I grew up in Santa Monica with my sisters and it was a great place. Books, reading and anything else that comes to mind...with an Australian focus, What i would like to read if i were a writer. I must have been in 2nd grade when I read Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, it’s a sci-fi book. I did this anthology on humour and one of the things was that I tried to find Martin Luther King funny, and I couldn’t even though many said he was funny. Can we start the conversation with you telling us a little about your growing up years? You learn by talking sometimes. Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his new story collection, THE WORLD DOESN’T REQUIRE YOU. Musings from an avid reader who never has enough time to read. It does not necessarily give me a high but it does, at times, give me pleasure especially if I conquer something I didn’t think I could do, or if I was struggling with something and I manage surpassing it. And thank the good lord for that. I often laugh when I am not supposed to be laughing. I know there is an end but I don’t give a deadline for the end. In conversation with the author whose book, Prelude to a Riot, has been shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature 2020. At The Rumpus, we know how easy it is to find pop culture on the Internet, so we’re here to give you something more challenging, to show you how beautiful things are when you step off the beaten path. He works at his own pace and is unburdened by any kind of literary pressure and/or rat race. Lastly, The Sellout was rejected about 18 times and today it’s a Man Booker Prize winner and one of the most celebrated books—why do you think the initial rounds saw rejection? Let that do the work. 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Jackson, New York City, notable new york, Notable NYC, Paul Beatty. The Sellout, for him, was a hard book to write and yet it had to be done. On Writing Do you see life like that? reading series. Let the platform newsletter keep you up-to-date with all things art, fashion, lifestyle, design, film and music. Ask them to trust you with the truth. But it’s nice to see the kids so energetic, so smart and so willing to learn. I think part of it was when I wrote a poem in class and there was a girl called Mary Green who sat next to me—she picked out this word—it was a terrible word. Molasses Books, 8 p.m., free. Poetry, Short Stories, Writing, Fiction, Blogging. I am a very hard person to get to know. Elissa Schappell and Lynne Tillman celebrate International Women’s Day. It kind of inspired me, as there was a little twist in it that I wanted to do in my book. On the iconic comic author’s birthday, we revisit some of his more memorable works. There was not one particular thing that drove you to write The Sellout, so how did the story and your writing flow? All these things that most people deal with sooner or later. The Rumpus is a place where people come to be themselves through their writing, to tell their stories or speak their minds in the most artful and authentic way they know how. It is very conscious. WORD Brooklyn, 2 p.m., free. I have learnt so much from them. Tags: Aditi Machado, Aggie Falk-Hirschman, Alejandro Murgia, Ashton Applewhite, Bahaar Ahsan, Bay Area, brontez purnell, Dean Rader, Devorah Major, Esmé Weijun Wang, Ginny Lim, Helen Oyeyemi, Jack Hirschman, Jacob Tobia, Janice Mirikatani, Keenan Norris, Kim Shuck, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Leena Joshi, Linda Noel, Lydia Kiesling, Mark Doten, Matthew O. Jackson, Mesha Maren, Notable San Francisco, Notable SF, Paul Beatty, Richard Chiem, Salvatore Scibona, San Francisco, Sarah Rose Etter, Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, Sophia Shalmiyev, Stephen D. Gutierrez, Susan Hayden, Tim Fitts, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Tracy Winn, William Armaline, Jon Day discusses his memoir, Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier, the bicycle as a symbol of gentrification, and the city as “a technology for living.”, Tags: academia, Alice Roche Cody, Amy Liptrot, apollo, bicycle, bicycling, bike, bikes, biking, britain, capitalism, China, Clarion movement, courier, cycling, Cyclogeography, Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier, essay, fatherhood, Financial Times, freelancing, G.K. Chesterton, Izaak Walton, jon day, London, los angeles, memoir, New York City, nonfiction, Nottingham Hill, Olivia Laing, Paul Beatty, Paul Fournel, Robert Macfarlane, running, socialism, taxi cabs, taxi drivers, Telegraph, The Compleat Angler, The Junket, the knowledge, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, Thoreau, Uber. My closest friend came from that neighbourhood and the entire area really influenced me. Paul Beatty’s formally experimental, informally humanely scathing novel about race, The Sellout, has just won the Man Booker Prize. And then there is another reaction, where you read it and you just don’t know what to do with it— is it the fear, you don’t want to be associated with it, you want to read it in the dark. Paul Beatty. Or it pulls you in but you don’t connect with it. We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love.

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