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Complete strangers often ask me how I got my name. They think this is an acceptable question. But for me, for the longest time, it was like being asked to tell the origin story of a scar.
From: The Rumpus | By: Chance Lee | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Camille Dungy discusses why she selected Michael Bazzett's forthcoming You Must Remember This for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club.
From: The Rumpus | By: Camille T. Dungy | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Saturday 10/25: Natalie Harnett, Anthony Breznican, Helen Wan, and Nicole Kear are the latest Sackett Street Writers. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.Erica Lewis, Betsy Andrews, Claire Caldwell, and A. H. Jerriod Avant read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m.,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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“And I think you’d like this,” he said, bringing out a book for me. “My mother wrote it." I thought: Oh, shit.
From: The Rumpus | By: Richard Kramer | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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From: The Rumpus | By: Grant Snider | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Historically, the genre has involved lots of religious tracts, some erotica, and various improving volumes. But cat literature forms a not-inconsiderable part of the canon.The Paris Review delves into the feline-filled world of miniature books.Related...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Saturday, October 25, 2014
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For The Millions, Jonathan Russell Clark draws quotes from a number of writing books—among them, Stephen King’s On Writing and Jane Smiley’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Novel—and creates a symposium on the art of dialogue.Related Posts:The Art of...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Friday, October 24, 2014
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In September, we mentioned Dan Piepenbring’s essay on the artfulness of the Paris Review’s junk mail. Head to 3:AM Magazine for some more randomly-generated poetry, Michael Naghten Shanks’s Selected Spam Haikus, like this one:pull wealth out...
From: The Rumpus | By: Casey Dayan | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Nothing much more needs to be said: At the Atlantic, “the author of White Noise reviews Taylor Swift’s white noise.”Related Posts:Examining the OrdinaryBright Lights, Big City and “The Shattering of the Self”What’s the Difference Between...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Friday, October 24, 2014
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On the same night that Mary Shelley released Frankenstein’s monster, John Polidori, Lord Byron’s personal physician, wrote “The Vampyre,” the first fully realized English vampire story. The Public Domain Review takes a look at how Byron served...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Friday 10/24: David Bell is at The Book Cellar to promote his novel The Forgotten Girl. 7 p.m.Saturday 10/25: The Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off today in celebration of its 25th anniversary. These are some of the best literary events you’ll...
From: The Rumpus | By: Frank Tempone | Friday, October 24, 2014
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I’ve always been writing about the same thing: that truth and stories are inextricably linked, that stories are truer than fact because they are fact organized into meaning. If we don’t tell our stories, if we don’t remember, and if we don’t...
From: The Rumpus | By: Casey Dayan | Friday, October 24, 2014
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At Salon, Emily Gould responds to Matt Yglesias’s Vox piece on Amazon, emphasizing his weakest point (“Amazon faces lots of competition”), while also acknowledging that his criticism of the publishing industry isn’t entirely off-base.Related...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Friday, October 24, 2014
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The owner of another fabulous volume, the Book of St Albans – a gentleman’s guide to heraldry, hawking and hunting that, in the 1480s, was the first colour printed book in English – did worse and with much less shame: he added a little drawing...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, October 24, 2014
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Nayomi Munaweera discusses Sri Lanka, its brutal Civil War, and writing a novel about two artists with their identities wrapped up in two different countries, Sri Lanka and America.
From: The Rumpus | By: Soniah Kamal | Friday, October 24, 2014
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It is pretty great.Yes. It’s impossible to achieve things like justice if you don’t have enough compassionate imagination for any other human being to understand that they deserve justice. That shorthand justice is not the thing at all. You know,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Friday, October 24, 2014
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For The Baffler, Kurt Newman analyzes Tom DeMarco’s 1997 novel, The Deadline: A Novel of Project Management, comparing the work to that of the Marquis de Sade and explaining why a seemingly irrelevant book highlights “our economic order’s sadomasochistic...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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YA author Kathleen Hale became obsessed over a negative Goodreads review of her first novel, to the point of finding the reviewer’s address and deciding to stalk her in real life. She wrote about the experience on the Guardian last week, and now BuzzFeed...
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A documentary about Joan Didion is in the works! Didion’s nephew, Griffin Dunne, and documentarian Susanne Rostock are setting out to tell her story through accounts from family and friends, colleagues and critics, and passages of Didion’s writing...
From: The Rumpus | By: Claire Burgess | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Sara Benincasa has some inspiring words over at Medium:You must tell people exactly what you want from them if you have any hope that they will give it to you. I asked people to review my book (well, my publisher asked them to review my book) in the...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Process Comics is a convergence of visual translations of Spanish poetry and personal essay.
From: The Rumpus | By: Heather Simon | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Perfume Genius is the stage moniker of Seattle-based artist Mike Hadreas, whose buzz-worthy new album reeks of deliberate, inspired songwriting and technical ability. Hadreas showcases his impressive vocal range on this beautiful track from the record, Too...
From: The Rumpus | By: Max Gray | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Thursday 10/23: The Late Night Library reading series welcomes Leslie Jamison and her musical guest Timmy Straw. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.David Kukoff reads from his latest book, Children of the Canyon. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30...
From: The Rumpus | By: Olivia Olivia | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Coupled with anecdotes, Bob Eckstein has drawings of New York City bookstores (those that are “thriving,” or “shuttering,” or “just happy memories”) up at the New Yorker. Related Posts:Rumpus Round-Up: The Fight to Unionize a Bookstore“The...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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At The Millions, Brooke Hauser compares Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl with Helen Gurley Brown’s seminal Sex and the Single Girl and finds, distressingly, that not much has changed when it comes to the critical reception of women writing about...
From: The Rumpus | By: Claire Burgess | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Kata Genç reviews The Children Act by Ian McEwan today in Rumpus Books.
From: The Rumpus | By: Kaya Genc | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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My teacher’s point was, “Don’t write about race. It’s not worth it. It’s the third rail.”Over at Guernica, Grace Bello interviews Jess Row about his new book, Your Face In Mine, writing about race as a white man, identity, and switching...
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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From: The Rumpus | By: Lucas Adams | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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