Cheryl Strayed, creative nonfiction, Ernest Hemingway, essays, Eula Biss, feminism, george orwell, hysteria, I Is An Other, individualism, James Baldwin, jenny mccarthy, Joan Didion, Leslie Jamison, Lia Purpura, Maggie Nelson, metaphor, motherhood, mothers, nonfiction, notes from no man's land, On Immunity, sarah manguso, Sei Shonagon, sexism, Suzanne Koven, sylvia plath, the balloonists, The Big Idea, vaccines, vampires
Suzanne Koven talks to Roz Chast about comics, the burdens of elder care, and her new graphic memoir
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? ...more
Suzanne Koven sits down with the
New Yorker‘s Rebecca Mead to discuss My Life in Middlemarch, the way a single great book can illuminate our lives over decades, and how our reading of that book changes as we grow older. ...more
Suzanne Koven speaks to Palestinian American physician and poet Fady Joudah about poetry and politics, text and context, and the marginalization of the “other” in the literary world.
Suzanne Koven talks to neuroscientist Carl Hart about his recent book,
High Price, and how misinformation, emotionalism, and racism have played major roles in our country’s war—and our culture’s views—on drugs. ...more
To celebrate his 80th birthday, The Rumpus sits down with neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks to discuss his latest book,
Hallucinations, and the relationship between hallucinatory experiences and the imagination and creativity. ...more
Writer, journalist, activist, and lifelong feminist Eve Ensler talks with Suzanne Koven and explores the body’s relationship to the desecration of the earth, the importance of listening to the “real” in ourselves, and how it feels to be known as “the woman who wrote
The Vagina Monologues.” ...more
“The Big Idea” features interviews with people whose lights stay on—writers, artists, scientists, activists, and others who take a long and broad view of an issue, problem, or concept, and pursue it over many years.
Writer and journalist Andrew Solomon talks about parent-child differences, and the eleven-year process of writing his latest book, which profiles families of deaf, dwarf, autistic, severely disabled, transgendered, schizophrenic, and other marginalized children.
Dr. Neal Barnard, who has advocated for animal protection and veganism for the past thirty years, discusses what motivates people to adopt veganism, the idea that humans are natural carnivores, and what’s really involved in producing animal-derived food.
Xeni Jardin cautions against the use of alternative medicines at BoingBoing. “Green smoothies are great, but they alone cannot cure cancer. Oncology isn’t guaranteed to cure us, but quackery is guaranteed to kill us. What doctors like my rad-onc practice is constantly under scrutiny, and has endured the test of peer-reviewed science and empirical logic. […]
The unpublished catalogue of fiction inspired by illness is limitless, composed every day, at every hour, in every hospital, clinic, hospice, and bedroom where the ill and injured and even the mildly indisposed attempt to make sense of our altered conditions. ...more