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A collection of short pieces written by Rumpus readers pertaining to the subject of “Haunted.”
From: The Rumpus | By: Susan Clements | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Pamela Munro on reviving a language no one speaks:It’s hard to find information on Tongva. There are no audio recordings of people speaking the language, just a few scratchy wax cylinder recordings of Tongva songs. There are additional word lists from...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Don't rely on public schools or Internetting to teach your kids about the birds and the bacilli—talk to your kids about endodyogeny today.
From: The Rumpus | By: Elissa Bassist | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Friday 10/31: Caitlin Doughty, host of the video series Ask a Mortician, is at the Packer Gallery in promotion of her memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory. 6:30 p.m.Scott Kenemore is at City Lit Books to read from his...
From: The Rumpus | By: Frank Tempone | Friday, October 31, 2014
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At The Boston Globe, Alex Beam explains the distinction between a real book and a “book.”Related Posts:Cover Art Marginalizes Female AuthorsA Portrait of the Bombers as Young MenIn the Fox’s DenGlenn Beck, Novelist?More Holiday Excitement...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has added a new test to their admissions process. Prospective students are more likely to be admitted to the school if they prove that they are “confident” that they can “control” their own fates:Students...
From: The Rumpus | By: Casey Dayan | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Books have been written or arranged in chapters for over two millennia now, although that fact has never received the attention it deserves from historians of the written word. Perhaps the sheer longevity of the concept has rendered it invisible.The...
From: The Rumpus | By: Phillip Garcia | Friday, October 31, 2014
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The narrative of the encounter between James Joyce and Marcel Proust gets another tile added to its mosaic. Over at the London Review of Books blog, Ben Jackson reports on the legendary meeting as told by Vladimir Nabokov to his wife Vera....
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Friday, October 31, 2014
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At the Paris Review, Dwyer Murphy interviews David Gordon about transitioning from writing novels to stories, his time working for Hustler, and how he blends literary and genre fiction in his work:I think that horror and sci-fi in particular are great...
From: The Rumpus | By: Claire Burgess | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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At The New Republic, Elliot Ackerman discusses Elizabeth’s Samet’s new book, No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America, “an expertly rendered meditation on a decade of war through the lens of the literature she teaches.”Related...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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My mother stood before me in her quilted bathrobe, dark hair held back in a ponytail, her eyes sunken, grey. I felt like the narrator of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, who, startled out of sleep, opens his eyes to behold the monster reaching out to him:...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lyz Lenz | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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At The Hairpin, Caitlin Doughty, mortician and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory, talks about death positivity, women in the funeral business, zombies, and why she thinks the recent move toward alternative burial...
From: The Rumpus | By: Claire Burgess | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Boris Fishman discusses his debut novel, A Replacement Life, Russia, the “immigrant novel,” Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons, and Vladimir Putin.
From: The Rumpus | By: David Breithaupt | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Some artists demand our respect right away, and others earn it over time. Justin Timberlake made a big splash as a cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club in the early 90s, and an even bigger one as a member of the wildly successful boy band, NSYNC....
From: The Rumpus | By: Max Gray | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Thursday 10/30: Join contributors to Winged: New Writing on Bees for a book launch celebration. Readings by Michele Glazer, Adrienne Flagg, Annette Fisch, Kate Gray, Jennifer Moore, Leni Zumas, Lois Leveen, Paulann Petersen, George Venn, Marina Callahan,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Olivia Olivia | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Invoking his new play, Buzz, Benjamin Kunkel writes in the New Yorker about how “few imaginative writers have dealt with the present-day experience of global warming in a direct and concentrated way” and why this might be the case:If climate change...
From: The Rumpus | By: Alex Norcia | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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“For a certain sort of person, sharing a book can be as intimate and exhilarating as sharing a kiss,” writes Helen Rosner in her moving essay about books, love and relationships over at BuzzFeed Books.Related Posts:Love Love LoveDEAR SUGAR, The Rumpus...
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Marie Myung-Ok Lee reviews Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle today in Rumpus Books.
From: The Rumpus | By: Marie Myung-Ok Lee | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Related Posts:My Favorite ThingsTHE BINS: EYEBam! Pow! Laureate!THE BINS: The FutureTHE BINS: GOO...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lucas Adams | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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In episode 21 of The Rumpus’s Make/Work podcast, host Scott Pinkmountain speaks with violinist Mona Tian about her lost childhood, and how she eventually had to discover her own reasons and motivations to continue playing music as an adult.
From: The Rumpus | By: Scott Pinkmountain | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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At Co.EXIST, Jessica Leber pits the algorithms of digital giants Amazon and Goodreads against the ultimate recommendation engine: librarians. Leber details her experience with the Brooklyn Public Library’s BookMatch program, in which real librarians...
From: The Rumpus | By: Dinah Fay | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A century ago, Princeton University was a premiere football school. As a freshman, F. Scott Fitzgerald was cut from the team after just one day. But that didn’t stop him from calling the famed football coach Fritz Crisler in the middle of the night...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The YA battle rages on at Flavorwire, where Sarah Seltzer responds to Rebecca Mead’s New Yorker essay pondering the effects of supposedly lowbrow children’s lit:We have to interrogate our basic assumption that writing skills possessed by educated...
From: The Rumpus | By: Roxie Pell | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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(n.); the utterance of articulate sounds by a ghost or a spirit“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more...
From: The Rumpus | By: Sara Menuck | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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I love it when there are sports images in collages, especially older photos. There's a reason why throwback uniforms are so popular.
From: The Rumpus | By: Kevin Sampsell | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Writing for the NYR Blog, Edward Mendelson gets deep into philosophy to address a true writer’s question: Is Microsoft Word the best tool for composing text? Borrowing ideas from Plato, Auden, and the programming concept of a “kludge,” Mendelson...
From: The Rumpus | By: Dinah Fay | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Wednesday 10/29: Ari Larissa Heinrich is in town from San Diego to speak with Scott Esposito about the work of Qiu Miaojin, whose Last Words from Montmartre Heinrich has just translated from the Chinese (Free, 7 p.m., City Lights).The Center for...
From: The Rumpus | By: Evan Karp | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Over at BOMB, Claudia Rankine takes a look at the way we use our words:Tone is an everyday kind of maneuver. It disrupts and communicates aggression, disgust, dis- respect, and humor, among a myriad of possibilities, thereby allowing language to morph...
From: The Rumpus | By: Bryan Washington | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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As if upending the publishing industry with its ongoing battle with Hachette wasn’t enough, now Amazon wants to cut out publishers entirely. Amazon is launching a new program called Kindle Scout, a system where customers will read excerpts and vote...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Kent Shaw reviews Patricia Lockwood's Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals today in Rumpus Poetry.
From: The Rumpus | By: Kent Shaw | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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For the burgeoning field of Critical Bibliography, “the study of the physical characteristics of books and the process of bookmaking,” Rare Book School is the highlight of the year. The Paris Review’s Benjamin Breen reports from the annual conference...
From: The Rumpus | By: Dinah Fay | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Click image to enlarge:Related Posts:Maakies: Tex MexMaakies: Drunken LoveMaakies: Carol LayMaakies: Moby DookMaakies: Anarchism...
From: The Rumpus | By: Tony Millionaire | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Alysia Abbott discusses craft and love in her new memoir, Fairyland, set in the ’70s and ’80s during the AIDS crisis in San Francisco.
From: The Rumpus | By: Jody Smiling | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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[Lowry] spent a decade working on In Ballast to the White Sea, but the draft was lost when his shack near Vancouver in Canada burned down in 1944. However, it has transpired that Lowry had given an early copy to his first wife’s mother....
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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For The Millions, Nathan Scott McNamara tracks John Barth and John Updike’s friendship through a series of letters written over the authors’ celebrated careers. While early letters show a relationship of admiration and respect, differences in philosophy...
From: The Rumpus | By: Jake Slovis | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly forum for discussing the tradition and future of text/image work. Open to the public, it meets Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m. EST in New York City. Presentations vary weekly and include everything...
From: The Rumpus | By: The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Jane Austen has been blowing up these days, with hundreds of fan-fictional responses to Pride and Prejudice gracing the dusty corners of bookstores and the Internet. Over at Flavorwire, Sarah Seltzer wonders why we’re still so eager to return to Pemberley:Because...
From: The Rumpus | By: Roxie Pell | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Viv Groskop interviews author Azar Nafisi about her book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which chronicles her experience teaching controversial works in Tehran. Nafisi also discusses her motivation to write her most recent book, The Republic of Imagination, which...
From: The Rumpus | By: Jake Slovis | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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