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The Rumpus Interview with Monica Sok

Monica Sok discusses her award-winning poetry chapbook Year Zero, her interest in Southeast Asian history, and living in isolation.

214. Writing Contemporary Comedy Outside in the Cold: An Interview with Jill Shalvis

Sarah chats with bestselling author Jill Shalvis. They’ve known one another for a long time, but not quite as long as Jill has been writing romance. They discuss writing for multiple publishers over her nearly 20 year career, writing...Show More Summary

AVQ&A: What’s your favorite parent-child relationship in pop culture?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Show More Summary

Our New Mantra

“So Be It! See To It!” So you may have already seen this on the literary internet earlier this year, but today’s Friday, and we needed a little infusion of life: enter Octavia Butler‘s amazingly awesome note to self (via the also amazing and awesome Rose Eveleth). The post Our New Mantra appeared first on The Millions.

Face Off: Kardashian/Kahlo

“Where does the line between the self-portrait and the selfie fall? Both Kardashian West and Kahlo are masters of the form—suggesting that perhaps there is no clear line at all.” Anyone who puts Frida and Kim together in an essay, as Sarah Murray has for The Rumpus, has our full and enthusiastic support. Show More Summary

Everything Is Interesting

“Baker is such a wonderful prose stylist that he could probably get away with publishing his diary—which, for epic stretches, is what Substitute feels like.” Over at The Nation, Evan Kindley reviews Nicholson Baker‘s latest, a 700-plus-page non-fiction exploration of substitute teaching. Show More Summary

This Fall's Most Anticipated Teen Books

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Following Trouble: Why Writing is Never a Problem

Writers cultivate trouble. Without trouble we'd have nothing to write about. If we write fiction, we sit at our desk and imagine the most interesting trouble our beloved hero or heroine can get into. Who will threaten their life? What...Show More Summary

Popaganda: Breaking the Binary

Sarah Mirk It's good to get complicated. On this episode, we rethink binary approaches to brain science, sexuality, gender, and disability. This episode featuring a moving story from stand-up comedian and #GoodMuslimBadMuslim co-host Zahra Noorbakhsh, who talks about her decision to come out as bisexual as a 36-year-old. Show More Summary

From Midlist to Megabestseller: Christina Baker Kline on Selling your First Novel, Maximizing Writers' Conferences and Making a Living While Writing

We are lucky to live in a town called Montclair, New Jersey. We had no idea when we moved here how many amazing writers would live within a stone's throw of us. One of them is Christina Baker Kline. We got to know her before her New York Times best-selling novel, Orphan Train, was published. Show More Summary

When Marketing Trumps Truth

This is how gay-male-identifying, biological women become straight chicks. Investigative journalism morphs into emotional memoir.

We Gon' Be Alright

By Jeff Chang INTRODUCTION: THE CRISIS CYCLE We are living in serious times. Since 2012, the names of the fallen—Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, the list never seems to cease--have catalyzed collective outrage and grief. Show More Summary

This Fall's Most Anticipated Nonfiction

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The Bachelor, Matchmaking and Cinderella: Contemporary Romance with Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is a number one New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author. She writes contemporary romance as well as new adult, romantic comedy, and even paranormal. With more than forty romance novelsShow More Summary

Cocktails, castles and cadging

Here is a veritable feast for fans of Paddy Leigh Fermor. This is the story of a well-lived life through… The post Cocktails, castles and cadging appeared first on The Spectator.

A New Chapter in Book Prizes: Readers Are the Winners

Heywood Hill, a bookstore in London, will award a book a month for life to the winner of a contest in honor of its 80th birthday.

Perils of the Pacific

In the great Iberian empires of the 16th and 17th centuries, a career was already avail-able in global administration not… The post Perils of the Pacific appeared first on The Spectator.

The art of listening

Rachel Cusk is a writer who provokes strong reactions in her readers, and her critical reputation has swung wildly in… The post The art of listening appeared first on The Spectator.

One dead in Ohio

For the first time in living memory, a presidential candidate for a major party has received the enthusiastic endorsement of… The post One dead in Ohio appeared first on The Spectator.

All work, many plays

‘Krapping away here to no little avail,’ writes Beckett to the actor Patrick Magee in September 1969. To ‘no little… The post All work, many plays appeared first on The Spectator.

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