Posts by: Andrew Altschul

Reading in the New Year

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Welcome to 2011! What do we call this decade, anyway? Who will win the Super Bowl? What will become of health care reform? How many New York City snowplows does it take to screw in a light bulb? Some questions are impossible to answer. But we asked our favorite writers an easy one: What book will […]

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The Thing Around Your Neck

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In her new short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moves back and forth between two continents the way she has in real life. Adichie depicts contemporary middle class Nigeria, as well as the lives of Nigerian women newly arrived in the United States—wives, girlfriends of Americans, au pairs—adjusting […]

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30 Days, 30 Poems

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National Poetry Month is over, but you can still read great poetry on The Rumpus. We published a new poem every day in April, including work from D.A. Powell, Michelle Tea, Sean Hill, T.R. Hummer, Carolyn Guinzio, Brian Teare, Elizabeth Bradfield, Randall Mann, and many others. In the future, we’ll continue to publish original poems […]

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American Poet Missing

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This one’s not a joke. Poet Craig Arnold has been missing in Japan for three days. The latest news we’ve heard is that the U.S. has sent helicopters and personnel to assist local authorities in searching a small volcanic island where he had been hiking. We’ll update this story as we hear more information.

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STOP WRITING!

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From The New York Times: In these times of plummeting consumer confidence and evaporating labor markets, it is time to address the problem head on. We must now go boldly forward and bail out the writers. Read more…

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One Crazy Motherfucker

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I Have Fun Everywhere I Go Memoirs can be split into two rough camps: those that place their narrator front and center, and those focused on external events. The former narcissistically inflates its protagonist, even when describing misbehavior or abjection – it says my experience is exemplary, my challenges or tragedies can illuminate your life. […]

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Death of a Publishing House

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Less than a year after Houghton Mifflin bought Harcourt, the new entity – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – seems to be collapsing. Two weeks ago, it was announced – and then retracted, and then sorta-kinda reannounced – that HMH was freezing acquisitions (i.e. not buying anymore books). Yesterday, Rebecca Saletan, who unseated longtime Houghton publisher Janet […]

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New! Live! Cornelia Nixon reads fiction…

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Got an hour to listen to an amazing short story? Watch this year’s Pulitzer Prize poet, and former U.S. Poet Laureate, introduce Cornelia Nixon, who reads her short story, “Beach Bunnies,” at UC Berkeley’s Story Hour, on November 6, 2008.

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