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"Monsieur Ambivalence: A Post-Literate Fable", by Thomas Fuller, With Two "Ambivalent" Poems by Joan Gelfand and Claire Rubin

You may remember the bestseller by Alain de Botton, How Reading Proust Can Change Your Life. Maybe your life did change. Maybe you set out to finally read Proust. How about trying it again, this time with Pascal? The great French mathematician...Show More Summary

Excerpt: Here’s a peek at Black Francis’ new illustrated novel

The erstwhile Frank Black (and Charles Thompson) has kept himself busy over the last decade, playing with the reunited Pixies—and even releasing new Pixies music—as well as recording solo and collaborative albums. Now Black Francis has...Show More Summary

Where Is the American Writer Writing About America in Pakistan?

Here I am. That's my short answer to the Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie's rhetorical question the other day in The Guardian. Here I am, a-n American, living in America, writing about America's involvement -- as well as my own - in...Show More Summary

More on Rizzoli’s

Rizzoli’s is closing, but if the owners have their way, there’ll be a Rizzoli’s II opening its doors in the near future. In the meantime, you can read this Times piece about the bookstore, which puts its closing into context.

Jean-Jacques Pauvert Follows Hugh Hefner to the Altar

Following the publication of my recent article, "Hugh Hefner and Jean-Jacques Pauvert Celebrate Their 88th Birthdays," I received an email from Pauvert and Brigitte Lozerec'h, which said Pauvert was "pleased and amused" by the article which showed the controversial parallels between the two men's lives. Show More Summary

A Healthy Week Begins... On Sunday!

We need your help -- actually, we all need each other's help! Although dinner might be just about our only daily opportunity to sit down together, catch up and eat a healthy meal, we tend to be too busy/stressed/tired (you can throw in a dozen other reasons) to cook ourselves. Show More Summary

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

Diksha Basu reviews WAVE by Sonali Deraniyagala today in The Rumpus Book Reviews.

It’s a Mystery

There are many possible answers to the question “where do you write?”, but one of the strangest, and most unexpected, has to be “I don’t know.” At The Rumpus, Brendan Constantine admits that he doesn’t write in any one place, and that his memory for where he’s written before is “completely unreliable.” We surveyed our […]

'Flash Boys' focuses on a Wall Street computer scheme

In 'Flash Boys,' a band of misfits and nerds uncovers a Wall Street computer scheme that used dazzling speed to tip the trading scales. There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt."

City University of New York Announces Dance Initiative

The City University of New York announced on Tuesday a new residency program that will provide choreographers with rehearsal and performance space at the university’s campuses across the five boroughs.

National Library Week 2014: The Picture File

The picture file: A manual & curriculum-related subject heading list Hill 1975 Submitter: [This is] from a middle school library non-fiction shelf available for student use!  The internet eliminated the need for picture files more than 15 years ago, but I found this book on the shelf last year. Once school libraries were staffed based […]

Why I Re-Wrote Jane Austen's 'Outlier' Novel

It was probably the most terrifying question of my writing career. "Would you like to write a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey?" said the editor from HarperCollins UK with the cut glass accent and the string of pearls. Show More Summary

Tuesday New Release Day: Wyld; Harvkey; Simpson; de Rosnay; Henderson; Solomon

New this week: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld; In the Course of Human Events by Mike Harvkey; Casebook by Mona Simpson; The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay; Vernon Downs by Jaime Clarke; and Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers, edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon. For more on these titles and other new releases, […]

Amazon Asks: Stanley Bing on Influential Books, Impressing His Son, and Predicting the Future of Technology

If you've read Fortune magazine anytime in the last 20+ years, or, for that matter, if you've cruised the business book world, you already know Stanley Bing: the funniest "business" writer on a very crowded block. Tomorrow, we'll unveil one...

New Incredible Numbers maths app for iPad – a teacher’s experience

How many sides does a circle have, Sir? What happens when you divide by zero, Sir? What is the biggest prime number, Sir? Is 0.9 recurring equal to 1, Sir? What is the smallest fraction, Sir? What is Pi, Sir?

Crimean Rites

It’s February 4, 1937. The poet Osip Mandelstam is in Voronezh, a provincial city deep in the Russian steppe. He has one year left to live.

Howdy, Partner!

There have been many great partnerships throughout history – Orville and Wilbur, Hillary and Norgay, the Steves (Jobs and Wozniak), Rodgers and Hammerstein, Ben and Jerry,  the Curies, Bert and Ernie, Sherlock and Watson, Katniss and Peeta  -just to name … Continue reading ?

The Rumpus Interview with Jennifer Vanderbes

Jennifer Vanderbes discusses her latest novel, The Secret of Raven Point, the role of women in military history, and focusing on figures not commonly foregrounded in war literature.

Donna Tartt’s golden year continues

Donna Tartt’s novel, The Goldfinch, reached new heights today after being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – one of the top gongs in American literature. Last week, Tartt was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize for women’s fiction and prompted named as the bookie’s favourite. Signed copies of The Goldfinch are now seriously in demand. […]

What Kind of Fiction Do You Love to Read or Write? Maybe It's Time to Push the Genre Envelope

Whether you're writing a mystery series or fantasy, so-called "literary fiction" or romances, the common view is that writers must brand themselves as one thing or another to market their books. While there's a certain amount of truth...Show More Summary

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