Posts by: Brian Spears

The Payton James Freeman Essay Prize

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We at The Rumpus are proud to be a part of this essay contest. Please take a look at the submission requirements (note the lack of an entry fee!) and let us take a look at your work.

The Freeman Family, the Drake University Department of English and The Rumpus invite you to submit outstanding unpublished non-fiction essays of up to 3500 words on the subject “After the Unhappy Ending”.

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The Case for Reparations

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The latest issue of The Atlantic Monthly  just went live, and the feature story by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a monster. It’s about making the moral case for reparations, but it expands the conversation surrounding this topic in two ways. The first way it does this is by pointing out, in vivid detail, the way that the exploitation and mistreatment of blacks in the US is an inextricable part of our history and that it continues to this present day.

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The November Rumpus Book Club Roundup

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Most of the time at the Rumpus Book Clubs we get books 3-4 weeks before everyone else does. It’s one of the best reasons to join, along with the opportunity to chat online with group members and with the author at the end of the month, pick her/his brain about their process, about who they’re reading, about whatever.

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A Request to the Poetry Foundation

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As I hope you already know, lots of writers live in less than ideal economic circumstances. Many are self-employed or under-employed, and even with the PPACA (also known as Obamacare) set to go into effect in January, there are still a lot of writers who are a sickness away from, in some cases, complete financial ruin.

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Seamus Heaney: 1939 – 2013

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I was saddened to read the news on my Facebook page this morning (because that’s how we get most of our news these days, from shared stories on social media) of Seamus Heaney’s death at the age of 74. Many friends and acquaintances noted his passing by posting quotes from his poems, or by linking to video or audio of one of his readings, and very few people pulled from the same work, which is a testament to both his reach and to the large body of work he produced in his lifetime.

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“The Sickest, Most Controversial Book of Summer 2013…”

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according to Cosmopolitan won’t officially be out until July 2, but as it’s our pick for The Rumpus Book Club this month, members are already reading it. The book is Alissa Nutting’s Tampa, and Cosmo editor Jessica Knoll interviewed the author about, among other things, what pushed her to write a book about “beautiful, married, 26-year-old middle school teacher Celeste Price [who] unapologetically chronicles her seduction of one of her 14-year-old students.”

Sound like a book you’d like to read?

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The Rumpus Book Clubs Present: Summer Reading!

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Looking for some awesome new books to read this summer? The Rumpus Book Clubs have some great new fiction, non-fiction and poetry selections lined up for members over the next three months. No matter the weather, beachy warmth to, well, whatever you call the middle of the year in San Francisco, and everything in between, here’s what you’ll have a chance to read if you’re a member of the Rumpus Book Club or the Rumpus Poetry Book Club.

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What Others Are Saying About What We’re Reading: A Book Clubs Update

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Rumpus Book Club and Poetry Book Club members have one great advantage over readers everywhere else: you get to read new work before anyone else (except some reviewers) gets to. (You can join at any time.) You get to talk about those books with a host of online members all during the month (around 350 between the two clubs) and best of all, chat with the authors online at the end of the month.

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A Rumpus Book Club Update

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Say you’re a person who needs good books to read, and say you like chatting with people about good books and say you’d like it if some people you trust recommended good books to you and say they’re recommending books before they’re even available in stores.

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Condolences

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It was with great sadness that we heard the news this morning of the passing of Emily Rapp’s son Ronan. Ronan suffered from Tay-Sachs, a genetic disease caused by the absence of a vital enzyme called Hex-A, which causes cells to become damaged, resulting in progressive neurological disorders.

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Election Day Roundup

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It’s finally here, election day, and even if we don’t know who the winner is by the time the west coast polls close (and please, merciful gods, do not make that happen), we do know one thing will end tonight: candidate ads.

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The Politics of Hurricane Sandy

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In our earlier roundup about Hurricane Sandy, we linked to this piece from The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta which quotes Governor Mitt Romney in 2011 at a Republican debate. He was talking about government spending in the context of a concern that FEMA was running out of money for dealing with national emergencies.

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