Arts & Culture

The Big Jewcy: Stephen Elliott. Writer/Founder of The Rumpus

I think every writer goes through a period of serious self-doubt where they suffer from a total lack of inspiration.  I know I did, and at times, still do.  A few years back, I was going through a serious funk; … Read More

By / June 9, 2010

I think every writer goes through a period of serious self-doubt where they suffer from a total lack of inspiration.  I know I did, and at times, still do.  A few years back, I was going through a serious funk; I didn’t like anything I was reading, and everything I wrote found it’s way into the garbage.  I found myself wandering the aisles of bookstores looking for something to grab my attention. One day, walking through The Strand, I stumbled upon the 2007 edition of "Best American Non-Required Reading."  Opening it up, I came upon Stephen Elliott’s essay, "Where I Slept."  I read it, and read it again.  Then for good measure, I read it again.  Never in my life had I felt such a personal connection to an essay, and such an admiration for a writer so instantly.  Elliott’s piece resonated with me for days, and at the risk of sounding like a complete cheesebag, it inspired me to really want to write again. A few years later, my admiration for the guy grew when I was introduced to the site he had launched, The Rumpus.  I also read his latest book, The Adderall Diaries, as well as his New York Times piece on the D.I.Y. tour to promote the it. 

For all of this, Mr. Elliott is a writer I have the deepest admiration for.