Aliza Licht, former SVP of Communications for Donna Karan International, talks about her debut career guide, what she wishes she knew when she was starting out, and how to build an audience on Twitter. ...more
In Episode 34 of The Rumpus’s Make/Work podcast, host Scott Pinkmountain speaks to Joy Castro about her unorthodox writing process, the course of her career, and the distinctions between literary and commercial fiction. ...more
Susan Shapiro discusses her latest novel, What’s Never Said, her Instant Gratification Takes Too Long teaching method, and new anti-dating rules between faculty and students at universities such as Harvard and Yale. ...more
Thursday 9/3: Join the Red Umbrella Project for a sex workers writing workshop, which will help local writers generation stories for the next issue of Working It zine and Prose & Lore journal. Pivot, 5 p.m., free.
Saturday 9/5: Burnt Tongue, a quarterly literary event created to honor the author and writing teacher Tom Spanbauer, welcomes Domi J. Shoemaker, Melanie Aldritt, Steve Tune, Christi Krug, Josh Lubin, Krista Dabakis, Megan Kruse, Sean Davis, Kevin Meyer, Liz Prato, Doug Chase, and Tom Spanbauer, to read for this month’s event. The reading will be emceed by Lisa Loewenthal. Crush Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.
So, language is quicksand—except it’s not. Unlike the parlor tricks of the deconstructionists who bloviate about différance and traces, there clearly are rules that shouldn’t be broken and clearly ways of speaking that are blatantly incorrect, even if they change over time and admit to flexible interpretations even on a daily basis. It’s just that explicitly delineating those boundaries is extremely difficult, because language is not built up through organized, hierarchical rules but from the top down through byzantine, overlapping practices. Some things can be pinned down with practical certainty, just notin isolation and without context.
On their website, Hanson Robotics highlights their desire to “realize the dream of friendly machines who truly live and love, and co-invent the future of life.” Philip K. Dick’s robot, when questioned in a 2011 interview with PBS, engages in thoughtful conversation with his interviewer, and eventually provides a calm yet chilling answer to a question many of us have on our minds: Will robots take over the world, Terminator-style?
Picking up a book before heading to bed may stave off insomnia. Van Winkle’s reports that researchers have shown just six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68%, clearing the mind in preparation for sleep.
How incredibly complex … and never-ending, always expanding the work is. How much evolution is required to stay relevant. How many surprises there are every day. How unusual and fascinating each and every person, customer or staff is. How books never stop changing lives.
The cool weather is approaching and The Rumpus wants to help you curl up with a good book! Purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription anytime during the month of September, and you’ll receive an autographed copy of Matthew Salesses’s The Hundred-YearFlood,just released 9/1 from Little A/Amazon Publishing! You’ll also receive Matthew’s Letter in the Mail later this month!
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But do we actually scan the written word silently? Recent neurological research questions whether silent reading actually is silent. Evidence grows that the brain interprets “silent” reading as an auditory phenomenon.
Our ancestors most likely read aloud, in public, rather than quietly to themselves in the home. Reading was a way to foster debate and discussion, posits John Biguenet at TheNew Republic. In the past few hundred years, as books became ubiquitous, the practice morphed into what we have today: a primarily private experience of reading.
Graywolf Press has evolved from a tiny, small press into a powerhouse with critically acclaimed as well as best selling titles. Vulture takes a look at Graywolf’s evolution, exploring how publisher Fiona McCrae spent the last two decades growing the business.
“Chansonniers are, first and foremost, writers.” — Martha Wainwright
TheWalrus has a lovely discussion of Quebecoise singer-songwriter, Coeur de Pirate (née Béatrice Martin); her latest album, Roses; the French-language chanson tradition; and the art and practice of writing songs in English and French. C’est magnifique!
Thursday 9/3: If you are in Berkeley at lunchtime, the Doe Library offers something unusual with Lunch Time: A Noontime Poetry Series, hosted by Professor Robert Haas. Today’s kick off event for the Fall features distinguished faculty from a wide range of disciplines reading favorite poems. Free, 12:10 p.m., UC Berkeley.
We’re also excited to announce LFK’s first writing contest! Send us a letter about what you like and don’t like about returning to school. The prize is a 6-month subscription to LFK! Plus, your letter will be linked to on our website so everyone can read it! You’ll also receive a signed, personalized copy of fearless correspondence coordinator Cecil Castellucci ‘s newest book Journey to Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. Find the full details here.
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I read pretty widely, not just fantasy, so I don’t feel particularly wedded to the genre conventions. Fortunately, my publisher has been supportive in letting me explore, and my readers have been supportive in buying those books, so that I can continue to explore. I think that’s because the fantasy audience is not just interested in formula, as I think a lot of popular wisdom would have people believe. The experimental stuff that I have done is not that different from what a lot of the great and enduring novels in the genre have done, and things that end up changing the genre have done. I don’t think of it as being particularly unusual.
A French novel by Grégoire Delacourt featuring a character who looks like Scarlett Johannson will be translated and published in the UK next month. In The First Thing You See, a French mechanic meets a woman who he thinks is Scarlett Johansson, but she merely looks like the famous actress. Gawker reports that the real Johannson sued the author for defamation, hoping to stop the book’s translation into English. The judge levied minor monetary damages against the author but allowed the translation to go forward. The French novel has already sold 140,000 copies. It’s a safe bet Johannson won’t be starring in any future film adaptations.