Category Archives: The Rumpus Book Club

TRBC: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Like Daniel Orozco, Tayari Jones deserves respect for her willingness to take narrative risks. Her new novel, Silver Sparrow, follows the young lives of two sisters (Dana and Chaurisse), the bigamist father they share (James), and their respective mothers (Gwendolyn … Continue reading

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TRBC: Orientation and Other Stories by Daniel Orozco

I should read fiction only at night, before bed. I’ve found that reading mid-day, before meeting with a friend or answering to this or that responsibility, can take a small toll on my mental health. It is sometimes a challenge, … Continue reading

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Tao Lin, Richard Yates, & Me [UPDATE]

My essay about Tao Lin has been published on The Rumpus, and has received mostly positive comments (including one from Lin himself).

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Tao Lin, Richard Yates, & Me

“I feel bored of life” thought Haley Joel Osment. “Or wait. I don’t know. Never mind.” I didn’t enjoy reading Richard Yates all that much, but I like that Lin’s writing has sparked conversations about storytelling, questions about generational gaps between … Continue reading

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The Tao of Tao

I’m interested in Buddhist thinking, and wanted to write a book where the focus is only on concrete reality, on the direct and “pre-language” experience of concrete reality, in a context of “time passing.” An unmediated experience of reality seems … Continue reading

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Surf Guru Notes (Complete)

As seen on The Rumpus: Independence Night I started reading Doug Dorst’s story collection Sunday, July 4th, as fireworks, invisible from my bedroom’s window, broke the night’s silence. Sweating through a s’more-stained tee shirt, I read The Surf Guru’s first three … Continue reading

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Surf Guru Notes, #3

My final set of notes for The Surf Guru is up on The Rumpus.

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