The voice reaches and reaches at answers to broad questions. Sometimes it pulls back pieces of insight and beauty. ...more
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jamie hood discusses her debut book, HOW TO BE A GOOD GIRL.
Tags: Anne Sexton, Ariel, autofiction, C. D. Wright, capitalism, confessional, Dodie Bellamy, femininity, gender roles, how to be a good girl, hybrid genre, Jamie Hood, Kate Zambreno, LGBTQ, male violence, misogyny, pandemic, patriarchy, poems, poetry, Rachelle Toarmino, rape, sexism, sexual assault, sexual trauma, sexual violence, Sharon Olds, susan sontag, sylvia plath, The Waves, To the Lighthouse, trans, trauma, trauma writing, virginia woolf, vulnerability, women writers
Melissa Faliveno discusses her debut essay collection, TOMBOYLAND.
Tags: alcohol, Barneveld, bdsm, Black Rabbit Review, class inequality, creative nonfiction, debut collection, drinking, essay collection, essays, family, gender roles, grief, Jane Eyre, Jo Ann Beard, kazuo ishiguro, Leah Schnelbach, LGBTQ, Melissa Faliveno, Midwest, Midwestern, Mount Horeb, Nickel and Dimed, nonfiction, personal essay, queer, Rob Nixon, Roller Derby, Sarah Lawrence College, therapy, To the Lighthouse, Tomboyland, trauma, Twister, Upper Midwest, virginia woolf, Wisconsin
Author María Sonia Cristoff and translator Katherine Silver discuss INCLUDE ME OUT.
Tags: Argentina, Beckett, Book Club, Echo Under Story, False Calm, henry james, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Katherine Silver, language, manipulation, María Sonia Cristoff, Marisa Siegel, research, Roland Barthes, Rumpus Book Club, samuel beckett, taxidermist, taxidermy, The Rumpus Book Club, The Waves, To the Lighthouse, Transit Books, translation, translator, virginia woolf, Xavier de Maistre
Garth Greenwell discusses his new book, CLEANNESS.
Tags: bulgaria, Cleanness, Debussy, dubliners, epiphany, Frank Bidart, French New Wave, Garrard Conley, garth greenwell, gay, Hitchcock, homosexuality, Interlochen Arts Academy, James Joyce, landscape, LGBTQ, mitko, new wave, opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, place, queer, queerness, Ralph Vaughn Williams, relationships, rope, sadomasochism, setting, Sex, Sex Scenes, sexuality, shame, sofia, Sozopol, To the Lighthouse, What Belongs to You, writing sex
To read Amina Cain is to enter tide pools of the mind. ...more
Tags: Alissa Hattman, Amina Cain, book review, Cat's Eye, class inequality, Creature, debut novel, female friendship, freedom, gender inequality, I Go to Some Hollow, identity, In Search of Lost Time, Indelicacy, interiority, Margaret Atwood, memory, patriarchy, proust, To the Lighthouse, virginia woolf
Seth Rogoff discusses his novels FIRST, THE RAVEN: A PREFACE and THIN RISING VAPORS.
Tags: berlin, Donald Trump, expat, expatriate, expatriate writers, expats, First the Raven, Franz Kafka, Genesis, George W. Bush, Henry David Thoreau, historical fiction, Iraq War, J.M. Coetzee, Jon Calame, Kenneth J. Pruitt, Kenneth Pruitt, novel-writing, old testament, Politics, Prague, Sagging Meniscus Press, Seth Rogoff, The Castle, The Kirschbaum Lectures, Thin Rising Vapors, To the Lighthouse, Trump, virginia woolf, Waiting for the Barbarians, Walden, Washington University
After the anger came a deep, resigned sadness, as if her cruise were canceled at the last minute. She’s stuck on the shore of her life, watching everyone she loves sail into the distance. ...more
Tags: Brandon Taylor, brothers and sisters, death, dying, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, gay, grandfathers, homophobia, homosexuality, LGBTQ, love, mothers, mothers and daughters, relationships, Rumpus Original Fiction, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, siblings, To the Lighthouse, tumor, virginia woolf
Here are some reading suggestions for those of you stuck on an island with no Tyga or blink-182 to distract you. ...more
Tags: A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea, Blink-182, Doaa Al Zamel, Donald Trump, island, island life, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Island Survival, Ja Rule, Jurassic Park, Kylie Jenner, Lord of the Flies, Melissa Fleming, michael crichton, Pablo Escobar, reading list, reading recommendations, Robert Louis Stevenson, To the Lighthouse, Treasure Island!!!, Trump, Tyga, virginia woolf, What to Read When, william golding
Chew-Bose approaches the word essay less as a noun and more as a verb. ...more
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Poet Suzanne Buffam discusses her latest work,
A Pillow Book, sleep remedies that don’t work, and the worries that occupy her mind and keep her from sleep. ...more
Tags: A Pillow Book, A Rumpus Interview, A. Roger Ekirch, Abraham Lincoln, Alice Roche Cody, Chicago, digital age, Down the Rabbit Hole, egyptian tomb, f. scott fitzgerald, Flannery O'Connor, gender inequality, Henry David Thoreau, husbands and wives, insomnia, insomniac, Internet, Iowa Writers' Workshop, Japanese Empress Consert, Jonathan Crary, Joy Williams, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Lucia Berlin, male privilege, Manual for Cleaning Women, marriage, motherhood, NCIS, pillows, poetry, research, Sei Shonagon, sleep, sleeping, Suzanne Buffam, The Irrationalist, The Visiting Privilege, To the Lighthouse
Lynn Steger Strong discusses her debut novel
Hold Still, the influence of Virginia Woolf, unconditional love, and exit strategies. ...more
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Mark Leyner on his new book
Gone with the Mind, pressuring the novel form, being a purist Dionysian, and artisanal pap smears. ...more
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Lauren Groff talks about her new novel,
Fates and Furies, the life of creative people and those who love them, and why she’s grateful to anyone who reads books. ...more
Tags: Arcadia, characters, chorus, craft, Delicate Edible Birds, family, Fates and Furies, fiction, florida, Greek drama, Greek mythology, Kirkus Prize, lauren groff, marriage, National Book Award, process, Stephanie Trott, time, To the Lighthouse, virginia woolf, women writers
Peter Orner writes over at Salon about the beautiful summer of being 22, out on a lake and drinking some beers. He writes of languidly gliding along in a boat with some friends and gripping a copy of To The Lighthouse. Virginia taught him an important lesson that summer: the value of failure.
Helen Dunmore wrote the beautiful new introduction to Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, published online by Granta, in conjunction with their latest, feminism-themed issue, The F-Word. The beginning of summer and the new intro are both reasons to revisit this classic. “In To the Lighthouse Woolf has returned again and again to the destructive power […]
When I started reading as a child, it was an immoderate, late-night indulgence of sweaty palmed, pupil-dilating gluttony. Books were a drug, and civilized society was the pusher. And I got really really high.