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Jamie Dornan visited a dungeon to help him get into the starring role in 50 Shades of Grey.  Here’s what the open minded actor had to say about it:I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did… whatever they were into… I was like: ‘Come...
From: The Rumpus | By: Stephen Elliott | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Frederick Barthelme talks about his new novel, There Must Be Some Mistake, life after teaching, and why food from the Olive Garden is “execrable in the best possible way.”
From: The Rumpus | By: Carrie and Rusty Spell | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Dean Rader talks with Edward Hirsch about his new book Gabriel, the pain of losing a child, and the challenges of writing grief.
From: The Rumpus | By: Dean Rader | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Saturday 12/20: Adam Gopnik, Mike Albo, Jami Attenberg, Charles Bock, Alexander Chee, Scott Cheshire, Ashley Ford, Lev Grossman, Rahawa Haile, Jazmine Hughes, Leslie Jamison, Bennett Madison, Ayana Mathis, Eileen Myles, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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If power is going to shift toward equality, men have to see power less as an inherent right and more as something we can be incentivized to relinquish. There’s potential pleasure in stepping aside.
From: The Rumpus | By: Devin O'Neill | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The Telegraph looks at some of the recommendations from the Independent Library Report for England, which include the suggestion to offer the “usual amenities of coffee, sofas and toilets.”Related Posts:Gifts Continue Rolling in for Ferguson LibraryChanging...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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…while autobiography and memoir have gained ground as legitimate and canonical literary modes, the diary retains an association with inappropriate, overly personal, or pejoratively “private” discourse.At Huffington Post, Kylie Cardell examines...
From: The Rumpus | By: Claire Burgess | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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For ARTnews, Justin Taylor shares his thoughts on the reissue of William Gass’s On Being Blue:With William Gass, still alive and writing at 90, it’s a bit early to play canon games, or at least to play them fairly....
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Friday, December 19, 2014
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There’s still time to give the gift of The Rumpus this holiday season! And remember, we’re upgrading everyone from regular to priority shipping to make sure your gifts arrive on time!This year, we’ve put together some great bundles, perfect for...
From: The Rumpus | By: Stephen Elliott | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Not your average comic, Priya’s Shakti is a new graphic novel out of India created to combat gender-based violence and fight the patriarchy. The hero, Priya, is a rape survivor who empowers women with help from the Hindu goddess Parvati and a tiger....
From: The Rumpus | By: Claire Burgess | Friday, December 19, 2014
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About a month ago, I found Seven Nights in a moving box. I sat down on the basement floor, started reading, and got flung back to that amazing train ride from Chicago to Houston.
From: The Rumpus | By: John Mauk | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Judy Blume is back—at least for grown ups. Next summer, for the first time in 15 years, Judy Blume will release a novel aimed at adult readers. Melville House has the story.Related Posts:Melville House to Publish Torture ReportTurning to Baldwin During...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Friday 12/19: Bad Grammar Theater is back at Powell’s Bookstore University Village for another evening of readings from Chicago authors of horror, fantasy, pulp fiction, and sci-fi. 6 p.m.Monday 12/22: Women and Children First hosts award-winning...
From: The Rumpus | By: Frank Tempone | Friday, December 19, 2014
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For The New Republic, Ryan Kearney responds to those claiming that American tourism and investment will ruin Cuba’s romanticism:If you visit Cuba to puff cigars, get drunk on rum-and-cokes or mojitos, read Hemingway, and fetishize the country’s...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Friday, December 19, 2014
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If you have a story that you want to tell, but you’re afraid that someone in your life is going to feel wounded, whether that feeling is justified or not, fair or not, tell it anyway.For Rookie, author Emma Straub gives advice on turning real people...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Good news! Early reports show that book sales are up 4.9 percent in 2014. Who can we thank for this Christmas miracle? Adults who read e-book versions of YA novels, that’s who. Sales are up by a dramatic 53 percent in YA/Children’s e-books, while...
From: The Rumpus | By: Claire Burgess | Friday, December 19, 2014
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We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from Erica Ehrenberg! Erica writes to us about her connection with her grandmother, wondering how much she actually knows and how much is imagined, ultimately asking the question,...
From: The Rumpus | By: The Rumpus | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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My heart pounded and my breath choked in my windpipe. I had stumbled on an accidental mention of a totally unfamiliar race. Obviously non-Terrestrial. Yet, to the characters in the book, it was perfectly natural—which suggested they belonged to the...
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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For the New Yorker’s “Inner Worlds,” Colum McCann writes about his father’s writing shed, and Teju Cole shares his experience of watching (and rewatching) Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Red.”Related Posts:Rereading James Baldwin The Real CrisisWriters...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Merry Christmas babyYou sure do treat me niceSoul icon Otis Redding’s short career was remarkably prolific. The highlights from his electrifying catalog are varied and buoyant, even in an area of pop music that has traditionally suffered from corniness....
From: The Rumpus | By: Max Gray | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The idea of “good writing” is shaped by social forces—that are in turn shaped by economic and historical forces—and our own identity privileges and privileges as editors (if we are editors). Determining what is good or bad is an aesthetic choice...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Ryan Kauffman reviews Hemingway On a Bike by Eric Freeze today in Rumpus Books.
From: The Rumpus | By: Ryan Kauffman | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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We’re sending our next Letter For Kids from Patrick Jennings! Patrick sends us a visual letter of some of the title pages from his rough drafts, including Guinea Dog. You can get an inside look at how the books began, and then go to the library...
From: The Rumpus | By: The Rumpus | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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All of that is to say that because Tom Wolfe and because James Baldwin and Hunter S. Thompson and Michael Herr, but because Didion most of all, an American essay today without the sudden and revelatory personal aside is hardly an American essay at all....
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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For the Guardian, Roxane Gay sums up 2014 not so much as “public figures falling from grace… as we, the public, lowering our pedestals and staring our idols in the face.”Related Posts:The Rumpus Saturday Essay: StainBoston Marathon Roundup The...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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