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The Rumpus Interview with Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his story collection Insurrections, father relationships, hip-hop, knowing when to abandon a project, and choosing not to workshop certain stories.

Cover Snark: That’s Quite the Beauty Regimen

It’s Cover Snark time! Just a note (which I’m sure will make some of you very happy): instead of running Cover Snark once a month, we’re upping it twice a month. Enjoy! From Reader C. Sarah: I don’t think that’s his hair. RHG: No he shaved Fabio’s head. Show More Summary

Book Review: Unlikable characters make for remarkable fiction in Homesick For Another World

“If he gave her an opportunity to reject him, he was sure she’d take it,” reasons Mr. Wu, the lonely title character of Ottessa Moshfegh’s story. He is in love with the woman who works at his neighborhood arcade. By way of courtship,...Show More Summary

Kevin Starr on history: 'You don't make up your world. You find it.'

The agricultural development of the Imperial Valley should be dry as dust, but in Kevin Starr’s hands, it was a riveting tale of politics and personalities, environment and ambition and commerce, echoing so many themes of California as a whole. I remember exactly where I was when I read it: in...


“Publishing is also an industry that selectively values a kind of swaggering authenticity that would never capitulate to demands for something so banal as being nice. But authenticity is too often a short hand for callous, aloof, or honest...Show More Summary

Newswire: Sales of Representative John Lewis’ March surge after Trump does Trump thing

On Friday, a story came out that Representative John Lewis would not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration—the first he’s missed in 30 years—because he doesn’t believe Trump is “a legitimate president.” Lewis says that Russia helped...Show More Summary

Reader's Notebook: Lie to Me: Fiction in the Post-Truth Era

Like reality-TV fans and some Donald J. Trump supporters, today’s novel readers may recognize the artifice before them but form a bond of “shared culpability.”


Margaret Wise Brown was nothing if not an interesting figure. The Goodnight Moon author, whose life is the subject of a new biography, loved hunting, partying and staging stunts, among them founding a club that claimed they could reschedule Christmas. Show More Summary

Contemporary & Erotic Romances with Mechanics, Prime Ministers, & More!

The Kindle Daily Deals today are David Sedaris books! They’re priced at $2.99 each!

10 Books to Put On Your Reading List This Month

The year is off to a great start with a slew of page-turners. From spine-tingling mysteries to uplifting true stories, these 10 books will keep you entertained. 1. Idaho, by Emily Ruskovich This beautiful, poetic, intricate book is so much more than a murder mystery. Ann and Wade are married and live happily on a…

Stuff You Should Be Knitting

It’s time for the winter edition of Stuff You Should be Knitting. Here in Wisconsin it’s miserably cold (like -25 with the wind chill), so I’m all about warm, bulky projects. The best part? All these patterns are free! Let’s start off with the Pussy Hat–a pattern that’s gone viral among the knitting community. Show More Summary

Movie Review: Hidden Figures

Oh, trust me, we weren’t gonna let this movie go by without telling you ALL ABOUT IT. This is based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly (as reviewed by Carrie here) about three Black women who helped shaped the space program: Katherine...Show More Summary

Lescroart's FATAL Is Good and Messy

Book Review - Jackie K Cooper FATAL by John Lescroart John Lescroart is primarily known as the author of the series of novels featuring Ditmas Hardy, a San Francisco attorney. Those books have proven to be highly popular and successful. Show More Summary

The New Monsters

Recommended Reading: Josephine Livingstone on the new book by Ottessa Moshfegh. The post The New Monsters appeared first on The Millions.

Yertle, The Commander-In-Chief

Dr. Seuss taught me to read. My older brother brought Seuss books home to me from the local public library because I was too young to have a library card of my own. The Cat in the Hat, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Horton Hears a Who!...Show More Summary


What did we read in the Obama era? Christian Lorentzen has some answers. Apart from individual books like The Flamethrowers and The Art of Fielding, he comes up with some genres that have dominated the past eight years, including autofiction, works of trauma and fables of meritocracy. Show More Summary

Guest Squee: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

This guest squee/review comes from author Rhoda Baxter, who discovered the Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency adaptation on Netflix. It stars the adorable Elijah Wood! Rhoda writes contemporary romantic comedies for Choc Lit Publishing. Show More Summary

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