Posts by: Claire Rush

Borders Liquidating Nationwide

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Goodbye Borders. The fraught corporation is emptying its stores across the country, finishing up the initial liquidation process that began earlier this year. Read how the disconnect between workers and management, and Borders’ attempt to stop employees from unionizing, led to its ultimate demise.  We hope that small, independently-owned bookstores will come to the forefront […]

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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 […]

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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. The riot […]

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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 […]

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A Meditation on Humiliation

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This beautifully and eloquently written piece by Elizabeth Bachner explores the ways in which we feel and conceptualize the human emotion of humiliation. What is humiliation exactly, and how does it play such a crucial role in literature and in our lives? How do we purge of such an emotion through the act of writing […]

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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 […]

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Attention All Radiohead Fans

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Radiohead has just released a remix series of their latest album, King of Limbs (2011). The band has commissioned some of their favorite contemporary artists to remix tracks from the album, which are now being released every couple of weeks in record stores on limited edition 12″ vinyl, or in MP3 format online on the […]

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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 […]

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With Every New Edition, A New Schema of Labeling

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With the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) due for publication in May 2013, the classification of mental disorders and the categorization of psychiatric definitions is yet again being reviewed, revised, and reworded. Many of us may be asking ourselves, “does changing the label we use […]

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Pump-up Poetry

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How do you pump up before a game? Cheer? Chant? Talk some smack to the rival team? Or…do you read poetry? Bruno Biri, the coach of the French women’s national soccer team, finds his source of inspiration in literature, poetry and music.  Who knew that the words of a 17th century French poet such as […]

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When Literature and Music Become One

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Bringing together different artistic domains, authors merge and connect music with their words on the Book Notes series, featured on largehearted boy. Featured now is the playlist Reif Larsen created for his debut novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.  Which music would you choose for a “very American story” that tells the “traditional coming-of-age, […]

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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 […]

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In all Seriousness

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We’ve been seeing a lot from Roxane Gay lately, on The Rumpus as well as in other literary blog realms.  Ever wondered about her writing process?  See what she has to say about writing in general, as well as about writers who seriously take themselves too seriously.

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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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Struggling Poet? No Worries, There’s An App For That.

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There are now approximately 718 different apps–“PortaPoet”, “Erotic Poems” or “Prose for Bros” just to name a couple– that come up when you search “poetry” on iTunes’ App Store. Nick Laird examines how the fundamental nature of poetry is affected in our ever-globalizing world of the internet.

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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. Ai Weiwei’s […]

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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.  […]

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