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The Poetry Deal by Diane di Prima

Barbara Berman reviews Diane di Prima's The Poetry Deal today in Rumpus Poetry.

The Rumpus Interview with Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell talks about her new novel, Landline, the writing advice she refuses to follow, and young adult fiction.

The Amado Women by Désirée Zamorano

Hope Wabuke reviews The Amado Women by Désirée Zamorano today in Rumpus Books.

The Rumpus Interview with Women in Clothes

The Rumpus speaks to Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton about Women in Clothes, a new collection of essays and art on the intricacies of femininity and clothing choices.

High School Vigilantes – Friday Fiction

The Emerson High Vigiantes Miklowitz 1988 Paul Ross, nice guy editor of the Emerson High School paper is recruited for the Knights of Honor Society. They are all about justice and want to “clean up” the high school from all the bad elements. In other words, they want to be bad asses, but for a […]

Creamy Goodness for the Tummy

The Bland Diet Cookbook Schulz 1978 Back in the olden days before they discovered what the real story of ulcers was all about, bland diets were the go to treatment for just about anything that qualified as “stomach trouble”. I remember that spicy food was usually considered the culprit in many stomach ailments back in […]

Zap it!

Microwave cooking for kids Better Homes and Gardens 1984 Submitter: This one busts my buttons. This book was on the new book shelf at my local library. A microwave cook book from 1984! I hope they did not pay for it, and that it was a gift. Not as though that makes it okay. There […]

High Tech Heretic

High Tech Heretic Stoll 1999 Submitter: We found this book in our high school library collection this week. The irony is that we have just started the year in a brand new, high tech building and with an eighth – twelth grade 1:1 laptop initiative. Loads of wonderful teaching and learning happens in our school […]

Fix It or Forget It?

Men in groups Tiger 1969 Submitter: Today’s submission is one of the worse condition books I have ever seen on a shelf. I know budgets are stretched thin, but there seems little reason to put so much effort in to this paperback. First the offending branch library glued cardboard to the covers. Then they used bookbinding, electrical, […]

For Our Consideration: Lena Dunham has it all

I get it: I know nothing. But I also hope future me will be proud of present me for trying to wrap my head around the big ideas and also for trying to make you feel like we’re all in this together. — Not That Kind Of Girl, “Is This Even Real?” When engaging with Lena Dunham’s work, I can’t quite keep myself out of the equation. Show More Summary

The Surprising Poetry of Arianna Huffington's Thrive

Photo by Sue Salisbury, Creative Commons, via Flickr. When you think of The Huffington Post, what comes to mind? It might not be poetry. But poetry is at the heart of its founder, Arianna Huffington, and it's at the heart of her wise...Show More Summary

Big Issues: Why Marvel needs to save She-Hulk from cancellation

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s She-Hulk #9. Written by Charles Soule (Inhuman, Swamp Thing) with art by Javier Pulido (Hawkeye, The Amazing Spider-Man) and colorist Muntsa...Show More Summary

Little White Lies: Are They Good or Bad in Publishing?

Little White Lies. We all use them in daily life. A friend asks us if she looks like she's gained weight and we say no when it does look like she's put on a few pounds. We tell a weary customer service rep we haven't been waiting too...Show More Summary

AVQ&A: Do you have anybody’s autograph?

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

Libraries: Do We Or Dewey Not Opt for Change?

We've come a long way from Dewey Decimals. I've always admired librarians, from stereotype bun to books. It's National Friends of Libraries Week and I've been flipping the pages of reminiscence. Actually, I always wanted to become a librarian. Show More Summary

Newswire: Bob Odenkirk announces live tour dates

Bob Odenkirk is taking his (Mr.) show out on the road. The comedian and star of Better Call Saul has scheduled an upcoming run of dates in support of his new book, A Load Of Hooey. The dates will be split between book readings/signings...Show More Summary

The Duality of the Human Psyche: On John Lahr’s Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

Lahr states in the preface that he constructed the book closer to a profile than a traditional biography. In this way, he listens to the music. Texture, seemingly improvisational moments, comes from the layering of different sounds. Elements overlap and knock up against each other.

My Husband Died, Now What?

I wrote My Husband Died Now What? A Widow's Guide to Grief Recovery & Smart Financial Decisions (excerpts herewith) to save widows grief, time and money with my advice and tips. In that spirit, I have shared a boatload of information...Show More Summary

Newswire: Exclusive Marvel preview: Mourning Wolverine’s death in Wolverine & The X-Men #11

It’s been a week since Wolverine shuffled off this mortal coil, and to mourn the loss of Marvel’s flagship mutant, Wolverine & The X-Men has invited some of comics’ most distinctive artists to detail how Logan’s death has affected his former colleagues. Show More Summary

REVIEW: Legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear recounts highs and lows of his career in memoir

Before Matthew Weiner, Shonda Rhimes and the Davids (Chase, Simon, Milch), there was Norman Lear, the legendary writer and producer behind such television classics as “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” andShow More Summary

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