The Rumpus founder has built a career telling stories about his difficult childhood. What happens when he grows up? AP Images Stephen Elliott is a man who can’t sit still. A member of the Dave Eggers literary cult, he’s the author of seven books over the past 14 years, including The Adderall Diaries and Happy Baby , the latter of which was named one of the best books of 2004 by Salon and the Village Voice . He has covered politics for the Huffington Post , followed bands for Spin magazine, and written erotica collections that appeared in Best American Sex Writing anthologies. Recently, he co-wrote and directed his first film, which stars James Franco, Heather Graham, and Slumdog Millionaire ‘s Dev Patel. It will be released in theaters in September by IFC Films. What’s new in arts and entertainment. See full coverage At the heart of Elliott’s brand is the story of a man coping with his childhood. In his fiction, he invents plots, characters, and conflicts to talk about the real trauma in his own life. On his website, TheRumpus.net—featuring short stories, book reviews, cartoons and sex columns—Elliott’s contributions are stylized diary entries that come in the form… Read full this story
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