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Kate Bush Bombards British Album Chart

The singer's return to performing has sent eight of her albums to the British Top 40.

Dark Investments

There are many flavors of noir, but the one that may be the most relevant to our lives today, Julia Ingalls argues, is corporate noir, which often takes the form of science fiction. At the LARB, she writes about several examples of the genre, including Alan Glynn’s Graveland and Natsuo Kirino’s Out.

Teenage Reading as Therapy

Most people see reading as a solitary activity, but the way I see it, when you read, you are suddenly surrounded by people. These people cross the boundaries of geographical location and time as you embark on a journey with them. When you read, you are listening to multiple points of view on how to tackle different situations. Show More Summary

Good Intentions

“To make money, I’m planning on teaching English, or coaching recreational soccer, or something. But that’s not important because apartments are cheap, and that part, kicking around a ball, or helping Thai children have a better command of the English language, even though I don’t speak a word of Thai, will probably only be a […]

The Scale of Maps by Belén Gopegui

John Yargo reviews The Scale of Maps by Belén Gopegui today in The Rumpus Books.

Trash Collector

We’ve all heard stories about fans who root through the trash of Hollywood celebrities. But what about those rare birds who root through the trash of famous authors? Herewith, Adrienne LaFrance relates the story of Paul Moran, a Salem, MA resident who picked through John Updike’s garbage. It’s probably a good time to read our […]

The Bizarre Day Jobs Of 20 Famous Authors

Everybody has to start somewhere, and everybody has to pay the rent. Long before the acclaim, here are the first jobs and day jobs of twenty of literature's most famous and distinguished figures. William S. Burroughs Exterminator Discharged...Show More Summary

"What If?" A Review of Randall Munroe's New Book

One night, years ago, when I was complaining (again) at dinner about having to spend so much time on the inter-tubes responding to trolls disputing the science of climate change, one of my sons wordlessly got up from the table, walked out of the room, and a couple of minutes later returned with a piece of paper with a cartoon on it. Show More Summary

Writing Without Rain

“We don’t yet know how to make it rain. But increasingly, we may be talking about what to do when the rain doesn’t come.” Anna North writes for The New York Times about literature in the age of drought.

Writer: The Game

Trying to get some writing done? Procrastinate with a game about trying to get some writing done without procrastinating.

“A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment”

Recommended Listening: “A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment,” a new podcast from Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter.

A Lust for Lists

“Why do we lust for lists?” Sandra M. Gilbert may not have an answer, but she does have a response to all those “100 Best American Novels” lists (and a list of her own). The Millions has a few lists too, of course – be sure to check out Janet Potter‘s “28 Books You Should […]

Moments of Being

In an essay for TriQuarterly Lia Purpura writes about Virginia Woolf‘s “moments of being” and their importance for contemporary writing. “Woolf’s particular flavor of modernism is rooted in the drive to gather, hold, and deepen moments, to make the shimmering moment of perception the base upon which “reality” rests. Her sensibility honors the fleeting, fragile […]

There, There by George Higgins

Heather Dobbins reviews George Higgins's There, There today in Rumpus Poetry.

This Week in Short Fiction

On Tuesday, Tony Earley released a new collection of stories, Mr. Tall. Two decades have passed since Earley’s debut collection, Here We Are in Paradise, and though he has released two novels and a memoir since that time, for short fiction addicts (and lovers of southern writing), the publication of a new book of stories is big news.

Eyes to See

“’These issues are constantly being brought to the surface in Roman literature, if you have eyes to see them,’ Beard said. ‘And, of course, having eyes to see them—that’s what the trick is.’” Rebecca Mead writes for the New Yorker about Mary Beard, the Cambridge classicist famous for her BBC programs on Roman life and for […]

Staff Picks: Wild Style roots, spoken-word poetry, and some creepy Cliff Martinez tunes

Charly Fasano and Lucero, Retrospect/ed Spoken-word poetry. You still with me? Because even if you have a raging aversion to wannabe Ginsbergs and Bukowskis spouting open-mic-spawned doggerel, there’s something special about Charly Fasano. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Review of Books

Your handy guide to the books that we reviewed at The Rumpus this week.

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