I was looking for a way into the history of the counterculture in America and how it moved—into my generation and beyond.
The poet Jericho Brown talks about his new collection The Tradition and reads from two poems, "After Essex Hemphill" and "Duplex: Cento."
Where his previous work evoked comfort and shared domestic spaces, in this show, Fratino has expanded his gaze outward.
Some immigrants lean toward the roots, others toward the flowers, some rest in the stalk. This doubling of self can destroy the person.
You can have a great character, but if they’re not interacting with other people in a dynamic way, the story’s not going to light up.
Translator Emma Ramadan on her career path and translating Delphine Minoui’s newly released memoir, I’m Writing You From Tehran.
I would try to point to some ordinary kindness or act of care or tenderness or beauty, which we are always in the midst of.
Esmé Weijun Wang talks about her new book The Collected Schizophrenias, cultural stigmas around mental illness, and “narrative therapy.”
In this interview with Grace Ann Leadbeater, Leanne Shapton talks about her upcoming book, Guestbook: Ghost Stories.
Valeria Luiselli talks about ways of listening, the subversion of the American road trip story, and her new novel, Lost Children Archive.
"For me, writing a novel is an exercise in empathy. If I can’t imagine being these people, I shouldn’t be writing about them."
The Rumpus' Marisa Siegel talks about shining a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power.