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The State of Risk in PoMo Verse

In Cheap Signaling -- a serious and important study of poetic diction in the avant-garde -- Daniel Tiffany posits a revolutionary poetics without positing, too, a paradigm shift away from postmodernism. The result is an imagined coterie...Show More Summary

Our New Enemy

The new issue of The Enemy is out, and it’s got some goodies which may be of interest to Millions readers. Among them are two new poems by Ruth Ellen Kocher, who won the 2014 PEN Open Book prize; an appraisal of the value of bad art by sociologist Alison Gerber; and a reassessment of the […]

How a Fall Banished My Fear About Our Son's Cerebral Palsy

This post is an excerpt from Diogo Mainardi's upcoming book, The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps. ------ Just before he was 6 months old, Tito went for another examination at Padua Hospital. His neurologist lay him face down on the stretcher. Show More Summary

How Do You Model Reading for Children in the Digital Age?

How do you model reading for children in the digital age?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and get insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter,...Show More Summary


I need patterns and routines in certain parts of my life. I also need goals and lists. And possibly Kelly Sue DeConnick telling me to get shit done through text messages (totally worth it ladies ). So inspired by some of the lovely blogging ladies out there who set goals for themselves either weekly or monthly, I have decided to do the same. Show More Summary

New Media Writing Prize 2014: Submissions Open

Submissions are now open for the 2014 The New Media Writing Prize. The prize, now in its fourth year, was set up by Jim Pope of Bournemouth University, to showcase exciting and inventive stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media.

A Magical Island: Making the Most of Your Novel's Setting

Tomorrow I'm headed to Prince Edward Island for a long weekend. This is no easy feat. From my house in Massachusetts, it takes a full eleven hours to drive to PEI in the Canadian Maritimes, where my family owns a farmhouse built in 1900 that looks pretty much the same as it always has. Show More Summary

Villain’s Law

Over the weekend, Canada’s National Post ran a book review by our own Michael Bourne, who contributed a piece on Bright Lights, Big City this week. In the review, Michael reads Thomas King’s The Back of the Turtle, which he says reaffirms the rule that bad guys are always more interesting.

Hourglass Museum by Kelli Russell Agodon

Julie Marie Wade reviews Kelli Russell Agodon's Hourglass Museum today in Rumpus Poetry.

Proto-Internet Kitteh!

Mourka: The Autobiography of a Cat Le Clercq 1964 Submitter: We’re a super small academic library at a school that focuses on the shipping industry, engineering, and business. We received an ILL request a few months ago for this title and were surprised to find it in our stacks. The only time this book circulated […]

A Tour of Some of My Favorite Fictional Families

No one can make me laugh as hard as the people in my family can -- the fall-to-my-knees-crying, certain-I'm-about-to-suffocate-and-die kind of laughing -- and no one can make me as batshit angry as my kin can either. That's why I love reading and writing about families. Show More Summary

Slang: A History And A Defense

In the introduction to the original Oxford English Dictionary its editor included a diagram: at its heart was "English": the language as a whole. Around it were various subsets: regional, technical, formal... and slang. Slang may have been bottom center of the chart, set above the lower depths, but no matter. Show More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of September 27

Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl extends its tenure atop the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List for a second week running, as a film adaptation makes its way to theaters this Friday. The share of titles connected with a movie or TV adaptation,...Show More Summary

Common misconceptions

Do you use Wikipedia? I find that people either love it or hate it (or just don’t trust it). I rarely go there for the final word on anything, but I do love it as a starting point for topics I … Continue reading ?

Is There No Gender Equity in Nonfiction?

As the author of a forthcoming nonfiction book, a biography, I have become aware of how male-dominated the field of biography is. But why all of nonfiction?

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.

Get a Job (or, How My Wife Let Me Quit and Write a Novel)

Recently, I was at a party with my wife, Kate, and we were cheering full champagne flutes, in honor of a friend's success. He had just published his first novel, to great acclaim. We raised our glasses, and introduced ourselves to the other couples around us until someone kindly congratulated me on my book. Show More Summary

The Paradox of Contemporary Poetry

There is a great paradox in contemporary poetry. On the one hand, poetry seems to be dwindling -- in bookstore shelves and traditional academic curricula -- so much so that it has become fashionable for journalists to frequently declare it dead. Show More Summary

Food Tank's Fall Reading List: 20 Great Books About Food

Food Tank has selected 20 books that entertain, inform, and reaffirm the importance of food and agriculture. From sustainable seafood to ethical eating to field guides for food activists, these books highlight innovative and creative...Show More Summary

When Your Intuition Is Right

Things started to go wrong in the summer of 2011. We had just built a beautiful house by the beach in our coastal town of Westport, Connecticut. I was at culinary school, taking the train in to the city every day, and continuing to write...Show More Summary

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