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Fiction: Conversations With Himself: Sam Shepard’s Narrator Takes Stock of His Life

Sam Shepard’s novella, “The One Inside,” is narrated by a rueful, aging actor/writer not unlike Shepard himself.

The Rumpus Interview with Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles on recording her new poetry record Aloha/irish trees, the relationship between poetry and comedy, and finding safety in social media.

235. Listener Email, Questions, and Romance Reader Stories

This week the guest is… all of you! This episode is an assembly of your excellent email messages, with stories, jokes, and questions, because you’re all brilliant, clever, and interesting people. Thank you for listening – knowing how funny you are, I’m honored that you listen to me each week!

Backtalk: Milo's Demise & Vogue's Yellowface

Amy Lam This week, Dahlia and Amy take small pleasures wherever they can get them, such as celebrating the public downfall of famed conservative troll, Milo Yiannopoulos. Writer Roxane Gay, who pulled her book from publishing with Simon...Show More Summary

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #72: Laurie Sheck

Laurie Sheck is the author, most recently, of Island of the Mad, and A Monster’s Notes, a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry for The Willow Grove, she has been a Guggenheim Fellow, as well...Show More Summary

Live Illustration with Elise Gravel

Elise Gravel, a French-Canadian illustrator, recreated some images from her picture books “The Great Antonio” and her series about Earth’s unloved creatures.

Live Illustration with James Sturm

Cartoonist James Sturm drew live comics for The New York Times and talked about his picture books "Birdsong" and "Ape and Armadillo."

Live Illustration with Vanessa Brantley

Vanessa Brantley Newton showed The New York Times how she illustrated "The Youngest Marcher," a picture book about 9 year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks' role in the civil rights movement.

Live Illustration with Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe, who won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for his "Radiant Child," a biography for children about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, demonstrated his art for The New York Times.

Live Illustration with George O'Connor

George O'Connor showed us how he brought ancient gods to life in his graphic novel series "Olympians."

Live Illustration with Nick Bruel

Nick Bruel showed us how he draws Bad Kitty, the hilariously moody cat from his best-selling chapter books.

Take a walk on the Parisian side with Lauren Elkin's 'Flâneuse'

“Flâneuse” Lauren Elkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 336 pp., $27 Lauren Elkin’s “Flâneuse,” part cultural history, part personal memoir, fervently celebrates women who have asserted their freedom and sharpened their identities by taking to urban streets — whether on solitary, exploratory rambles...

8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The Times.

The PEN Literary Awards

"...In a world where coverage of the arts is an endangered species, this is vital.”

Nightclubs, Siren Songs, and Man-Eating Mermaids

Britt Ashley Dahlia Grossman-Heinze Two man-eating mermaid sisters rise singing from the depths of the Baltic Sea to perform in a surreal nightclub and devour men. The idea that anyone could resist that plot summary boggles the mind....Show More Summary

Announcing the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced the list of nominees for the 37th annual LA Times Book Prize. Here are some highlights:

Newswire: America Chavez breaks out on her own in this America #1 exclusive preview

Fans of America Chavez have been clamoring for the character to get her own ongoing series for years, and it’s finally happening next week with the release of America #1, one of the year’s most anticipated superhero comic debuts. America...Show More Summary

President Donald J. Gantry: On the Prescience of Sinclair Lewis

If you want a guide to how we’ve come to find ourselves in such a bewildering, dangerous place -- and to how we might, in the future, avoid such empty hucksters -- choose Elmer Gantry. It’s one of Sinclair Lewis’s best. And it’s the story of Donald Trump. The post President Donald J. Gantry: On the Prescience of Sinclair Lewis appeared first on The Millions.

The Book of Endless Sleepovers by Henry Hoke

Allie Rowbottom reviews The Book of Endless Sleepovers by Henry Hoke today in Rumpus Books.

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