No one is coming to save us but ourselves. ...more
Tags: christmas, COVID-19, Donald Trump, election 2020, Film, Halloween, holiday spirit, holiday traditions, holidays, Jack Skellington, Joe Biden, motherhood, pandemic, parenting, Tabitha Blankenbiller, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Secret of Nimh, Tim Burton, traditions, Trump, Willamette Valley
Rumpus editors share their favorite books to gift to friends and family!
Tags: A Fish Growing Lungs, A Map Is Only One Story, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause, A Woman a Plan an Outline of a Man, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Alexander Chee, Alison C. Rollins, Alison Stine, Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn, Alysia Sawchyn, amber sparks, And I Do Not Forgive You, Animals Strike Curious Poses, Anodyne, Barbara Jane Reyes, Before and After the Book Deal, Benjamin Garcia, Bestiary, Beth Alvarado, Birthright, Brandon Taylor, bryan washington, Burn It Down, C Pam Zhang, Cardinal, Carl Phillips, carmen maria machado, Cathy Hong Park, Catrachos, Chelsea Bieker, Children of the Land, Chloe N. Clark, christmas, Claire Comstock-Gay, Claire Rudy Foster, Claudia Rankine, Cleanness, Collective Gravities, courtney maum, Crooked Hallelujah, Danez Smith, danielle evans, Destiny O. Birdsong, diane cook, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear, Disparates, Each of Us Killers, Eats of Eden, Eduardo C. Corral, Elena Passarello, Erin Hensley, Eula Biss, Everyday People, Feel It Out, feeld, Finna, Franny Choi, garth greenwell, George Abraham, Godshot, Good Talk, Guillotine, Hanif Abdurraqib, Hanukkah, Having and Being Had, Heart Berries, Heather Christle, Here for It, Hinge, holiday gift guide, holiday gifts, holidays, Homie, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, How Much Of These Hills Is Gold, How to Pronounce Knife, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, I Remember Everything, Intimations, Island of Bones, Jane Hirshfield, Jasmine Guillory, Jenn Shapland, Jennifer Baker, Jennifer Givhan, Jenny Bhatt, Jillian in the Borderlands, Jordan Sondler, Jos Charles, Joy Castro, Jubilee, Julia Callahan, Just Us, K Ming Chang, Keep Moving, Kelli Jo Ford, Khadijah Queen, kristen arnett, Lakewood, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, laura van den berg, Leigh Camacho Rourks, Letters to a Young Brown Girl, Library of Small Catastrophes, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilliam Rivera, Lilly Dancyger, Lincoln Michel, Look, Luster, Madame Clairevoyant’s Guide to the Stars, Maggie Smith, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Maria Dahvana Headley, Matthew Salesses, Megan Giddings, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Faliveno, memorial, Memorial Drive, Mensah Demary, Minor Feelings, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Mira Jacob, Molly Spencer, Moon Trees and Other Orphans, Morgan Jerkins, Mostly Dead Things, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, N.K. Jemisin, nadxieli nieto, Natasha Trethewey, Nate Marshall, Negotiations, Never Look Back, Nicole Chung, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, Party of Two, Patrick Madden, Paul Lisicky, R. Eric Thomas, Raven Leilani, Real Life, Road Out of Winter, ross gay, Roy G. Guzmán, Ruby Hamad, Ruth O. Saxton, Sam Irby, Samantha Irby, Sarah Kasbeer, Sejal Shah, Shawn Wen, Shayla Lawson, Shine of the Ever, Soft Science, Solmaz Sharif, Sonya Huber, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Stephen Graham Jones, Syzygy: Beauty, T Fleischmann, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Terese Mailhot, The Age of Phillis, The Beauty, The Book of Old Ladies, The Books of Delights, The City We Became, The Crying Book, The Low Low Woods, The New Wilderness, The Office of Historical Corrections, The Only Good Indians, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, This Is Major, This Is One Way to Dance, Thrown in the Throat, Tiny Nightmares, Tomboyland, Tyree Daye, Verge, Wandering in Strange Lands, What to Read When, White Tears/Brown Scars, World of Wonders, Wow No Thank You, zadie smith
Laura Bogart discusses her debut novel, DON’T YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU.
Tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Abuse, child abuse, COVID-19, debut novel, domestic violence, Don't You Know I Love You, family, family dysfunction, fathers, fathers and daughters, finances, girlchild, Girls, Janet Fitch, Laura Bogart, little women, Love Me Back, marlon brando, mary gaitskill, Merritt Tierce, money, mothers, pandemic, pop culture, publishing industry, Quarantine, Stanley Kowalski, Tabitha Blankenbiller, toxic masculinity, Trump, Tupelo Hassman, Veronica, visual art, visual artist, White Oleander
Steph Post discusses her new novel, MIRACULUM.
Tags: 1920s, Carnival, Carnivale, circus, fathers, fathers and daughters, first lines, first sentences, gender roles, Grady Stiles, historical fiction, Hollywood, horror, Joe McKennon, literary tropes, Marc Hartzman, Miraculum, outsider narratives, Polis Books, research, Steph Post, Tabitha Blankenbiller, tarot, tropes, villains
Rumpus editors share their favorite books to gift to friends and family!
Tags: 100 Demon Dialogues, A River of Stars, Abandon Me, Ada Limon, Afua Richardson, Aja Monet, Alexander Chee, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Alitha Martinez, All You Can Ever Know, Almost Everything, amy fusselman, Analicia Sotelo, Ann Petry, Anne Lamott, Black Panther: World of Wakanda, China Martens, christmas, Citizen Illegal, Dante Di Stefano, Devotions, Eats of Eden, Everyday People: The Color of Life, Eye Level, Fatima Asghar, Good Bones, Hanukkah, Heart Berries, holidays, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Idiophone, Idra Novey, If They Come for Us, Indecency, Jennifer Baker, Jenny Xie, joe fassler, Josè Olivarez, Julie Sola, Justin Phillip Reed, Light the Dark, Lisa Yaszek, Loretta J. Ross, Lucy Bellwood, Maggie Smith, Mallory Ortberg, María Isabel Álvarez, Mary Oliver, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, Miles from Nowhere, Misrepresented People, Morgan Jerkins, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter, Nami Mun, Natasha Trethewey, Nicole Chung, Nik Sharma, Philip Shepherd, Radical Wholeness, Revolutionary Mothering, Roxane Gay, Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty, Samantha Irby, Season: Big Flavors Beautiful Food, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Terese Mailhot, The Future Is Female, The Merry Spinster, The Street, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, This Will Be My Undoing, Those Who Knew, vanessa hua, Vinegar and Char, virgin, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, What to Read When, Yona Harvey
Don’t miss Naomi J. Williams’s Letter in the Mail!
Now through 4/30, get a signed copy of EATS OF EDEN by Tabitha Blankenbiller!
Find out what The Rumpus Book Club is reading in May!
Our next Letter in the Mail is from Tabitha Blankenbiller, plus get a signed copy of EATS OF EDEN!
Literary events and readings in and around Portland this week!
Tags: Amanda Ferrat, Amelia McDanel, Armin Tolentino, Brian Blanchfield, Cervante Pope, Curtis White, Diana Kirk, Dodie Bellamy, Eric Hein, Hollie Sundin, Karen Karbo, Kathryn Louise, Kevin Killian, Kurtis Drake, Lidia Yuknavitch, Luis Alberto Urrea, Natalie Serber, Notable Portland, Portland, Sam Roxas-Chua, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Tara Dublin, Willy Vlautin
A selection of AWP 2018 panels, readings, and events that we are especially excited for!
Tags: Alexander Chee, Alexandra Watson, Alicia Mountain, Alison Murphy, Allison Amend, Amelia Gray, Amie Zimmerman, Amy Brill, Amy Saul-Zerby, Amy Silverberg, and Yoojin Grace Wuertz, Andy Farkas, Anna March, Ashley C. Ford, AWP 2018, Ayesha Pande, Ben Fama, Ben Gwin, Ben Pease, Benjamin Schaefer, bianca stone, Brandon Taylor, Brenda Hillman, Bridget Talone, carmen maria machado, Carolina Ebeid, Carrie Lorig, Chanda Feldman, Chanelle Benz, Chelsea Rathburn, Chris Tonelli, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Christine Texeira, Colette Arrand, Conner Bassett, Crystal Williams, Dan Brady, Danez Smith, daniel nester, Dantiel W. Moniz, dawn raffel, Deesha Philyaw, Dennis Norris II, Dianca London Potts., Dinty W. Moore, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Dylan Krieger, Ed Steck, Edward Skoog, Elise Blackwell, Elizabeth Isadora Gold, Emily Corwin, Emily Geminder, Emily Pérez, Eric Shonkwiler, Erin Fleming, Esmé Weijun Wang, Evan Lavender-Smith, Evie Shockley, gabriel blackwell, Gina Apostol, Gloria Muñoz, Hafizah Geter, Heather Sellers, Helen Phillips, Hillary Brenhouse, Jaquira Díaz, Jared Yates Sexton, Jason Tougaw, Javier Zamora, Jennifer Maritza McCauley, jennifer s. cheng, Jessica Lanay, Jessie Chaffee, Jim Warner, Johannes Göransson, Jonny Diamond, josef kaplan, Julia Phillips, Julie Buntin, Kaitlin Solimine, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Karissa Chen, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kazim Ali, kelly link, Kelly Luce, Kelly Thompson, Ken Chen, Kenning J.P. Garcia, Kerri Webster, Kim Calder, Kim Liao, Kima Jones, kirsten reach, Kirstin Chen, Krista Bremer, kristen arnett, Krys Lee, Leigh Stein, Lidia Yuknavitch, Linda Gray Sexton, Lisa Ko, lisa mecham, Liz Bowen, lyz lenz, Manuel Gonzales, Marci Blackman, Marie Mockett, Marie-Helene Bertino, Marisa Siegel, Mary-Kim Arnold, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Megan Giddings, Megan Mayhew, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, Mia Alvar, Michael martone, Michele Filgate, Min Jin Lee, Mischa Haider, Mo Daviau, Monica Wendel, Morgan Parker, Muriel Leung, Nancy Reddy, Natalie Lima, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Olivia Kate Cerrone, Patricia Park, Paul Lisicky, Paul Tran, Peg Alford Pursell, Piper Daniels, Porochista Khakpour, Rachel Lyon, Rachelle Toarmino, Rajiv Mohabir, Raluca Albu, Reem Abu-Baker, Rion Amilcar Scott, Rob Roberge, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Ruth Awad, Saeed Jones, Safia Elhillo, Safiya Sinclair, Samantha Irby, Sandra Beasley, Sarah Blake, Shelley Feller, Sheree Greer, Shira Dentz, Shy Watson, Sonya Huber, Steph Burt, Steph Post, Steve Woodward, Suleika Jaouad, Sy Safransky, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Tampa, tara Betts, Tarfia Faizullah, Tasha Lamberto Coryell, tatiana ryckman, Thaïs Miller, Tiffany D. Jackson, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Toni Jensen, Tony Fu, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, vanessa hua, Vanessa Mártir, Vi Khi Nao, Virginia Konchan, Wendy C. Ortiz, Wright, Yahdon Israel, Yuki Jackson
Each [cookbook] is a ticket into an immersive opportunity for new dishes, new ingredients, new love. ...more
Tags: Adele Yellin, Allegra McEvedy, Alternating Current Press, Barbara M. Walker, cookbooks, Dana McCauley, Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food, eating, Eats of Eden, Ellen Jackson, food, Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, Kate McMillan, Kevin West, Last Dinner on the Titanic, Laurie Colwin, LEON: Ingredients and Recipes, Marcy Carriker Smothers, Nigella Lawson, One Pot of the Day, Portland Farmers Market Cookbook, Rick Archbold, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Tabitha Blankenbiller, The Baking Bible, The Grand Central Market Cookbook, The Little House Cookbook, What to Read When
Micheline Aharonian Marcom discusses her novel,
The Brick House, female sexuality in literature, and transcendence through dreaming. ...more
Tags: Anne Garréta, Awst Press, Bruja, Carl Jung, Dalkey Archive Press, dreaming, dreams, elena ferrante, female sexuality, Goddard College, John Lennon, Marina Tsvetaeva, Memories Dreams Reflections, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Micheline Marcom, Music & Literature, Not One Day, Sex, sexuality, Soft Split, szilvia molnar, Tabitha Blankenbiller, tatiana ryckman, Taylor Davis-Van Atta, The Brick House, The Days of Abandonment, The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Mirror in the Well, transcendence, W.G. Sebald, Wendy C. Ortiz
A weekly roundup of essays we’re reading online!
We share our fifteen most-read pieces of 2017!
Tags: 2017, best of 2017, Best of Lists, Claire Vaye Watkins, Dana Schwartz, Eve L. Ewing, Hayley Krischer, Kate Harloe, Lizz Huerta, Mandy Catron, most read, Rebecca Bodenheimer, Stacie Evans, Tabitha Blankenbiller, the rumpus, tom mcallister, top 15, top articles, Zoe Fisher
While we can’t promise that 2018 won’t find us facing more political upheaval, we can assure you that there will be great literature to offer moments of escape and inspiration.
Tags: A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise, Adrienne Celt, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Aja Gabel, Akwaeke Emezi, Alexander Chee, Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man, America Is Not the Heart, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, amy fusselman, An American Marriage, Analicia Sotelo, And Now We Have Everything, Anne Raeff, beth bachmann, book lists, Brood, Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen, Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, Cease, census, Choose Your Own Disaster, colin winnette, Dana Schwartz, Diane Seuss, Eats of Eden, Elaine Castillo, Eloisa Amezcua, Empty Set, Everyday People, Eye Level, Fady Joudah, Feel Free, florida, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, Freshwater, From the Inside Quietly, Go Home!, Heart Berries, Hermoine Hoby, Homeplace, How to Be Safe, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Idiophone, Idra Novey, Ijeoma Oluo, Indictus, Invitation to a Bonfire, Jasmine Guillory, Jennifer Baker, Jenny Xie, Jesse Ball, John Lingan, Katia D. Ulysse, Kimiko Hahn, Laura Lippman, laura van den berg, lauren groff, leesa cross-smith, Leslie Jamison, Lincoln Michel, Litany for the Long Moment, Mallory Ortberg, marilyn robinson, Mary-Kim Arnold, Meaghan O’Connell, Meg Wolitzer, Meghan Flaherty, Melissa Broder, michelle dean, Morgan Jerkins, Mouths Don't Speak, nadxieli nieto, Natalie Eilbert, Neon in Daylight, Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture, Oceanic, Porochista Khakpour, R. O. Kwon, reading recommendations, Registers of Illuminated Villages, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Roxane Gay, Rumaan Alam, Sandra Allen, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Shara Lessley, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, Sick: A Memoir, Sigrid Nunez, So You Want to Talk About Race, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, Sunburn, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Tango Lessons, Tarfia Faizullah, Tayari Jones, Ted Scheinman, Terese Mailhot, Terrance Hayes, That Kind of Mother, The Ensemble, The Explosive Expert's Wife, The Female Persuasion, The Friend, The Incendiaries, The Job of the Wasp, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, The Pisces, The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath, The Second O of Sorrow, The Third Hotel, The Wedding Date, This Mournable Body, This Will Be My Undoing, Thomas Page McBee, Those Who Knew, Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, tom mcallister, Tracy K Smith, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, virgin, Wade in the Water, What are We Doing Here?, What to Read When, Whiskey & Ribbons, Winter Kept Us Warm, zadie smith
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: academia, Ada Cheng, C. Wheeler, ENOUGH, Harvey Weinstein, higher education, Laurie Jean Cannady, military, Niki Herd, rape, Rape culture, Sejal Shah, sexism, sexist, sexual assault, sexual harassment, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Trish Parker-Night, workplace
Literary events and readings in and around Portland this week!
Tags: Alex Behr, Brad Rosen, Chuck Palahniuk, Claire McMillan, Dana Levin, Danzy Senna, Dena Rash Guzman, Ellen Urbani, Gigi Little, Gloria Harrison, Joe Hagan, Kaveh Akbar, Mark Bray, Megan Stielstra, Melissa Febos, Morgan Parker, Nancy Slavin, Notable Portland, Olivia Olivia, Omar el Akkad, Peter Ames Carlin, Portland, sarah manguso, Shane Burley, Tabitha Blankenbiller
Women don’t need laws to repress their fashion, comfort, identity, or preference. Our society’s deft ability to shame does all the heavy lifting. ...more
Tags: 1990s, adolescence, clothing, Disney, Disneyland, dress code, dresses, female body, feminism, GAP, gender inequality, Katharine Hepburn, leggings, Lululemon, nineties, Old Navy, patriarchy, Tabitha Blankenbiller, United Airlines, vacation, yoga pants
An agenda can only exist when there is a contingent opposing it. We only push for representation when so many hours and characters of wrath are poured into keeping us out. ...more
Tags: Anita Sarkeesian, Bill Murray, black lives matter, blockbuster, Brianna Wu, Chris Helmsworth, doxxing, feminism, Film, gamergate, gender roles, Ghostbusters, ghosts, Hollywood, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Lindy West, Melissa McCarthy, Neil Casey, Paul Feig, Rape Is Rape, sexism, Tabitha Blankenbiller, YouTube, Zach Galifianakis
For Electric Literature, Tabitha Blankenbiller offers a critique of the recent New York Times article about “Man Book Clubs,” and analyzes how gendered book covers influence readers’ choices and experience: We can debate the levels of hubris and/or drunkenness in the NYT editorial room all we want, but what we have is an article claiming real estate and […]
If nothing else, it’s the opinion of other women that encroaches on mine. Resemblances spark my joy; differences become character flaws. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Arya, body image, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, fantasy, feminism, Film, Game of Thrones, gender roles, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, heroines, high school, Hollywood, Japan, Japanese, Jessica Simpson, Katniss, Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings, Manga, MFA, middle school, millenials, movies, MTV, Ross Putman, Sailor Moon, Spice Girls, star wars, stereotypes, Tabitha Blankenbiller, The Force Awakens, The Hunger Games, TRL, twitter, Willa Ford
Author Deborah Reed discusses her latest novel,
Olivay, the necessity of fire, Los Angeles anxiety, and how she found fulfillment at the edge of the American West. ...more
Tags: America, anxiety, Black Forest Writing Seminar, Boston Marathon bombing, Carry Yourself Back to Me, Crater Lake, Deborah Reed, destruction, Dorothy Allison, FaceTime, fire, gillian flynn, Gone Girl, growth, happy endings, los angeles, Manzanita, MGA, Olivay, Oregon, Pacific University, Portland, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Terrorism, Things We Set on Fire, tucson, twitter, unlikeable characters, West
First, Grant Snider provides some (mostly) encouraging words in “One Page At A Time.” Prompted by author Colleen McCullough’s shallow-minded obituary in the Guardian, Tabitha Blankenbiller uses the Saturday Essay for introspection. The prevailing views of women’s bodies come under the microscope when Blankenbiller reflects on her experience in a church support group for women trying […]
Why couldn’t I accept my body for what it wanted to be? It’s what I harped on the rest of the world to do. ...more
Tags: bodies, body image, church, Colleen McCullough, dieting, eating disorders, fat, fat acceptance, food, marriage, Oregon, Portland, relationships, religion, self-love, sin, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Weight loss, Weight Watchers, women, women's bodies