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Posts by: Claire Rush

Can Legalizing Drugs be a Solution for the Violence in Mexico?

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Some Mexican politicians and public officials–in addition to a significant portion of the Mexican public–believe that it is “time to go back to a policy of peaceful co-existence with the cartels”.

With the death toll perpetually on the rise (around 3,000 deaths in 2007 to almost 20,000 in 2010), people are starting to question whether the government’s violent frontal attack on drug cartels is really accomplishing anything.

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Using Facebook to Incite Riots now Punishable by Law in the UK

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Two young adult males–Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22–both just received four-year sentences for using Facebook to incite a riot in their Cheshire hometown that never happened.  Despite the announcement over Facebook concerning the riots that were purportedly going to occur, no one showed up to these locations apart from the police.

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The Art of Postcard Writing

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How many postcards have you written (or received) this summer? This minimal art form, caught up in our hyper-digital world of e-mail, facebook, and cell phones, seems to be slowly but surely disappearing.  Read Charles Simic’s reflections on this “lost art”; maybe it will inspire you to send some snail mail the next time you embark on a journey of sorts.

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Reviews for the last book we featured in our Rumpus Book Club!

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Are you a part of the Rumpus book club? Remember last month’s book, Christopher Boucher’s debut novel How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive?

Well, its starting to get great reviews out there.  This post on The Millions has referred to the novel as “a surrealist’s guide” full of strange, dazzling, yet heartwarming prose that seems to pleasantly surprise many readers who were initially skeptical of the novel’s surrealist bent.

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Look Out For Goode’s New Novel

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Rumpus contributor Laura Goode, (the most recent contribution being “Albums of Our Lives: Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black”), has just published her first novel. Kudos!

Sister Mischief, in which a “gay suburban hip-hopper freaks out her Christian high school–and falls in love–in this righteously funny and totally tender YA debut, for real,” is described by Goode as her personal “feminist love letter to my own mischievous sisters.” If you enjoy supporting Rumpus writers and talented contributors, get the word out about this awesome new female author that’s rockin’ the scene, or dig your nose into a copy!

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What do you do, and how do you do it?

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Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work is an anthology of short stories edited by Richard Ford that chronicle the ways in which our jobs–what we “do”–is inextricably intertwined with how we define ourselves–who we “are”.

This collection of stories leads us through a literary realm in which we can consider the “hazy space between what we do and what we think we can do.” How do you reconcile your job with other facets of your life?

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I’m on a Boat

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Fear not, the saddening disappearance of independent bookstores is being countered by literature lovers all over the globe.

The Book Barge, brainchild of Sarah Henshaw, is a canal boat turned bookstore that flows leisurely on the UK’s canal network.  See how this “buoyant business” stays afloat and provides readers with a more pleasurable shopping and literary experience.

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Next Up in the Tradition of Sadomasochistic Erotic Literature: Ariel Sands

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Ariel Sands, the pseudonym of an internationally known nonfiction writer, is now exploring the fictional domain.

Her first novel, Never the Face: A Story of Desire, explores sadomasochistic obsession through a sexually graphic narrative.  Read what the author has to say about writing, gender, human sexuality, and the tradition of sadomasochistic literature.

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An Artist’s Release

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Ai Weiwei, a prominent Chinese artist openly critical of the Chinese Communist Party, has been released from prison after a three-month detention.

To add to his international  acclaim and recognition, the blog he started in 2006 (which was shut down in 2009 by the Chinese authorities) is now being published by MIT Press.

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Regarding John Ross’ Ashes: A Very Specific Request

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Let’s collectively remember John Ross, a “relentless political and literary experimenter” with revolutionary tendencies.

Best known for his book Murdered by Capitalism and his coverage of the Zapatistas movement in Mexico, where he spent a significant portion of his life, Ross wandered the globe from San Francisco to Peru to Iraq, documenting his insurrectionist journeys.  One of his last requests?  To have his family mix his ashes “with marijuana and have them rolled into a spliff to be smoked at his funeral.”

(via Arts & Letters Daily)

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