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
Radio is undergoing the sort of DIY revolution that journalism faced with the advent of blogs. If ‘Out on the Wire’ helps convince the legions of amateur podcasters that good radio is far more than recording hour upon hour of unedited gabbing, it will be not only useful and fun but that much rarer thing: a public service.
This compilation of ’90s DIY punk put out by Rock N’ Roll Parasite is the kind of well-curated survey of a time that we hope all comps will be. The bands on the record aren’t the ones you might think were your underground favorites, to the extent that you might find yourself wondering how good they can be if you hadn’t already heard at least something about them. But that being said, the record kills in that each of the tracks will surprise you into a manic search for each band’s discography, showing you that maybe you don’t know as much as you’d like about this vibrant scene. (more…)
I was without skills or abilities, but I could read. I’m sure the six books a week I was allowed from the prison library helped to keep me alive during that uncertain year, unlike the man in the cell above mine who hanged himself during my first Christmas inside.
Welcome back to the blog mini-series where I write about my experience running a Kickstarter campaign to help release an album.
Things are going amazing! We’re more than 2/3 of the way there and it’s been less than two weeks! We’ve received over one hundred pledges! We got selected as a staff pick (a KickPick, I wish they’d call it, but for some humorless corporate reason they don’t) and the generosity of people pledging and posting about the project has totally blown me away! I am feeling the Big Love!
For my mom and me—who, like all mothers and daughters, sometimes have a difficult relationship—the novels have given us a way to stay in closer touch and a subject to return to and discuss. My mother’s slow translation has worked so well in part because the books are so precise about how reading and writing can ease the seam between two people, or even inside one person.
The gathering had the buoyant atmosphere brought about when people who know each other as online avatars finally share a physical space—and the feeling of fellowship seemed intensified by the knowledge that soon they would have to rejoin the other world, one sadly stripped of mystery.
Over at The Millions, Nick Ripatrazone dives into John Cheever’s “The Swimmer,” a story with well-deserved fame in the literary community, exemplary of Cheever’s style and a perfect read with which to mourn summer’s end.
Alexandra Zapruder writes for Lit Hub on her two decades of work collecting diaries written by teenagers and young adults during the Holocaust, as well as teaching about the wide variety of experiences captured in those diaries.
Following a successful debut at SXSW, Colin Hanks’s documentary on the rise and fall of America’s largest record store, All Things Must Pass, has now released its trailer online. The film features interviews with Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, founder Ross Solomon, and former employee Dave Grohl, and traces the company’s journey from its cocaine-fueled, boozy start to the day when its last locations closed in 2006, forty-six years later. Watch the trailer after the jump, along with an interview with Hanks from the SXSW debut of the film, which is scheduled for theatrical release on October 16th.
Australia’s capitol city is not known as a cultural center, but that might change for Canberra with the opening of Muse, a combination wine bar and bookstore. The hybrid shop will open in Kingston’s East Hotel.
“The year without a summer,” as 1816 came to be known, gave birth not only to paintings of fiery sunsets and tempestuous skies but two genres of gothic fiction. The freakish progeny were Frankenstein and the human vampire, which have loomed large in art and literature ever since.
William J. Broad writes for the New York Times’s science section on a new history of the eruption of Mount Tambora. Mount Tambora, a volcano in present-day Indonesia, experienced a massive eruption in 1815; the result was a global climate event whose effects could be seen in life around the world, even contemporary literature and landscapes.
“If there was one thing I learned from Tess Durbeyfield, Lily Bart, and Constance Chatterly,” writes Gina Di Salvo in the Saturday Essay, “it was not to get trapped.” When Di Salvo becomes a mother, classic works of literature that once provided comfort are reluctantly dropped in favor of the popular children’s film, Frozen. But elements of feminism in the plot make the constant movie screenings easier to bear.
Then, in the Sunday Interview, Ben Tanzer talks to poet Jonathan Travelstead about grief, exercise, writing in isolation, and Travelstead’s collection, How We Bury Our Dead. The author argues that anxiety is “the best tool only when confined to the final stages of the writing process,” but it can be “stifling in the early, creative stages…”