When we act and what language we use to defend ourselves matters; on a craft level, this is useful to know because this very logic reveals character. What do you care about? And how does that show up in your life? ...more
. . . perhaps humanity is not the pinnacle of what a living thing can be . . . ...more
What’s funnier than somebody having a mental breakdown? We all experienced it, so why can’t we laugh at that? ...more
The Other Side author Lacy M. Johnson talks about the experience of being kidnapped, overcoming trauma, and fighting the George Wills of the world. ...more
. . . we wake up in human bodies every day and move forward with our lives, but every second of the day we’re thinking ahead, we’re thinking backward. Unfortunately, we’re rarely in the present time. ...more
An excerpt from Morgan Talty’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ out from Tin House in July 2022. ...more
What does a growth of new grass on a hillside in spring make you feel? Is it a mixture of nostalgia and hope? Or what does a distant mountain range wreathed in a crown of clouds make you feel? ...more
Though the temperatures may suggest otherwise, it’s time to start thinking about summertime reads. Our June book club picks are Night of the Living Rez, a debut collection of stories by Morgan Talty, and Refuse to Disappear, by Tara Betts.
Elissa Washuta discusses her new essay collection, WHITE MAGIC.
Tags: Adrienne Keene, apophenia, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, colonialism, Cowlitz, cultural appropriation, Elissa Washuta, essays, Greg Mania, magic, memoir, My Body Is a Book of Rules, Native American, occult, research, Tin House, Urban Indian Health Institute, White Magic, whiteness, witch, witchcraft
“You should only bluff if you are prepared for the life it brings you,” my dad said. “You bluff, then you can’t go back.” ...more
Tags: book excerpt, cards, debut novel, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, fathers, Kyle Lucia Wu, lying, playing cards, poker, Rumpus exclusive, Tin House, Tin House Books, Win Me Something
Jocelyn Nicole Johnson discusses her debut story collection, MY MONTICELLO.
Tags: Aimee Bender, american south, Annette Gordon-Reed, barrett bowlin, Black Boy, Charlottesville, Colson Whitehead, debut collection, family, family history, Friday Black, Girl Meets God, Hedgebrook, historical fiction, immigration, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, Kindred, Lauren Winner, My Monticello, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Nigeria, Notes on the State of Virginia, novella, Octavia Butler, parenthood, Racism, research, richard wright, Richmond, Romare Bearden, Sally Hemings, short fiction, short stories, short story, slavery, The Hemingses of Monticello, The Parable of the Sower, thomas jefferson, Tin House, university of virginia, Virginia, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, White Supremacy, writing community
An illustrated review of Elissa Washuta’s new essay collection, WHITE MAGIC!
Tags: book review, comic, Comics, Elissa Washuta, illustrated book review, illustrated review, Kateri Kramer, review, Sketch Book Reviews, Tin House, White Magic
Lilly Dancyger discusses her debut essay collection, NEGATIVE SPACE.
Tags: addiction, Anais Nin, Book Club, Burn It Down, carmen maria machado, COVID, COVID-19, David Carr, debut memoir, editing, editors, Elissa Washuta, exquisite corpse, fathers, fathers and daughters, girlhood, grief, Heroin, Joe Schactman, Just Kids, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lilly Dancyger, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, Maggie Nelson, Melissa Febos, memoir, Mother Winter, Negative Space, On Freedom, pandemic, Patti Smith, Publishing, publishing industry, revision, Rumpus Book Club, Santa Fe Writers Project, SFWP, Sophia Shalmiyev, T Kira Madden, The Art of Cruelty, The Chronology of Water, The Night of the Gun, The Rumpus Book Club, Tin House, visual art, White Magic
“Yes: in terms of an authorial presence, I tried to tread lightly.”
Tags: 1990s, addiction, adolescence, Alexander Chee, beauty ideals, beauty industry, beauty standards, body image, Brianna Holt, Brideshead Revisited, Britney Spears, Catherine Lacey, cutting, Daniel Clowes, desire, disordered eating, eating disorders, Edie Sedgwick, Euphoria, female body, female body image, female friendship, female friendships, Forsyth Harmon, Framing Britney Spears, Ghost World, girlhood, Hermione Hoby, identity, illustrated novel, illustrator, Julie Buntin, Justine, Kate Moss, Leslie Jamison, LGBTQ, Long Island, Marlena, mary gaitskill, Melissa Febos, Milk Fed, Paul Stephens, Peter Bentley, queer, queerness, Quentin Blake, repressed queerness, samantha hunt, Sanaë Lemoine, Sarah Perry, self harm, sexual identity, sexuality, Sula, teenagers, The Art of the Affair, Tin House, Tin House Books, Toni Morrison, trauma, Two Girls Fat and Thin, visual art
Mark Eisner shares a reading list to celebrate RESISTENCIA: POEMS OF PROTEST AND REVOLUTION.
Tags: Anna Deeny, Before a Mirror the City, Black Woman and other Poems, Cantoras, Carolina De Robertis, Daisy Zamora, Javier Zamora, Julia Alvarez, Kristin Dykstra, Mark Eisner, Nancy Morejón, Raúl Zurita, Radical Hope, Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, Reina María Rodríguez, Resistencia, Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution, Sky Below, The Violent Foam, The Winter Garden Photograph, Tin House, Tin House Books, Tina Escaja, Unaccompanied, What to Read When
The moment presented itself at dusk the following day. ...more
Tags: A Girl Is a Body of Water, adolescence, book excerpt, exclusive excerpt, grandfather, grandmother, grandparents, Idi Amin, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Rumpus exclusive, Tin House, Tin House Books, Uganda, witch, witchcraft, witches
How had he seen me upon this initial meeting? How had I seen him? ...more
Tags: apartment, Athens, book excerpt, Brussels, Chicago, childhood, childhood home, daughters, dolls, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, family, fathers, funeral, Greece, Greek, Lesbian, LGBTQ, love, love story, mothers, mothers and daughters, Natalie Bakopoulos, neighbors, parents, relationships, Scorpionfish, sexuality, Tin House, Tin House Books
Ada followed her song deeper into the bush, until the windmill loomed up before her. ...more
Tags: adventure!, book excerpt, childhood, children, Emily Dickinson, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, forest, Martine Murray, mystery, nature, Rumpus exclusive, Tin House, Tin House Books, trees, Willliam Blake, windmill, Woods
Megan Fernandes discusses her new collection of poetry, GOOD BOYS.
Tags: A Sinking Ship Is Still a Ship, academia, Alex Dimitrov, American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin, Ariel Francisco, Ashley Toliver, Bhanu Kapil, canon, Carolyn Forche, class inequality, Danez Smith, Edgar Kunz, emily bronte, Emily Dickinson, family, feminist, Frank O'Hara, Gerald Stern, Good Boys, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hala Alyan, Hannah Grieco, Henri Cole, Hilton Als, Homie, humor, humor writing, Indictus, inheritance, intersectionality, Jenny Zhang, Kahlil Gibran, mcsweeney's, Meena Alexander, Megan Fernandes, My Baby First Birthday, Natalie Eilbert, New York City, Paradise Lost, poems, poetry, racial inequality, Spectra, surrealism, Tap Out, Taylor Johnson, Terrance Hayes, The Kingdom and After, The Twenty-Ninth Year, Tin House, Tin House Books, Together and by Ourselves, Virginia Konchan, white girls, writing humor, wuthering heights
Jenn Shapland discusses her debut book, MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS.
Tags: Amelia Gray, autobiography, Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, biography, Carson McCullers, Clock Without Hands, debut memoir, Donna Tartt, gay, gertrude stein, Harry Ransom Center, homophobia, Illumination and Night Glare, Isadora, janet malcolm, Jean Stein, Jenn Shapland, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Liz Button, Mary Mercer, memoir, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Nancy Milford, Nathalie Leger, queer, queerness, Reflections in a Golden Eye, residencies, residency, sexuality, Suite for Barbara Loden, sylvia plath, The Little Friend, The Member of the Wedding, Tin House, Tin House Books, University of Texas, Vermont STudio Center, Yaddo, Zelda
Our love of the superfluous is helpful in better understanding ourselves. ...more
Tags: Amadora, Angola, Angolan, beauty, beauty ideals, beauty image, beauty standards, book excerpt, childhood, Cimov, colonialism, Cypress Hill, Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida, Eric M. B. Becker, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, family, grandparents, hair, immigrants, jehovah's witness, Lisbon, Luanda, Nietzsche, Oeiras, Portugal, Portuguese, privilege, Rumpus exclusive, São Gens, self image, summer, summer vacation, That Hair, Tin House, Tin House Books, Wu-Tang Clan
E. J. Koh discusses her debut memoir, THE MAGICAL LANGUAGE OF OTHERS.
Tags: A Lesser Love, book design, Bruce Cumings, Daejeon, daughters, debut memoir, Don Mee Choi, E.J. Koh, Eun Ji Koh, family, heritage, historical trauma, Inez Tan, intergenerational trauma, James McMichael, Japan, Japanese, Korea, korean, language, memoir, memory, mothers and daughters, poetry, Sonia Ryang, south korea, The Magical Language of Others, Tin House, Tin House Books, tokyo, trauma
Jenn Shapland discusses MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS.
Tags: A Year Without a Name, Amelia Gray, Amir Levine, Attached, audre lorde, Between The Covers, biography, Bodhisattva Mind, carmen maria machado, Carson McCullers, Cyrus Grace Dunham, dissertation, Dunce, Elisa Gabbert, gay, Harry Ransom Center, Heart Berries, Illumination and Night Glare, In the Dream House, Isadora, Jaquira Díaz, Jean Stein, Jenn Shapland, Julia Koets, Lesbian, lesbians, LGBTQ, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, lydia davis, Mary Ruefle, memoir, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Nathalie Leger, Ninety-nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, Ordinary Girls, Pema Chödrön, queer, queerness, Rachel S. F. Heller, residencies, residency, Sheila Heti, Suite for Barbara Loden, T Kira Madden, Terese Mailhot, The Lonely Hunter, The Rib Joint, The Word Pretty, Tin House, Tin House Books, Vermont STudio Center, Virginia Spencer Carr, Writing Residency, zadie smith, Zami
Find out what The Rumpus Book Club is reading in January!
Jeannie Vanasco discusses her new memoir, THINGS WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT WHEN I WAS A GIRL.
Tags: Abandon Me, Amy Jo Burns, Broadripple Is Burning, Burn It Down, Carmen Machado, carmen maria machado, cats, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gendered violence, Heart Berries, In the Dream House, James Pennebaker, Jeannie Vanasco, Lacy M. Johnson, Margot and the Nuclear So and So, Masie Cochran, Melissa Febos, memoir, misogyny, Mother Winter, patriarchy, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence, Shiner, Sophia Shalmiyev, teaching, teaching writing, Terese Mailhot, Terese Marie Mailhot, The Americans, The Glass Eye, The Good Place, The Other Side, Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl, Tin House, Tin House Books, trauma, trauma writing, Women & Children First
“This novel is my most intimate and biographical.”
Tags: Andre Aciman, cancer, Chekhov, couples counseling, Divide Me by Zero, divorce, Film, immigrants, Lara Vapnyar, Louis Menand, marriage, Memoirs of a Muse, new yorker, Open City, Russian, screenplay, screenwriting, Still Here, Svetlana Satchkova, teaching, teaching writing, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, therapy, Tin House, Tin House Books
Find out what The Rumpus Book Club is reading in September!
Courtney Maum discusses her new novel, COSTALEGRE.
Tags: Constantin Brancusi, Costalegre, courtney maum, dadaism, diary, historical fiction, jim shepard, Mexico, mothers and daughters, Paul Nash, Pegeen Guggenheim, Peggy Guggenheim, Robin Benway, surrealism, The Book of Aron, Tin House, unreliable narrator, World War II, WWII
Kristen Arnett discusses her new novel, MOSTLY DEAD THINGS.
Tags: Amanda Malone, american south, coming out, death, debut novel, Felt in the Jaw, florida, kristen arnett, LGBTQ, librarians, libraries, memory, Mostly Dead Things, nostalgia, novel, queer, queerness, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, short story, Split Lip Press, suicide, taxidermy, Tin House, Tin House Books, trauma porn
Morgan Parker discusses her newest collection, MAGICAL NEGRO.
Tags: Bible, black women, Black women writers, Christianity, Drunk History, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Magical Negro, Morgan Parker, poems, poetry, Politics, Racism, religion, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Tin House