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The Rumpus Interview with Bernadette Murphy

Bernadette Murphy on her forthcoming book, Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life, the challenges of selling a memoir, and life beyond "the suburban-wife-mother picture."

12 Contemporary British Novels We Can't Live Without

By Caitlin Kleinschmidt | Off the Shelf As a lifelong Anglophile, I have worshipped at the altar of Austen, Brontë, and Dickens ever since I received my first copy of Pride and Prejudice in the fourth grade. But British literature goes far beyond the country manors and moody moors of the nineteenth century. Show More Summary

Popaganda: Insider/Outsider

Sarah Mirk This one’s for the punks, poets, radicals, and outliers. We hear four stories about what life is like as an outsider, from tattoo artists confronting invisible disabilities to poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on being a person of color in the punk scene. Show More Summary

REDEMPTION ROAD Gives Readers the Ride of a Lifetime

Book Review - Jackie K Cooper REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart The current trend in publishing seems to be for an author to churn out three or four books a year. At least it is the path taken by writers such as James Paterson, Danielle Steel and Stuart Woods. Show More Summary

'Talk to Me' Might Create Some Good Conversations

The power of dialogue has the ability to change the world. Conversations between people can accomplish more than most people understand or give credit to. But it requires stepping out of our comfort zones, and talking to people about uncomfortable topics. Show More Summary

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Robin Black's Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide

As a writing geek, I read a lot of books about writing, so I consider myself something of a connoisseur. Not writing how-to books, like "Plotting the perfect novel on a McDonald's napkin," but rather those that have come to be called,...Show More Summary

Acid Bath

“There is a tab of LSD and shreds of the King James Bible in this morning tumbler of bourbon.” On C.E. Morgan’s new novel. The post Acid Bath appeared first on The Millions.

Books of The Times: Review: ‘Sweetbitter,’ a ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ for the Restaurant Set

Stephanie Danler’s first novel is about a young woman who falls deeply into her work in New York City’s restaurant world.

Is He Scruff Enough? More Beards Appear on Romance Heroes

More and more romance heroes are sporting facial hair on covers these days. What do you think of this trend? Take our poll!

The True Source of a Writer's Insecurity

I'm currently working on a book about writing fearlessly, a subject about which I have written for the last eight years, and which I have begun teaching in the last two or three. This has provided me with an unusual creative launching pad. Show More Summary

Vasectomies Should Be Covered by Obamacare—But They’re Not

Sarah Mirk Snip it, snip it good. Creative Commons photo by Luca Sartoni. Despite all the frustrating problems with the Affordable Care Act, its passage in 2009 was a big step forward for basic reproductive healthcare in this country. Show More Summary

Douchebag Decree: Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell

Robyn Pennacchia Late Wednesday night, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act—a huge-ass, 1,299-page appropriations bill that funds the entire military—277-147, with 142 Democrats and five Republicans opposed. Shockingly, the worst thing in this bill is not the absurd amount of money we are spending on the military. Show More Summary

All the Goaty Details

1. Ask yourself, "Wouldn't it be nice to be an animal for a bit?" 2. Build a goat exoskeleton 3. Go to the Alps, live with the goats 4. Write a book called GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human


Recommended Reading: Gerald Marzorati on why Tolstoy played tennis. The post Fifteen-Love appeared first on The Millions.

Newswire: Marvel exclusive: Mockingbird flies high in her ongoing solo series

Last week, ABC announced that it would not be picking up Marvel’s Most Wanted, the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off spotlighting Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse and her ex-husband Lance Hunter. But fans of the characters should seek out the new Mockingbird comic series by writer Chelsea Cain, artist Kate Niemczyk, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg. Show More Summary

With Temporary Tattoos, Artists Makes Their Invisible Disabilities Easy to See

Sarah Mirk "We are not our failures" — Artist Kimber Teatro designed this temporary tattoo representing depression and self-harm. Photos by Sarah Mirk. In the back a brewery last Friday, May 13, Portland resident Kate Walford held a wet towel over her forearm, busily applying a temporary tattoo. Show More Summary

“The year we killed our teacher”

What’s the only thing nicer than new fiction by Hilary Mantel? New fiction by Hilary Mantel that you can read for free. At the LRB, check out the entirety of her latest, “Kinsella in His Hole.” The post “The year we killed our teacher” appeared first on The Millions.

Pussy Riot: One Woman’s Vagina Takes on Japan’s Obscenity Laws

The obscenity charges against Rokudenashiko stemmed from her art, which involved making things from casts of her manko (vagina). She had turned her manko into buttons, dioramas, and cell phone covers. The post Pussy Riot: One Woman’s Vagina Takes on Japan’s Obscenity Laws appeared first on The Millions.

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

On Our Radar Bitch HQ Happy Thursday! Want to get this weekday roundup in your inbox? Sign up at the bottom of this post! • Wait, why are so many Vogue cover stories written by men? [Jezebel] • CBS’s white male problem is getting worse and worse. Show More Summary

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