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Radiohead is no stranger to anxiety. A tense tone—like a taut cord reverberating—runs through the high-energy opener “Burn the Witch,” from their latest record, A Moon Shaped Pool. Thom Yorke’s delicate wail floats over the brazen guitar...
From: The Rumpus | By: Max Gray | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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My sister wrote and published a memoir about our childhood. It’s a good book, and I’m proud of her. It has won awards, and put her in demand on a national speaking circuit. Am I jealous of my little sister? Yep....
From: The Rumpus | By: Charles Kruger | Friday, September 23, 2016
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Jesus Christ, this book is like, Toni Morrison/Susan Sontag good. This book is first viewing of Beyoncé's Lemonade good. This book is Simone Biles good.
From: The Rumpus | By: Kelsey Osgood | Friday, September 23, 2016
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Rachel Hall discusses her debut collection Heirlooms, her mother’s experience growing up in a French Jewish family during World War II, and crossing genre borders in her writing.
From: The Rumpus | By: Kathryn Waring | Friday, September 23, 2016
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“We didn’t ask for it,” Cave begins another poetic flight, and again we think he’s talking about something ghastly, “but it’s all around us, a gratuitous beauty.”
From: The Rumpus | By: Joe Sacksteder | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Sunday 9/25: Lynn Steger Strong, Michele Filgate, Saxon Baird, Jerome Ellison Murphy, and Miko Jeffries joins the Pigeon Pages reading series. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.Monday 9/26: Colson Whitehead discusses The Underground Railroad with Lisa Lucas. BAM,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Ian MacAllen | Saturday, September 24, 2016
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I don’t really get romance. Bring me fish or moose, not flowers.
From: The Rumpus | By: Helga Schimkat | Saturday, September 24, 2016
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At The Millions, J.P. Smith describes the singular effect that Marcel Proust has had on his growth as a writer:This isn’t a rambling, stream-of-consciousness book of memories lost and found; it’s a novel with a subtle and solid architecture, where...
From: The Rumpus | By: Adam Keller | Saturday, September 24, 2016
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More and more, book publishers are turning to data studies and algorithms to predict which kinds of books will sell. Susanne Althof, in a piece for WIRED, interrogates the wisdom of such an approach, speaking with people in the industry who worry it...
From: The Rumpus | By: Theodora Messalas | Friday, September 23, 2016
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Yo La Tengo is releasing another series of totally destroyed versions of covers from their annual performances at WFMU’s fundraiser. The compilation, Murder in the Second Degree, is a follow-up to the band’s 2006 release Yo La Tengo Is Murdering...
From: The Rumpus | By: Liz Wood | Friday, September 23, 2016
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At Timeline, Matt Reimann finds a predecessor to the modern “woke apology” in John Steinbeck’s remarks on his novel Tortilla Flat:Steinbeck’s plea here so closely mirrors the structure of the modern political correctness apology, he may well...
From: The Rumpus | By: Adam Keller | Friday, September 23, 2016
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In October, we’re doing something in our Poetry Book Club that we’ve never done before. We’re featuring a book that will be available to the general public at the time we discuss it, and we’re doing it because the book we want to read is...
From: The Rumpus | By: Brian Spears | Friday, September 23, 2016
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Friday 9/23: Join the Bitter Women Book Club at City Lit Books as they discuss The Sundial by Shirley Jackson! 6:30 p.m., free.Julie Tarney reads from her book My Son Wears Heels: One Mom’s Journey from Clueless to Kickass. Women & Children First,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Jonathan McDaniel | Friday, September 23, 2016
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We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from Kristen Kittscher! Kristen writes about all the strange and exciting magic around us every day!Subscribe by September 29 to receive her letter. And, don’t miss our special fall promotion! Purchase a...
From: The Rumpus | By: The Rumpus | Friday, September 23, 2016
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Settling the debate about whether “writer” is job that arose with Merritt Tierce’s Marie Claire essay about going broke post-debut novel, and a response piece by Ester Bloom at The Billfold calling writing a hobby, Lincoln Michel finds a middle...
From: The Rumpus | By: Katie O'Brien | Friday, September 23, 2016
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Barbara Berman reviews Antje Katcher's Catechism New and Selected Poems today in Rumpus Poetry.
From: The Rumpus | By: Barbara Berman | Friday, September 23, 2016
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Over at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center blog, Suzi F. Garcia challenges the idea of poetry as a niche act of the elites by showing just how vital and contagious teaching a text like Citizen can be:Move poetry outside of its context....
From: The Rumpus | By: Theodora Messalas | Friday, September 23, 2016
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Last week, Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress, making her the first woman and the first African-American in the position. Hayden talked with Jeffrey Brown of PBS Newshour about the challenges of her new position, and her favorite...
From: The Rumpus | By: Amanda Hildebrand | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Over at Electric Literature, Ryan Chapman interviews Teddy Wayne, whose third novel, Loner, seems to effortlessly blow by the clichés of the campus novel: as Ryan calls it, “the writer’s equivalent of the pop ballad.” Wayne begins by citing “non-campus”...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kirstin Allio | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Michel’le’s upcoming biopic Surviving Compton creates a dialogue with the story told by Straight Outta Compton, which notably failed to portray the roles of the women who helped grow N.W.A. and Ruthless Records. When asked why she believes her...
From: The Rumpus | By: Liz Wood | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Loyalty seems to have no payoff for fans of every and any book that has ever had a sequel, because these next installments almost always disappoint—but why does it have to be this way? For Cultured Vultures, Nat Wassell gives a few examples of flaccid...
From: The Rumpus | By: Amanda Hildebrand | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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We’re getting ready to send out our next Letter in the Mail, and it’s from Chloe Caldwell! While cat-sitting and stressing about where to find an envelope and a stamp, Chloe writes to us on stolen paper about her life right now....
From: The Rumpus | By: The Rumpus | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Thursday 9/22: Wendy Gordon reads from her debut novel, Wrong Highway. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.Local author D’Norgia Taylor launches her new book, Seedlings, with a reading followed by a Q&A session and signing. Another Read Through, 7 p.m.,...
From: The Rumpus | By: Olivia Olivia | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Stop any comparisons… turn to your own project with laser-beam focus, and bolster your own campaign as if you’ve spent years of blood, sweat, and tears working on this creative achievement—because chances are, you have spent years working on it.Lit...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kirstin Allio | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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A literary movement aiming to express the surrealist daily life of modern China (a reality that can’t be captured by traditional genres like satire or horror) is giving the next generation of Chinese authors the opportunity to subtly critique their...
From: The Rumpus | By: Amanda Hildebrand | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Bradley Babendir reviews The Gloaming by Melanie Finn today in Rumpus Books.
From: The Rumpus | By: Bradley Babendir | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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For the New Yorker, Hilton Als reaches across Edward Albee’s long career to take the pulse of the themes and concerns of the late, great playwright. Memory, attachment, cruelty, and Albee’s sense of himself as an outsider all informed the dramas....
From: The Rumpus | By: Kirstin Allio | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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I begin to find my way about, to feel myself at home, here in Orsenya, matrya miya, my motherland. I can live here, and find out who else lives here and what they do, and tell stories about it. And so I did.
From: The Rumpus | By: Stephanie Bento | Thursday, September 22, 2016
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At the New Yorker, Ed Caesar interviews Anna Lyndsey, author of the memoir Girl in the Dark, about her mysterious light sensitivity that kept her in the dark for over a decade. Citing prominent dermatologists, Ceasar questions Lyndsey’s symptoms...
From: The Rumpus | By: Kelly Lynn Thomas | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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The only thing creepier than a spot-on Harry Potter fan theory is a spot-on Harry Potter fan theory that is … not exactly unconfirmed by J.K. Rowling herself.Harry Potter is a novel series with quite a few depressing moments to get readers all up in...
From: The Rumpus | By: Jayson Flores | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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