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January 28, 2017

Sticks and Stones 0

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As a child, Xiaolu Guo hunted birds and toads to survive. Now, as a writer in Britain, she’s written a memoir about her difficult childhood, which you can read more about in this review in The New Statesman. Sample quote: “Perhaps it is no coincidence that the reason that Guo gives for deciding to write in English is to be […]

January 28, 2017

Stark 0

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Recommended Reading: A series of short pieces by Rumpus readers on the subject of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

January 27, 2017

Why the National Magazine Awards Quietly Dropped Its Fiction Category 0

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Short stories aren’t clickbait. They don’t make much noise or much money. And yet the best of them long outlast the paper on which they were first printed.

January 27, 2017

Paper Laurels: On a More Diverse ‘Best American Short Stories’ 16

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The New Yorker’s loosened grip on the Best American series offers the potential for up-and-coming writers and writers of color, and for less-commercially viable fiction, to be seriously considered for the anthology.

January 26, 2017

A Going and a Return: On Becoming a Mother and ‘The Power of Myth’ 1

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The word midwife means “with women.” And, in the hours after giving birth to Thea, I felt profoundly grateful for the women — and they were all women — who’d been with me throughout the pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

January 26, 2017

Across the Boundaries: A Conversation with Sonya Chung and Rion Amilcar Scott 0

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Ordinary people don’t go out looking for mythical drug dealers after mistaken identity encounters; that’s an insane thing to do and I don’t recommend it.

January 25, 2017

Fertile Ground: On Anne Raeff’s ‘The Jungle Around Us’ and Claire Louise Bennett’s ‘Pond’ 2

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To be a woman is to arrive at a wilderness with a destination in mind but no map, the sprawling vagueness before you both a challenge and a threat. When there are so many ways to be, and so many pitfalls to encounter, women learn the topography by stumbling over it, step by step, the foibles as necessary and inevitable as the ascent.

January 25, 2017

How Should We Grade Creative Writing? 13

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We should give creative writing — this weird, beautiful art that has the power to stir souls — the academic respect it deserves. We owe it to our students.

January 24, 2017

Distilling Narratives into Images: Iké Udé’s Nollywood Portraits 0

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In talking about Nollywood, emphasis is often placed on the density and quality of cinematic output. But I will posit that the industry itself mimics the rooted tradition of the land (or lands) that now make up Nigeria.

January 24, 2017

Full of Carp 0

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Midwestern investors hope the production of domestically-farmed Asian carp can give rise to “the future Zappos of fish processing,” but such optimists would be wise to safeguard their aquatic livestock against would-be carp thieves.