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Allyson McCabe talks with Alice Bag, one of LA punk’s first frontwomen in the mid-70s who has performed in groundbreaking bands like Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres, and who has just released her self-titled debut solo album.
From: The Rumpus | By: Allyson McCabe | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Chelsey Clammer reviews Problems by Jade Sharma today in Rumpus Books.
From: The Rumpus | By: Chelsey Clammer | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Our house, we believed, was a microcosm of that country. Every month, we’d gather at the kitchen table for our house meeting, where we, like politicians, unveiled our big plans for change.
From: The Rumpus | By: Swan Huntley | Monday, June 27, 2016
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Robert Morgan Fisher reviews Hystopia by David Means today in Rumpus Books.
From: The Rumpus | By: Robert Morgan Fisher | Monday, June 27, 2016
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John Reed discusses Snowball’s Chance, his parody of Animal Farm, and the lawsuits, debates, and discoveries that followed the book's publication.
From: The Rumpus | By: Brett Rawson | Monday, June 27, 2016
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July is almost upon us, and it’s time for an update on our Book Club and Poetry Book Club. There are no other book clubs that offers what ours do: books before they’ve been released to the public, a vibrant online community to discuss them with,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Brian Spears | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Summer works like this. Every day small moments cycle like waves within tides, eroding our opportunities on a geological scale invisible from our point of immersion.
From: The Rumpus | By: Christopher Benz | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Over at the Paris Review Daily, Wei Tchou explores writers’ presentation of their emotions via social media, and what that means for how their work is judged. Tchou concludes:Overblown emotional posturing will go on, despite the occasional backlash,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Stephanie Bento | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Wednesday 6/29: Indy Press Night at City Lights Books will celebrate the release of two new novels from lg press: Metaphysical Ukulele by Sean Carswell and Missile Paradise by Ron Tanner. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights.Radio Station KPFA presents Pulitzer...
From: The Rumpus | By: Charles Kruger | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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During anti-government protests in the Ukraine in 2013 and 2014, Oleh Shynkarenko, a journalist and blogger, found himself turning to Facebook after some of his blog posts were deleted, presumably by security forces. What he shared was a novel about...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kelly Lynn Thomas | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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To research her book Without You, There Is No Us, Suki Kim worked undercover as an ESL teacher in North Korea. Kim was reluctant to call the work a memoir, believing that to do so “trivialized” her investigative reporting. The result was a backlash...
From: The Rumpus | By: Jake Slovis | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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At the New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich writes an ode to Other Music, a New York City record shop that recently closed its doors after more than twenty years in business. For Petrusich, the store was more than a place to buy music; it was an important...
From: The Rumpus | By: Stephanie Bento | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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From: The Rumpus | By: Tony Millionaire | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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The child wanted to name the rabbit Actually, and could not be dissuaded from this.For its final Flash Friday column, curated by Tin House, the Guardian shares three new excerpts from Joy Williams’s most recent collection, 99 Stories of God....
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Hey China, what the hell? A dog meat festival? You can’t do that. Here is the story of one man who agreed.Related Posts:Eating in PurgatorySad Meals in a Sad NovelThe Big Idea #11: Mark BittmanDo You Eat Pork?: Identity Politics in the BorderlandsThe...
From: The Rumpus | By: David Breithaupt | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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The Atlanta-based post-punk band is releasing their first album, Deluxe, on July 8th and have been garnering anticipatory kudos around the Internet. Raven Sings the Blues wrote, “All the songs on their debut, Deluxe are bent and battered into...
From: The Rumpus | By: Liz Wood | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Despite its uncanny salience in the context of this most recent wave of social injustice and protest, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout was written well before the #BlackLivesMatter movement began. Far from a coincidence, the book’s resonance is a product...
From: The Rumpus | By: Roxie Pell | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Jason Benjamin’s HBO documentary Suited, produced by HBO’s Girls co-creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, is an eye-opening journey into the niche subject of dressing for success when you’re a gender nonconforming individual. Brooklyn bespoke...
From: The Rumpus | By: Lauren Wissot | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Jonterri Gadson about Blues Triumphant, her love of editing, and the intersection of poetry and comedy.
From: The Rumpus | By: The Rumpus Book Club | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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A writer friend recently asked me a brief but not-so-simple question: How do you decide where to send your work?Over at Lit Hub, Erika Dreifus answers this simple yet crucial question with some useful advice.Related Posts:The Submitting EditorThis Advice...
From: The Rumpus | By: Guia Cortassa | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Poetry is defined by a failure to live up to the hype it generates, promising divine transcendence through a medium that is essentially human. This is the paradox Ben Lerner articulates in his dissertation on The Hatred of Poetry. At The New Republic,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Roxie Pell | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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In 1920, Tristan Tzara put out a call to his fellow artists to contribute to an anthology to be called Dadaglobe. Many submitted but the book never happened. But fear not—the Museum of Modern Art in New York has put on a show of the pieces for the...
From: The Rumpus | By: David Breithaupt | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Simply put, there is no theory without struggle. Struggle is the condition of possibility for theory. And struggle is produced by workers themselves.At The New Republic, Rachel Kushner introduces the newly translated 1971 Italian novel We Want Everything...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kyle Williams | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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From: The Rumpus | By: Dan Bransfield | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Brandon Hicks reviews Panthers in the Hole, a new graphic novel from by Bruce and David Cénou.
From: The Rumpus | By: Brandon Hicks | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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J. Courtney Sullivan revisits The Baby-Sitters Club for Lenny Letter to discover its long-lasting popularity, as well as the Stoneybrook girls’ adaptation into the 21st century.Related Posts:The Power of a T-ShirtAt the End of All BooksA Home of One’s...
From: The Rumpus | By: Michelle Vider | Monday, June 27, 2016
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At Guernica, Tana Wojczuk shares her personal story of seeing Shakespeare performed as a child and her eventual realization and understanding of Shakespeare’s humor, and defends the importance of seeing Shakespeare’s works on stage:This is one of...
From: The Rumpus | By: Olivia Wetzel | Monday, June 27, 2016
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There has much apprehension following last week’s vote in favor of a British withdrawal from the EU. Some are predicting what the change will mean for the region’s music industry. PJ Harvey reacted to the vote by stopping mid-performance to...
From: The Rumpus | By: Liz Wood | Monday, June 27, 2016
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For Pacific Standard, Ed Cara explores the malleability of memory and the very real and frequent occurrence of false memories, via new work by criminal psychologist and memory scientist Dr. Julia Shaw.Related Posts:The Rumpus Interview with Bernadette...
From: The Rumpus | By: Michelle Vider | Monday, June 27, 2016
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She made it clear that the body is not a stable foundation for gender expression.For New York Magazine, Molly Fischer profiles gender theorist and philosopher Judith Butler, focusing on how Butler’s theory of performativity has disseminated into pop...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kyle Williams | Monday, June 27, 2016
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Rufi Thorpe writes for Vela on the responsibilities of writing and motherhood, and the transformation of a woman writer into an “art monster”:But any soldier will tell you that much of the Army is similarly boring and routine. Yet we do not ask a...
From: The Rumpus | By: Michelle Vider | Monday, June 27, 2016
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Monday 6/27: Clara Bingham discusses and signs Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.Tuesday 6/28: The Women Group monthly reading event....
From: The Rumpus | By: Xach Fromson | Monday, June 27, 2016
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When today’s crime writers are in doubt, they have a woman come through the door with a passive-aggressive zinger on her lips.At the Atlantic, Terrence Rafferty writes about the history crime fiction, from pulp writers in the 20s and 30s through Raymond...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kyle Williams | Monday, June 27, 2016
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Books live in our collective unconscious as well as our individual imaginations. It’s best to air these stories occasionally so that we may examine the myths we hold dearly. Movies may be messy but they can be viewed en masse, which makes them the...
From: The Rumpus | By: Olivia Wetzel | Monday, June 27, 2016
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