“These poems remind me that the cost of productive instability, its necessary risk, is that such instability often occasions loss (and forgiveness).”

I am incredibly grateful for the keen insights of Brenda Sieczkowski’s expansive review of In the Marble of Your Animal Eyes (Publication Studio, 2013), a companion text in the truest sense. Her discussion of tracking the pitch of “clue-threads” that mark the book’s “projective geometry,” shines so many of the framing overlays I tried to keep myself in the dark about in order to keep moving as it considers the attempt to preserve animality, the suspension between upheavals and “polish” (“coats of varnish”), memorial, decay, and the desire for healing, etc. 

“I know a lot of people start writing early in the morning. I’ve tried it, and it’s not me. My mom always made me feel so lazy about sleeping in. I like to sleep late, and I’m so done feeling guilty about it.”
— Back in April, Dreamworks announced its plans to adapt Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell for the silver screen, with the author writing the script. A few months later, Rowell published a new book, Landline, that marked a return to adult fiction. At The RumpusAmanda Green sits down with the author to talk about YA, her productivity and the importance (or not) of getting up early to write. FYI, our own Janet Potter reviewed Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. (via millionsmillions)
Here’s today’s Daily GIF!


Before this mug I didn’t know The Rumpus or The Rumblr.

My best friend sent me this mug.  It took a battle, 4 months and €50 to free it from Portuguese customs, but it was totally worth it to be introduced to THIS BLOG, and when Hank chooses it for his hot chocolate mug after a rainy walk home from school.  He is learning to read English now so… Um… may have to sequester it to the top shelf, but who am I kidding. Best to leave it out. Fodder for another great convo in the end.  THANKS RUMPUS (and Kelly).  


Recommended Reading: Our own Elizabeth Minkel on Sherlock and fan fiction. You can also read another essay of hers on fan fiction here at The Millions.

“The thing is, each book is going to be a shift. If you start talking to a friend about your favorite albums by a band, you’re going to have different favorite albums. I try to keep that in mind. Every book I write can’t be someone’s favorite book. I can’t think of any author who wrote four books in a row that I loved all the same.”

Rainbow Rowell, in this case you are wrong. All of your books are my favorites. Whichever of your books I read most recently, that is my favorite Rainbow Rowell book.

(Quote from the Rumpus Interview with Rainbow Rowell)

““The communal voice is not intended to presume upon the memories and experiences of others,” reads the disclaimer on Cinderland’s copyright page, “but to reflect the shared nature of the event itself, as the author remembers it.” Thus begins Amy Jo Burns’ memoir. It is a harrowing sketch of growing up in the overwhelming agony and infrequent ecstasy of Mercury, Pennsylvania—the pseudonym for a small, rustbelt town, which Burns describes as “an Appalachian Miss Havisham, tattered and waiting for someone who would never show.” The monotony of Mercury’s decline is shattered, though, when seven girls accuse a middle school teacher—Mr. Lotte—of molesting them during piano lessons in his home.”
Every little kids draws, and then some people just stop drawing. You can see it in adults where at some point someone said to them, “You draw like a twelve-year-old,” and that’s when they stopped drawing. But some people continue, for some reason. And for me that was because whenever my aunt would come over she would always be like, “Oh, it’s time to draw,” and afterwards she would look at it and pay attention to the details, like, “Oh, there’s a mountain goat on top of the mountain!” When you get praise like that when you’re young, you like it and you say, “Oh, okay, I’m going to do more of that!” If eventually the mountain goat on top of the mountain wouldn’t get that response anymore, then maybe I’d say, “Okay, I’m putting an alien at the bottom.” She kept encouraging me to do new things.
Sound & Vision #8: David Barnes

There’s a new Henry James Tribute Album issue of Spolia available featuring cover art by the Rumblr’s own Jen May aka the illustrator of Madame Clairevoyant’s horoscopes. 


Now available: The Henry James Tribute Album. Contemporary writers chose a Henry James story to retell in their own way.

Table of contents:

After “The Private Life”
by Eimear McBride

Confessions of a Werewolf
by John Biguenet

The Great Good Place
by Rebecca Brown

The Altar of the Dead
by Gary Amdahl

Heroines at 40, Isabel: I Delight in a Moat
by Jeannine Hall Gailey

Washington Square
by Jessa Crispin

by Mia Gallagher

Art portfolio
photos by Chuck Kuan
Jessa Crispin, art designer

by David McConnell

The Lesson of the Master in Six Haiku
by Jenny McPhee

Queen of Spades (Excerpt)
by Michael Shou-Yung Shum

by Bill Ectric

Bishop Street, Without and Within
by Medbh McGuckian

Prince of the Maximum Home
by Kevin Frazier

The Theme of “Too Late”
by Patrick Dunagan

Only $5. Buy here.


Grad school.