Andrea Actis discusses her debut book, GREY ALL OVER.
Tags: addiction, alcoholism, aliens, Andrea Actis, Communion: A True Story, daughters, dead, death, dreams, drinking, experimental poetry, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, generational trauma, Grey All Over, grief, hybrid genre, intergenerational trauma, memoir, nada alic, paranormal, parents, poems, poetry, Supernatural, The Astronaut Farmer, UFOs, Walter Benjamin, whiteness, Whitley Strieber, working class
The collection enacts—even performs—its own coming into being. ...more
Tags: book review, debut essay collection, index cards, Jane Bowles, Jean Genet, Louis Malle, Maurice Blanchot, Moyra Davey, nadine gordimer, new directions, Phantom India, review, Robert Walser, Roland Barthes, Sartre, Sontag, tess michaelson, Walter Benjamin, writing process
[W]hat lies beneath the arcing paths of these stars, fueling and frustrating them? ...more
Tags: Alfred Eisenstaedt, Amanda Lee Koe, Amelia Possanza, Anna May Wong, book review, debut novel, Delayed Rays of a Star, Edith Piaf, Erich Maria Remarque, fascism, filmmaking, gender inequality, gender roles, gender stereotypes, historical fiction, Holocaust, immigrants, Leni Riefenstahl, marlene dietrich, movie stars, Shanghai Express, The Blue Angel, Walter Benjamin, World War II, WWII
Valeria Luiselli discusses her new novel, LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE.
Tags: A Portrait of the Artist of a Young Man, americana, Apache, childhood, children, deportation, E.P. Floyd, Faces in the Crowd, genocide, historical trauma, immigration, Latin American literature, Lawrence Venuti, Lost Children Archive, migration, Mrs. Dalloway, Native American, parenthood, parenting, political violence, Politics, road trip, Sidewalks, storytelling, Tell Me How It Ends, The Story of My Teeth, The Translator’s Invisibility, translation, Valeria Luiselli, virginia woolf, Walter Benjamin
Jared Pappas-Kelley discusses his forthcoming book, SOLVENT FORM.
Tags: Agnes Martin, art world, Banksy, Chapman Brothers, David Weiss, diy, Fatal Strategies, Gardar Eide Einarsson, george sand, instagram, Jared Pappas-Kelley, Jean Tinguely, Jonathan Mayhew, Laura: A Journey into the Crystal, Louise Bourgeois, Momart, Museum of Lost Art, museums, Peter Fischli, Rachel Whiteread, riot grrrl, Robert Irwin, Sarah Winchester, Stéphane Breitwieser, The Magic Mountain, Thomas Hirschhorn, visual art, Walter Benjamin
If there is no distinction between show and commercial, ethics and entertainment, what kind of distinctions, if any, exists between her imaginary play, her consumer life, and our reality? ...more
Tags: babies, Baby Einstein, Breastfeeding, children, Don Campbell, Erik Satie, fathers, George W. Bush, husbands and wives, Julie Aigner-Clark, Julie Clark, marriage, motherhood, mothers, Netflix, Nikola Tesla, parenthood, parenting, Paul Valery, Renee Angle, Sesame Street, susan sontag, television, The Mozart Effect, toys, Van Gogh, Waldorf, Walter Benjamin, Zell Miller
Umbrellas are flimsy shelters from the maelstrom, and Rader keeps going because he can’t stop. ...more
Isn’t the crowd itself a kind of anti-literature, an intensely physical impediment to the inwardness required of poetry and prose? At Lit Hub, Dustin Illingworth writes about literature that theorizes “the crowd,” from Don DeLillo to Ezra Pound and Walter Benjamin, with horror and fascination.
[T]he finding, cutting, and pasting process constantly offers me new perspectives on how I see the world around me. ...more
Tags: advertising, collage, cory peeke, digital, Edmund Burke, failure, Francis Bacon, Jay Berrones, Jesse Treece, John Stezaker, Joseph Cornell, Kevin Sampsell, Lita Kenyon, orpheus, paper trumpets, Picasso, rachel eaton, Secrets to the Magic of Oil Painting, W. Alexander, Walter Benjamin
What is it Ferrante has that American fiction lacks? ...more
Tags: american literature, Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell, elena ferrante, Heidegger, henry james, hysterical realism, infinite jest, James Wood, Jessi Stevens, jonathan franzen, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Mason & Dixon, my struggle, Nabokov, Neapolitan Novels, Paul Ricoeur, proust, purity, realism, The Story of the Lost Child, Walter Benjamin, white teeth
The Rumpus Book Club chats with Steve Stern about his new novel
The Pinch, about what it means for Jews to be “people of the book,” and how fiction and history can be entwined in entertaining and challenging ways. ...more
Tags: Chelm stories, Eastern Europe, Genesis, historical fiction, history, Holocaust, jews, judaism, myths, new testament, penelope fitzgerald, pogrom, Steve Stern, The Pinch, virginia woolf, Walter Benjamin
The tragedy of a mentally ill mind or a richly realized fantasy is that its world exists only for its inventor. It is the loneliest party, the most isolating game. ...more
Tags: berlin, bipolar, bipolar disorder, dreams, Else Lasker-Schüler, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, Franz Marc, German Expressionism, Henry David Thoreau, Jennifer Redmann, lithium, mental illness, Nazi Germany, nightmares, nika knight, poetry, Thebes, Walden, Walter Benjamin, wwI, WWII
In an empirically-preoccupied world, mentorship appears to be unscientific, impossible to quantify, and perhaps even sentimental. ...more
Tags: Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, atonal, beefheart, bird watching, boston modern orchestra project, daniel felsenfeld, Don DeLillo, Howl, Jay-Z, kronos quartet, lee hyla, macdowell, mentors, midori, neil young, new england conservatory, orpheus chamber orchestra, rick moody, Robert Coover, saints, Sun Ra, swinging modern sounds, tanglewood orchestra, teaching, the roots, theodor adorno, Walter Benjamin, will eno, writing advice, yo la tengo
Although it never garnered the intellectual prestige reserved for his contemporary Walter Benjamin’s critical zingers, Stefan Zweig’s work has recently enjoyed a revival at the hands of two publishers. Zweig’s legacy is that of a conflicted yet devoted proponent of liberalism, who struggled to understand the function of the humanities in World War II-era Vienna […]
Robert Walser’s legendary novella Der Spaziergang (The Walk), the first work of his to appear in English and the only one to be translated during his lifetime, is now available in the revised version he published three years after the original edition of 1917. Susan Bernofsky (who has translated numerous works of Walser’s including The […]
“The device itself looked for all the world like an Underwood typewriter, at once sleek and erect. In place of the roller carriage, however, rose a stately glass dome, like that on a ticker tape machine (when inverted, the dome stores cunningly in the cavity of the machine). Peering inside the glass dome, one glimpsed […]