My sister used to accuse me of intellectualizing mental illness when I spoke of our brother’s brain, his schizophrenia, in scientific terms... I never knew how to explain what I felt—that science could be a way of loving something more deeply....more
Everywhere people are shoving things into the ground—time capsules not to be opened until the year 2100, the more optimistic postmarked for 3000—letters to the future in the language of the now. ...more
Sunday 6/26: Enjoy the afternoon in the suburbs with a reading by painter Marley Kaul, whose newest book pairs 77 egg-tempura paintings with letters to his granddaughter. Valley Bookseller in Stillwater presents Letters to Isabella: Paintings by Marley Kaul from 12–1 p.m, free.
Tuesday 6/28: Well into its tenth anniversary season, Queer Voices hosts a special PRIDE reading with a packed lineup of past readers, including: Jessie Chandler, Chelsey Clammer, Venus DeMars, Ben French, Julie Gard, Christina Glendenning, Rachel Gold, Andrea Jenkins, Ellen Krug, Raymond Luczak, Oskar Ly, Nikolas Martell, John Medeiros, Nasreen Mohamed, Michael Moore, Paul Canada Nemeth, Gary Peter, Trina Porte, Sonic Rain, William Reichard, Savannah Schneider, Bradford Tice, Christine Marie, and Chardenai. Minneapolis Central Library, 7 p.m., $5–25 suggested donation.
Monday 6/27: Meg Guroff reads from The Mechanical Horse, an examination of the bicycle’s impact on american life. Guroff is joined by Mark Crispin Miller to discuss the book. McNally Jackson Books, 7 p.m., free.
Jennifer Baker moderates a discussion of Sackett Street Writers Workshop panelists Todd Hunter, Ebony LaDelle, Diana Pho, Connor Goldsmith, and Stephanie Jimenez about the realities of publishing. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.
The interesting thing is that middle-aged women on the search for essence and their license to live can come off as quite provocative characters. Some people regard them as lacking self control—or even worse; they are conceived of as “self absorbed.” A middle-aged woman who’s not preoccupied with handling herself or taking care of someone else is a dangerous, erratic being. What is she up to? And what’s the point of her being up to anything?
The petition urges Congress to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which protects companies that host user sharing from being held accountable for copyright infringement if they take down offending videos or songs when requested by the artist. Given the number of posts that go up daily on sites like YouTube, many artists have found the kind of policing involved in protecting a song from being shared illegally near impossible. (more…)
This week at Recommended Reading, PEN America offers an excerpt from Brazilian author Noemi Jaffe’s novelÍrisz: as orquídeas, which is remarkable for many reasons, one of them being that this is so far the only opportunity to read part of the Portuguese-language novel in English translation. Jaffe’s narrator, Írisz, has fled to Brazil from Hungary after the failed Hungarian Uprising of 1956. In her new country, she works at a botanical garden where she writes unconventional reports on newly discovered orchid species, reports in which the orchids serve as a door into contemplations on freedom and imprisonment, communism, the loved ones she left behind, and even metaphor itself.
This narrative structure is interesting in that nothing really happens. All of the action is in contemplation, which makes for a rather ponderous and cerebral story that in a lesser writer’s hands could bore the reader to sleep. Jaffe, however, sustains the reader with the beauty of her prose, which in his introduction the translator Eric M. B. Becker calls “captivatingly precise, with slow-building lyrical movements that are expertly grounded by a vaguely grim, often pained, tone,” a quality that Becker seems to have faithfully maintained through his translation. (more…)
In case you missed the exciting announcement, we’re having our very own film festival! A one-day event to be held on July 30 in Los Angeles, The Rumpus Lo-Fi Los Angeles Film Festival will screen three films, in addition to the world premiere of Stephen Elliott’s new film, AfterAdderall and two panel discussions.
You can buy individual tickets but we recommend just purchasing an all festival pass. (Or even better, purchase the all festival pass + closing party, which will include booze and a schwag bag, and maybe music, and maybe dancing.)
For full lineup and details, and to purchase all tickets, click here!
For The New Inquiry, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano does a close read of hope—what it is, what it isn’t, and the furtive, metered ways that women and cosmetics companies partake in it:
I long to see a greater embrace of hope. Not necessarily the creams and potions and, yes, the jars; those are incidental to the essence of hope, and if those don’t feel hopeful to you, they have no place in your life. I’ve been bashful about the role of hope in my life, afraid to tell you that i am full of it, afraid that it would make me seem foolish for having it, particularly in the times when my hopes fall flat (which, if you have enough hope, it will at least a few times).
Over at the New Yorker, Dan Chiasson marks the publication of Adrienne Rich’s collected works with an examination of the incredible arc of her life and career. And instead of condemning her many transformations as a kind of flightiness, he reminds us how admirable it is for a person to be able to change as they learn and grow:
Perhaps no American poet who started in the mode of accommodation so abruptly broke ranks, inventing for herself a new kind of discipline whose ethical rigors demanded fresh forms.
Instead of worrying that the entertainment I consumed elevated bad representation, I worried that the entertainment I created did the same. Or that people longing for mirror characters would feel let down by my Asian Girls Doing Stuff the way I had with Jubilee – because while I never thought she was a stereotype, she still wasn’t everything I wanted.
Several bullet journal gurus in that community have built significant online followings by posting photos of their hypnotically beautiful notebook spreads. “It’s pretty insane, I initially started posting photos of my journal on Instagram just to archive my process, and then I started racking up followers,” said graphic designer Ursula Hudson, who has been keeping bullet journals since December 2015 and whose Instagram account boasts more than 12,000 followers, despite featuring only 43 posts.
Writing for Aeon, historian Matthew Champion delves into contemporary research on medieval graffiti. Exploring graffiti (a visual medium) allows for historians to learn more about the actual lives of the medieval world’s largely illiterate populace.
It’s in the new black sign arching over the entrance that says, ‘Never stop dreaming.’ A harmless cliché, but once you know the history of the place, it reads like a memo to the bodies once buried below. Never stop dreaming. Please, don’t let anyone disturb you from your eternal sleep.