It’s never too late to read Toni Morrison for the first time. ...more
Tags: black women, Black women writers, childhood, colorism, domestic violence, Glory Edim, identity, institutional racism, internalized racism, Katherine D. Morgan, Pecola Breedlove, Racism, representation, structural racism, the bluest eye, Toni Morrison, Well Read Black Girl, white gaze
Kendra Allen shares a reading list to celebrate her debut essay collection, WHEN YOU LEARN THE ALPHABET.
Tags: Alice Walker, bell hooks, Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood, Chasing Destiny, cherrie moraga, Claudia Rankine, Don't Let Me Be Lonely, Eric Jerome Dickey, Flyy Girl, Frankenstein, Giovanni's Room, Hilton Als, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Kendra Allen, Kiese Laymon, Loving in the War Years, Mary Shelley, Men We Reaped, Omar Tyree, Sister Souljah, the bluest eye, The Coldest Winter Ever, The Color Purple, Toni Morrison, University of Iowa Press, What to Read When, When You Learn the Alphabet, white girls
Authors whose works have been challenged or banned give recommendations on other “uncomfortable” books that will make you a better person for having read them.
Tags: 10000 Dresses, A Midwinter Break, A Time to Kill, Alain Deneault, Alice Walker, American Library Association, Andrew Aydin, Angie Thomas, banned books, beloved, Bernard MacLaverty, censorship, Charles Johnson, chris hedges, crank, Daughter of the Forrest, David France, Edward P. Jones, Einstein's Beach House, Ellen Hopkins, Emily Rosenblum, Empire of Illusions, growing, Harper Lee, Heather Has Two Mommies, How to Survive a Plague, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Imperial Canada Inc, In the Night Kitchen, It's Perfectly Normal, Jacob M. Appel, James Joyce, Janet Fitch, John Grisham, John Lewis, Juliet Marillier, Leslea Newman, Life is Funny, Love Comes Later, MARCH series, Marcus Ewert, Margo Lanagan, mariko tamaki, maurice sendak, Maya Angelou, Middle Passage, Mohana Rajakumar, Nate Powell, Nawal El Saadawi, No Choirboy, reading recommendations, Rex Ray, Robie H. Harris, Spencer Folkins, Susan Kuklin, Tender Morsels, the bluest eye, The Color Purple, The Hate U Give, The Known World, This One Summer, To Kill a Mockingbird, Toni Morrison, Ulysses, What to Read When, White Oleander, Woman at Point Zero
Zinzi Clemmons on
What We Lose, representations of blackness, and life’s influences on writing. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Adrienne Rich, Alessandro Spina, Apogee Journal, Audre Lord, Barack Obama, Black Skin White Masks, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, death, Disney, Donald Trump, fairy tales, family, Finding Nemo, Frantz Fanon, grief, Hillary Clinton, hip-hop, identity, Jaime Herndon, memory, obama, Of Woman Born, Orphans, Politics, rappers, the bluest eye, The Cancer Journals, The Confines of the Shadow, Toni Morrison, trauma, Trump, What We Lose, Women Writers of Color, writers of color, Zinzi Clemmons
Sylvia Brownrigg discusses
Pages For Her and returning to its world of characters, the inner voices she heeds and those she silences, and who she imagines her readers to be. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, bisexaulity, Catastrophe, Edie Meidav, Fleabag, LGBTQ, Louis C.K., Noah Baumbach, outline, Pages For Her, Pages For You, Rachel Cusk, revision, Richard Linklater, Sharon Horgan, Sylvia Brownrigg, the bluest eye, The Delivery Room, Toni Morrison, Transit, writing process
Samantha Hunt discusses her new collection,
The Dark Dark, why she became a writer, and the freeing quiet of darkness. ...more
Tags: Andi Olsen, Annie Guthrie, as I lay dying, birth, Brian Blanchfield, death, Faulkner, female body, Flannery O'Connor, FSG, Haruki Murakami, Katherine Dunn, kelly link, Lyme disease, motherhood, mothers, Mr. Splitfoot, new england, patriarchy, pregnancy, Rumaan Alam, Samatha Hunt, short fiction, short stories, siblings, the bluest eye, The Brady Bunch, The Dark Dark, The Invention of Everything Else, The Seas, Toni Morrison, writing process
Geeta Kothari discusses her debut collection, American xenophobia, and the immigrant narrative.
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, America, childhood, debut collection, depression, Donald Trump, dystopia, election 2016, first book, Geeta Kothari, gender, I Brake for Moose, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories, immigrants, immigration, Indian, Indian Americans, internment camps, mccarthyism, New York City, parents, Parul Kapur Hinzen, Politics, race, Racism, reclaiming patriotism 2017, short fiction, short stories, Steve King, Stuart Dybek, the bluest eye, Toni Morrison, Trump, United Nations, Vietnam War, Women Writers of Color
Life’s inequities can be cruel, but in the end we are all part of our communities; suffering though we may be, we are not alone. ...more
Tags: Adirondacks, Annie Dillard, Barbara Kingsolver, Binghamton University, birder, Child of God, Christine Maul Rice, Climbing the God Tree, David Suzuki, eco-fiction, economic systems, Emily Dickinson, environmental crisis, erosion, extinction, family, Flannery O'Connor, Flight Behavior, friendships, government, hawaii, Hunting Island, Jaimee Wriston Colbert, James Michener, Jaycee Dugard, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Lolita, Margaret Atwood, monarch caterpillar, new york, place, Reginald McKnight, rural life, rural noir, Rust Belt, Scottish diaspora, Shark Girls, South Carolina, Susquehanna River, Tea Party, the bluest eye, towns, unlikeable characters, wendell berry, Wild Things, William Wordsworth, Wordsworth
Literature has always functioned as a singular means of finding empathy for others in situations one might otherwise be unable to imagine. At the Huffington Post, Erika Johansen discusses the social reluctance to engage with difficult topics like sexual abuse, and the necessity for discussions and books surrounding these problems. She picks seven works, from […]
Toni Morrison was honored at this year’s National Book Critics Circle award ceremony, and Rita Dove’s remarks capture Morrison’s ongoing legacy beautifully. Dove describes her own joy in discovering The Bluest Eye, the first book in the University of Iowa’s library that spoke to a black American experience outside of the deep south or inner […]