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At Salon, James Patterson speaks with Erin Keane about his upcoming campaign to encourage reading, including “a television ad featuring a public book burning, and a request to President Obama that he pledge to make reading a national priority.”Related...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Suki Kim discusses her new memoir, Without You, There Is No Us, going undercover for research, growing up as an immigrant to the U.S., and spending six months trapped in North Korea.
From: The Rumpus | By: Julia Phillips | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Taxi app Uber is in some serious trouble. Since its launch, lawmakers and users have had plenty to complain about. Now the company faces charges of sexism, bullying, and even abusing its software to stalk a reporter.Four years ago, Uber launched a “car...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Joan Didion's "Goodbye to All That" has spawned a new literary genre: the personal screed about loving (or leaving) New York City.
From: The Rumpus | By: Jason Arthur | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Saturday 11/22: Kyle Erickson, Steven Leyva, Tafisha A. Edwards, and George Hackett join Huffington Post blogger Leslie Goshko for Kick Assonance, an evening of poetic works. KGB, 7 p.m., free.Molly Rose Quinn, Vanessa Gabb, Jesse Kohn, and Paige Taggart...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Kenji Liu reviews Eugenia Leigh's Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows today in Rumpus Poetry.
From: The Rumpus | By: Kenji Liu | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Singer-songwriter Guy Forsyth talks about his time with the much-storied Asylum Street Spankers, his David and Goliath-esque legal battle against his former record label, and his latest album, The Freedom to Fail.
From: The Rumpus | By: May Cobb | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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How does one write a mouse-washing scene? There aren’t a lot of examples in literature, and in any event I didn’t want my mouse-washing scene to be contaminated by the work of other fiction writers.For Electric Literature, Jeff Vandermeer explains...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, November 21, 2014
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In her speech at the National Book Awards on Wednesday, Ursula K. Le Guin shares her Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters with “all the writers who were excluded from literature for so long,” blasts the commercialization of literature...
From: The Rumpus | By: Claire Burgess | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Saturday 11/22: RoscoeBooks is the newest independent bookstore in the city, and its Grand Opening is today. Stop by and say hello, have some refreshments, and buy a book. 3 p.m. 2nd Story, a Chicago storytelling series, offers a free storytelling...
From: The Rumpus | By: Frank Tempone | Friday, November 21, 2014
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In The New Republic, Leon Wieselter explains how a line from Walt Whitman inspired the publication’s logo.Related Posts:Searching for Something Better than the Best AmericanThis Filthy StuffSelf-Help That’s No HelpTolstoy on FilmBeyond the Wishes...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, November 21, 2014
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You’re assuming that first of all you’ll finish the book, which is a big assumption, and then that somebody will publish it — even more optimistic — that somebody will read it — better still — and that they will like it — the very best...
From: The Rumpus | By: Claire Burgess | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Melissa Adamo reviews Andrea Bennett's Canoodlerstoday in Rumpus Poetry.
From: The Rumpus | By: Melissa Adamo | Friday, November 21, 2014
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The mismatch between quality and recognition in the world of translated fiction and nonfiction is surely more extreme than in any category of literature, and while this category has a growing number of great advocates, it deserves to have them at the...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Even now, writing in Manhattan, my heart beats faster recalling that initial meeting. Oddly enough, the first word that came to my mind was beauty.
From: The Rumpus | By: Suki Kim | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Cheryl Strayed and Gillian Flynn discuss ladies and likability in their writing:It never occurred to me, not once, that the book would be read as an inspirational tale. I really have no interest in likability when it comes to characters....
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Friday, November 21, 2014
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At the New Yorker, James Wood reviews Hermione Lee’s biography of Penelope Fitzgerald, an English writer who emerged on the scene at sixty-one:The story that Lee’s book tells (or tries to tell, because much evidence has been obscured or lost) is...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Smart was known, with his “disturbed mental state,” for his loud, feverish, constant praying, and you can read some of that catatonia in Jubilate, with its litany of “for”s and its incantatory quality. Over at the Paris Review, Dan Piepenbring...
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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On The Butter, Syed Ali Hader writes about his complicated relationship with pork:I thought I would be found out. It was in my hair, my nails, and sweating through my pores. Surely my parents could smell it on me....
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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I’m not supposed to be an NFL fan. I like writing, books, wine, condiments, ambient music, and US Presidents.
From: The Rumpus | By: J. Ryan Stradal | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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A standout record in Mark Kozelek’s long career is the critically-lauded 2014 release, Benji. The presence of everyday tragedies permeates the record and propels the keening voice of Kozelek, aka Sun Kil Moon. On “Micheline,” he offers us three...
From: The Rumpus | By: Max Gray | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Thursday 11/20: Mary Szybist, most recently the author of Incarnadine, reads from her poetry. Reed College, 6:30 p.m., free. Ooligan Press hosts a book launch party for Karelia Stez-Waters’s new book, Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before....
From: The Rumpus | By: Olivia Olivia | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Lydia Kiesling discovered Meghan Daum after reading the writer’s profile of Lena Dunham in a recent issue of the New York Times Magazine. As she chronicles in Salon, she didn’t stop there.Related Posts:This Week in Short FictionHonest to a FaultThe...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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I should say, rather than messed up, the novel reflected, in a distorted way the messed-up-ness of my life at that time.Rumpus contributor Nicholas Rombes is so fond of Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays that he suggested to Colin Winnette that he read...
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Ted McLoof reviews In the Course of Human Events by Mike Harvkey today in Rumpus Books.
From: The Rumpus | By: Ted McLoof | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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For the Guardian, Joshua Ferris pays tribute to his hero, Jim Shepard, who served as a visiting professor at the University of California, Irvine when he was an MFA student. “A lot of critics dislike the professionalisation of creative writing,”...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Related Posts:Mirror on the WallAll Over Coffee #294THE BINS: Food Critic THE BINS: CHORTLESTHE BINS: TOES...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lucas Adams | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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