At the beginning of the trip, we couldn’t wait to reach the end of the world. ...more
Tags: adventure!, adventures, divorce, fantasy, infidelity, marriage, relationships, Reykjavik, Rumpus Original Fiction, science fiction, Sex, short fiction, short stories, short story, Switzerland, Thaisa Frank, war, willa cather
Theodore Wheeler discusses his new novel, IN OUR OTHER LIVES.
Tags: 9/11, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Anna Seghers, Bad Faith, Conor Oberst, Edward Snowden, historical fiction, In Our Other Lives, Internet, Jenny Lewis, Kings of Broken Things, Maria Taylor, marriage, Midwest, Midwestern, Nebraska, NSA, Omaha, patrick modiano, perspective, point of view, Ryan Borchers, saddle creek, September 11, September 11th, Simon Joyner, Speculations about Jakob, spying, state surveillance, Stephanie Delman, surveillance, Theodore Wheeler, Tillie Olsen, Tim Kasher, Uwe Johnson, willa cather
“To really write, I need to hold a pen.”
Tags: Aimee Liu, All the Way to the Tigers, Bruce Chatwin, Cheryl Strayed, dreams, Edith Wharton, EL Doctorow, Gateway to the Moon, India, Isadora Duncan, jack kerouac, Maiden Voyages, Mary Morris, mary wollstonecraft, memoir, Nothing To Declare, Paul Theroux, Peter Matthiessen, The Jazz Palace, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tigers, travel, travel writing, Wild, willa cather
[W]hat was going wrong? Why were our stories not being written or published? ...more
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Cynthia Newberry Martin interviews her mentor, Pam Houston.
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Garrard Conley and Taylor Larsen discuss their recent work.
Tags: bigotry, Bobcat, Boy Erased, camp, Christianity, coming of age, conversion therapy, evangelical Christianity, family, femininity, Garrard Conley, gay, gender, gender roles, hawthorne, homophobia, identity, interiority, Jerome Ellison Murphy, landscape, LGBTQ, masculinity, memoir, Nabokov, nature, new england, queer, Rebecca Lee, Robert Frost, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, sexuality, Stranger Father Beloved, sylvia plath, Taylor Larsen, The Professor's House, The Scarlet Letter, transcendentalism, weather, willa cather
Erica Trabold discusses her debut essay collection, FIVE PLOTS.
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Anjali Sachdeva discusses her debut story collection, ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD.
Tags: All the Names They Used for God, Anjali Sachdeva, August Wilson, Boko Haram, carmen maria machado, Clare Beams, debut collection, Ed Simon, fabulism, fabulist, fairy tales, first book, genre, Her Body and Other Parties, John Milton, landscape, Leslie Brisman, Michael Chabon, Milgram experiment, nature, Nigeria, Pittsburgh, Politics, religion, revision, science, setting, short fiction, short stories, social justice, speculative fiction, Tom Sweterlitsch, willa cather, writing process
Carrie La Seur discusses her new novel,
The Weight of an Infinite Sky, standing up for what you know is right, and the writers who inspire her. ...more
Tags: Adrienne Rich, Bryn Mawr, Carrie La Seur, Christine Sneed, coal industry, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Hamlet, law, lawyer, Louise Erdrich, Meridel Le Sueur, Montana, Neal Stephenson, Pablo Neruda, Panzer Division, ranchers, ranching, Shakespeare, simone de beauvoir, Standing Rock, The Weight of an Infinite Sky, wendell berry, willa cather
Author Laura Pritchett discusses her two most recent books, death, sex, and being rural in modern America.
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Lucy Jane Bledsoe discusses her latest book,
A Thin Bright Line, uncovering the remarkable story of her aunt, and illuminating history through the lens of imagination. ...more
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In both fiction and non-fiction, I love a book that helps us unravel ourselves by illuminating place, a book that transports me from here to there. These six books will take you far… and deliver you.
Tags: Anna March, Claire of the Sea Light, David Ulin, Death Comes for the Archbishop, edwidge danticat, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Josephine Humpreys, Judith Rossner, Love in the Time of Cholera, Olivia, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, Rich in Love, Sidewalking, willa cather
I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. Brain Pickings shares with us a beautiful little vignette from Willa Cather’s masterpiece, My Ántonia, describing happiness in a perfect and simple way: with a character […]
A rural meditation on the meaning of plot and place.
Tags: Alexandra Fuller, artists, Chris Dombrowski, farming, george merrill, georges polti, Hayden Carruth, james galvin, Julia Shipley, my antonia, o pioneers, painting, Stephen King, Vermont, willa cather