I know that there are those who would argue that alcoholism is a singularly extreme condition, and I get that, but I’ve always felt clear that there’s a lot of overlap between alcoholism and plain old ordinary humanity....more
Mohsin Hamid discusses his new novel, Exit West, hope in fiction as a form of resistance, the necessity of learning to accept social change, and how much America and Pakistan have come to resemble each other. ...more
Chen Chen discusses his new collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, playing the game white supremacy has set up, and if God is trying and failing to be a cool dad. ...more
I think about the birth of Mosley, and all of the dreams I already have for him at the ripe age of one. I know how I want him to see me—strong, smart, capable of anything and everything. This is how I want him to see all women, but me especially....more
We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from Rachele Alpine! Rachele writes to us about her love of baseball, books, and especially hockey! And the importance of being yourself because there’s only one YOU!
To make sure this letter reaches your favorite young reader, subscribe by June 1! And through May 25, purchase a yearly Letters for Kids subscription and we’ll send you your own hardcover copy of the nonfiction book Curious Constructions signed by the author Michael Hearst, while supplies last! Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it to yearly! If you’re a librarian or teacher buying for your classroom, we can postpone the start of your subscription until school reopens in the fall!
For more information on Letters for Kids, click here. Letters for Kids is now on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, so visit us there, too. And remember, Letters for Kids helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, your children can correspond with their favorite writers and you’ll support the website in one fell swoop. (more…)
Monday 5/22: Milkweed Editions is celebrating the launch of Dalia Rosenfeld’s debut collection of stories, The Worlds We Think We Know. Enjoy a conversation between Rosenfeld and author Julie Schumacher with a book signing to follow. Open Book, 7 p.m., free but RSVP.
On Thursday night, May 25, an amazing event will take place outside a BART train station in the Mission District of San Francisco, as it has every Thursday night for the past fourteen years.
If you were to pass by, you might not even notice what is taking place. The corner of 16th Street and Mission Boulevard in San Francisco is not a spot you would normally seek out, most likely. Not unless you were out looking to score illicit drugs or sex, or you were on a binge, or perhaps just looking for adventure in low places. You might be there, briefly, if you were leaving the BART on your way to someplace else in the neighborhood, and decided to stop for one of the famous Mission burritos sold in any one of several nearby taquerias. But it’s not a place to hang out. (more…)
Saturday 5/20: Join Chicago historical mystery writers Susanna Calkins, Cheryl Honigford, Michelle Cox, and D.M. Pirrone, as they gather for a lively panel discussion about their work and all things mystery! The Book Cellar, 6 p.m., free.
In the fallout from the 2016 presidential election, an election that revealed America as a country more viciously and zealously divided than many of us previously thought, it has become difficult to foster much (or any) compassion for those on the opposite side of the divide. That’s what makes this week’s story, about an old man struggling with racism, misogyny, nostalgia, and fear, both timely and remarkable. Fiction writer and Rumpus contributor Erin Wilcox wrote “The Barn” years ago, of which she says she’s glad because the relative lack of judgment displayed in the piece is something she doubts she could be capable of in this current moment. The story first appeared in Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques in 2012. After the 2016 election, Wilcox decided to rerelease “The Barn” as an ebook, with half the proceeds of its sale going to the NAACP. (more…)
Picture this: a curbside juggler with a rose between his teeth. That’s the opening image of Susan DeFreitas’s powerful debut novel, Hot Season. Vivid (and sometimes strange) images strike again and again, conjuring ponderosa pines, cafés, old houses, and new characters.
The book is firmly set in the fictional town of Crest Top, Arizona, and follows a group of activists—some budding, some radical—trying to save the beloved Greene River from being drained in the name of a new housing development. The book is about many things, and it follows a handful of characters from varied backgrounds, but it is expertly bound by this common thread: A place can be hallucinatory—and sometimes perverting—and unexpectedly powerful, flipping or challenging or rejuvenating or reorienting your ideals. (more…)