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How to Read Like a (21st Century) Poet

Josh Lefkowitz | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
Josh Lefkowitz

What works for one person may not work for another; you alone know what kind of reading experiences will excite and/or move you. But I do think you have to read, to become a (better) poet; and I do think the internet can provide some remarkable avenues to do said reading.

Stochasticism, Ambition and John Cage: A Discussion With Rick Moody

Rae Bryant | Posted 08.19.2013 | Books
Rae Bryant

'My essay was about flows and probabilities. It was not a rhetorical bludgeoning, which I feel so often from literature of the mainstream these days."

PHOTOS: Cartoonist Unlocks The Hilarious Code To SF Streets

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.17.2012 | San Francisco

Salvador Dali once said, "Just because I don't know the meaning of my art, does not mean it has no meaning." This quip is not only perfectly encaps...

Litquake and San Francisco Writers' Grotto Announce Lit Camp

Nicki Richesin | Posted 11.11.2012 | San Francisco
Nicki Richesin

There's a new literary camp in town. Litquake and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto have joined their wonder twin powers to form Lit Camp a literary writing intensive with representatives from McSweeney's, The Believer, ZYZZYVA and The Rumpus.

Why I Don't Trust Book Reviews Online

Nina Badzin | Posted 10.09.2012 | Books
Nina Badzin

If every book is a "must-read," and "amazing," then how can people looking for suggestions take all this hyperbolic Tweeting and Facebooking seriously?

Get Personal Letters From Famous Authors

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 03.05.2012 | Books

There's something special about finding, nestled among bills and glossy catalogs, a personal letter in the mail. The envelope may be wrinkled, smudged...

Louis C.K. Interview FAIL

Posted 11.26.2011 | Comedy

Ted Wilson of "The Rumpus" gets an E for Effort on his interview withOUT comedian and Emmy nominee Louis C.K. After a one-sided email conversation...

Women Writers: The Essay Gets Up Close and Personal

S.X. Rosenstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
S.X. Rosenstock

The Rumpus recently provided its members with a book of personal essays by women writers they have featured on their site. The contributors have mastered the form on the page and in performance.

The UK Telegraph vs. The New Yorker

Ru Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ru Freeman

A list of fiction writers that was, perhaps, missed by those on this side of the pond was the one in the UK Telegraph, which contains a determinedly multi-cultural list of 20 under 40, among whom my personal favorite is Rana Dasgupta.

An Interview with Stephen Elliott, Who's Giving Away His New Book The Adderall Diaries

Greg Boose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Boose

The book is an immediately current, eye-opening look into the world of sado-masochism sex play that invites you to investigate the lives of your parents before they were your parents.

Dave Eggers' Zeitoun: New Book About Katrina

The Rumpus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Dave Eggers has a new nonfiction book, Zeitoun, coming out in a few weeks, fast on the heels of Away We Go, a movie he co-wrote with his wife, Vendela...

As Long As We're Talking About Rick Warren, Did You Know Rush Limbaugh Is A Drug Addict?

Stephen Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Elliott

I'm not defending Rick Warren. But if the worst thing that happens during the Obama presidency is that he lets a hate-mongering idiot speak at his inauguration I'll be ecstatic.