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Lee Matalone reviews A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin today in Rumpus Books.
From: The Rumpus | By: Lee Matalone | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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British designer Jez Burrows was looking up a word in the New Oxford American Dictionary and was struck by how literary the example sentences for word definitions were. So he created a new Tumblr called Dictionary Stories, where he posts very short stories...
From: The Rumpus | By: Katie O'Brien | Friday, August 28, 2015
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Newspapers might be threatened by e-readers, technology may have supplanted books, and recipes can be found online in abundance. But scripts? Scripts are necessary. Scripts are tangible. They bow before no millennial’s avowedly shortened attention...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, August 28, 2015
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This week’s close is seeing releases from Beach House (Sub Pop), Destroyer (Merge), Yo La Tengo (Matador), The Weeknd (Republic), Cold Showers (Dais), Andra Day (Warner), and Tamaryn (Mexican Summer)....
From: The Rumpus | By: Liz Wood | Friday, August 28, 2015
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But perhaps we were like people everywhere, trying to find some meaning in our existence, and an outside threat gave us both meaning and existence.
From: The Rumpus | By: Paul Crenshaw | Friday, August 28, 2015
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The Kenyon Review. Mundo Nuevo. The Paris Review.Check out whether you’ve been unknowingly colluding with secret agents whilst reading your favorite lit mags. Patrick Iber writes, “The CIA became a major player in intellectual life during the Cold...
From: The Rumpus | By: Charley Locke | Friday, August 28, 2015
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At the New Yorker, Garth Greenwell looks at the vivid sex scenes of Lidia Yuknavitch:Yuknavitch’s sex scenes are remarkable among current American novelists, not just for their explicitness but for the way she uses them to pursue questions of agency,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, August 28, 2015
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Friday 8/28: Theater Oobleck performs There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, a comedy conveyed via two lectures on the poetry of William Blake. Purchase tickets here for the one-night benefit engagement at the Neo-Futurarium. 7 p.m.Curbside Splendor editor-in-chief...
From: The Rumpus | By: Rachel Natale | Friday, August 28, 2015
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Grab some treats, mark your territory, and settle in with one of these reads to celebrate your favorite canine friends. The Rumpus picks? Argos, Fidel, and Junior.Related Posts:Think You’re Escaping and Run Into YourselfThe Feeling of FinishedRumpus...
From: The Rumpus | By: Charley Locke | Friday, August 28, 2015
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At Slate, Jacob Brogan responds to the Duke freshman who has made the headlines for speaking out on his refusal to read Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home, on the grounds that it is “pornographic”:Sex becomes pornographic when we detach it...
From: The Rumpus | By: Katie O'Brien | Friday, August 28, 2015
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You could visit India and never hear the name Rabindranath Tagore. In fact, if you don’t live in India, you may well have never known Rabindranath Tagore existed. But this was not always the case: recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, August 28, 2015
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Ottessa Moshfegh discusses her first full-length novel, ,Eileen, betrayal, self-aware narrators, and the catalytic properties of friendship.
From: The Rumpus | By: Noelani Piters | Friday, August 28, 2015
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Aimed towards parents desperate to get their children to sleep, a book that claims to induce “gentle hypnosis” is topping the charts at Amazon. Written by a Swedish psychologist, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep encourages children to yawn along...
From: The Rumpus | By: Victor Luo | Friday, August 28, 2015
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If you’re not making enough money, or if you’re stuck in a dead-end job that you’re overqualified for, it’s because you just aren’t hustling hard enough. It most certainly is not because there aren’t enough jobs, or the minimum wage isn’t...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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The Bechdel Test has a new name: the Bechdel-Wallace Test. Cartoonist Alison Bechdel popularized the test for assessing films on their portrayal of women. To pass, a film must contain a scene with two female characters talking to each about a subject...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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No supergroup rumors here (sadly), but both delivered performances this week that you may have missed. First, Grace Jones killed it at the Afropunk festival, topless, in full body paint, and wielding a hula hoop through the entirety of “Slave to the...
From: The Rumpus | By: Liz Wood | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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At Longreads, Elissa Strauss analyzes the economics and frustrations that come with giving low-income children a summer.Related Posts:Word of the Day: FrigiferousThe Saturday Rumpus Essay: Waiting for the Tape to RewindThe Rumpus Interview with Megan...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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In Chuj-Napoca, Romania’s second-most populous city, an initiative passed to offer book-reading passengers free bus fare during a week in June. The initiative was started by a local citizen’s suggestion on Facebook in the hopes of encouraging reading...
From: The Rumpus | By: Victor Luo | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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“Pretend” is the first from a series of mini-comics about children being better adults than adults.
From: The Rumpus | By: TJ Murray | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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The duo of Lizzie Karr and Ben Wiley are one of the more compelling electronic music groups to come out of the Bay Area since Bassnectar. Though their previous single, “Colours,” was like a prism of anthemic pop, their newest track is darker and...
From: The Rumpus | By: Max Gray | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Thursday 8/27: Christopher Moore reads from his latest novel, Secondhand Souls. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.Jennifer Pashley reads from her latest dark and compelling novel, The Scamp. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free....
From: The Rumpus | By: Olivia Olivia | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Publisher’s Weekly has a detailed breakdown of the AWP debacle that has consumed writerly conversations this past week.Related Posts:Sneaking into Book Clubs in High-End NeighborhoodsFive Easy PiecesUnimaginable SituationsAgainst AllegoryThis Week...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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In what can aptly be described as a preemptive strike against online retailers like Amazon, major Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya bought up to 90% of the first print run of Haruki Murakami’s latest book of essays, Novelist as a Vocation....
From: The Rumpus | By: Victor Luo | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Feminist activists have become the targets of attacks in Mexico. At least 36 women’s rights activists have been killed in the last five years. Marie Claire points to a recent incident where activist Nadia Vera and women convening in her flat were brutally...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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    Related Posts:Fresh Comics #4: Making Babies!All Over Coffee: The Monkey InsideTHE BINS: GoonsAll Over Coffee, The Eviction Series, #7THE BINS: Fairy Godrat...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lucas Adams | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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3D printed fish are here to save the day (the future is so weird).Take a moment to appreciate the ampersand.All of us are liars.Welcome back fuzzy nautilus!Stephen Hawking has some new things to tell you about black holes....
From: The Rumpus | By: Dan Weiss | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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I had enjoyed the song "Black Rainbow" from their upcoming LP, Heaven, so much that I’d actually thought, “Hey, this would be a great song to have a migraine to.”
From: The Rumpus | By: Abby Higgs | Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Over at BOMB Magazine, the brilliant Laura van den Berg has an illuminating conversation with the talented Stephanie Barber, artist-in-residence in the MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Stephanie says:Time — and how to organize...
From: The Rumpus | By: Stephanie Bento | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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After the Guardian released a list of the 100 best books written in English, readers and writers railed against it for being too male and too white.The newspaper is listening to its readers and asking for more diverse suggestions to augment the list. ...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kelly Lynn Thomas | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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In a plan to boost literacy rates, Scotland is testing a program to give all children automatic library memberships. The pilot program gives library cards out upon birth, reports BBC.Related Posts:Shelters for Families, and BooksBicycle Libraries Serve...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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As music festivals pile up in the memory of North American summers, the environmental toll of all those plastic water bottles and plastic beer glasses and paper plates covered in chili cheese fry smear unavoidably piles up as well. Some festivals are...
From: The Rumpus | By: Liz Wood | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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And I just thought, “I have to teach myself how to write in a new way.” … I just wanted so badly to figure this out, to figure out how to write.As part of the Paris Review’s “My First Time” series, the lovely and ingenious Sheila Heti reflects...
From: The Rumpus | By: Stephanie Bento | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Are writers really introverts, or do we hide our craft out of insecurity?
From: The Rumpus | By: Gabriela Denise Frank | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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At Lit Hub, editor and author Jill Bialosky examines the ways in which writing and editing work themselves out in her mind. She writes in the early morning, before tackling anything else, and then goes to work critiquing the work of other authors:What...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kelly Lynn Thomas | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Wednesday 8/26: Did you think Petaluma was nothing but cheese and agriculture? Well, they Get Lit in Petaluma, too! I mean, of course, that this rural haven in North Marin is the home of the Get Lit reading series, tonight featuring Deneene Bell, Shirin...
From: The Rumpus | By: Charles Kruger | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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I’m not interested in poems that simply narrate or enact a performance of a life while the reader watches. It’s important that the work feel distilled and transformed. Poems that are elliptical or take a sidelong approach are more compelling, and...
From: The Rumpus | By: Stephanie Bento | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Kingsley Amis all but disappeared from the American literary consciousness after his death. Many of his novels were not even available stateside after their initial publication, although a new line of reprints is changing that. However, The New Republic...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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The Federal Bureau of Prisons regulations, as investigated by The Atlantic, state their right to prohibit any publications found “to be detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution or if it might facilitate criminal activity.”Chelsea...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kelly Lynn Thomas | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Click image to enlarge:Related Posts:Maakies: BucketMaakies: HitlerMaakies: California BBQMaakies: How to Draw a UnicornMaakies: Silverfish...
From: The Rumpus | By: Tony Millionaire | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Aliza Licht, former SVP of Communications for Donna Karan International, talks about her debut career guide, what she wishes she knew when she was starting out, and how to build an audience on Twitter.
From: The Rumpus | By: Kelly Lynn Thomas | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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