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The Rumpus Interview with Thomas Page McBee

The Rumpus talks to contributor Thomas Page McBee about his new book, Man Alive, heteronormativity, getting mugged, living in New York City, and what it really means to be a man.

Down to/Poetry

A couple weeks ago, we published our review of Ben Lerner’s 10:04, the follow-up to his debut Leaving the Atocha Station. At the Poetry Foundation’s blog, Adam Plunkett argues that 10:04 inadvertently reveals its author’s poetic training. The book, he says, “dissolves into a poem.”

Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook

What WHAAAAAAT! Yes yes y’all, the rumours are true – whether or not you can take the heat, it is definitely time to get in the kitchen, so you can create some culinary chaos with Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook (96 pages, Dokument Press). Authors Joseph Innis (a foodie), Ralph Miller (a writer) and […]

After criticism, Lena Dunham will pay opening acts on her book tour

After the New York Times reported that the warm-up acts on Lena Dunham’s book tour would perform for free and Gawker took

Peter Heller (The Painter) Interviews Bill Roorbach (The Remedy for Love)

The only thing better than interviewing one of my favorite authors? Having two of my favorites talking books with each other--at a bar. Peter Heller (author of The Dog Stars and The Painter) recently shared a drink or two with...

Growing Out of Packaged Ideals: John Oliver Got Me Thinking

I'm a huge fan of John Oliver's HBO show, Last Week Tonight. It's brilliant. The guy kills it, week after week. I always come away with the feeling that I just had a class with a hilarious professor. I especially love the feature, "How...Show More Summary

B.J. Novak wants his children’s book to be a ‘gateway drug to literature’

B.J. Novak sees his children’s book as a “gateway drug to literature.” The book, quite literally, is what it says it’s going to

How Has Digitization Affected My Personal Life & Environment so Far?

1. My wife ticks me off for answering emails during dinner; 2. I am at work for 18 out every 24 hours; 3. I love buying records in the middle of the night; 4. I'm throwing away my CD collection; 5. E-books are never out of stock; 6. Marketing can now be genuinely global; 7. Show More Summary

The Symposiums in Ancient Greece

One of the fundamental expressions of social life of the ancient Greeks was the symposium that intended to strengthen the most refine feelings and ideals among the people as it is the friendship and partnership. It was of a very great...Show More Summary

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer Part 3: Using Social Media, or I'll Like You If You Like Me

Kay, my permanently grumpy marketing guru, has this week given birth to a beautiful little girl after a 20-hour labor, described by her gyno as "epic." I take this to mean I can catch up on my reading, or perhaps my laundry. You seeShow More Summary

The Future Is Now

Back in 2013, Ted Gioia wrote a piece for The Millions about an old sci-fi novel that correctly predicted the future. Since then, he’s embarked on an ambitious project that expands on his interest in sci-fi, exploring how the most radical sci-fi writers of the sixties paved the way for much of modern fiction. As […]

Philippine Authorities Seize Paintings from Former Marcos Home

Authorities in the Philippines on Tuesday seized 15 paintings from the former home of Ferdinand Marcos.

Jane Lynch Gets Mean (fictionally speaking, that is)

Earlier this year, when I found out I was going to interview Jane Lynch during Book Expo America, I kind of got heart palpatations. I love her in films, particularly Best in Show, saw her play Miss Hannigan in the...

On the Books: ‘Bad Feminist’ author launches The Toast sister site

Bestselling Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay is spearheading The Butter, a sister site for The Toast.”The Butter will focus on cultural criticism

Glen Campbell Sued Over Documentary

The artist, who has Alzheimer's, is the subject of a film about his condition, and a production company alleges it was cut out of the project.

inside the golden amber

Hello October! I took the last two Witchy Wednesdays off while I was in New York visiting the World Maker Faire, the Brooklyn Book Fair, my US editor, and all my favourite haunts (Madison Square Park, Central Park, Obscura, the Metropolitan...Show More Summary

1 Origin Story

Recommended Reading: Sam Bungey on the origins of the listicle.

Gloria Steinem says NFL's domestic violence scandal, at very least, has started a conversation

Feminism pioneer Gloria Steinem says that if anything good has come from the NFL's domestic violence scandal, it's that we're actually talking about domestic violence. "When the women's movement started, there was not even a term called domestic violence," the 80-year-old activist said in an interview. "It was just called life."

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