Posts by: Hannah Kingsley-Ma

What To Do With An MFA

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Over at The Millions, writer Nick Ripatrazone offers his advice on what to do once you’ve graduated with a MFA: teach high school.

Ripatrazone makes the argument that a career in secondary education can often times be a more conducive fit to the life and routine of an aspiring writer than the adjunct professorial positions sought after by many recent graduates.

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT STEVE ALMOND’S TAXES

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“Further questions should be referred to my accountant, the aforementioned Marty, who is no longer employed by H&R Block and who was, last time I checked, living in a small cardboard domicile outside Davis Square.”

In response to Mitt Romney’s recalcitrance to release more of his tax returns, Rumpus columnist and author Steve Almond has provided Boston’s NPR affiliate radio station WBUR with his own returns — complete with explanatory notes that give financial transparency a new meaning.

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Look Closer

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Yesterday marked the fortieth anniversary of the launch of Landsat, America’s longest running Earth-imaging satellite program.

Since the NASA-run program began in 1972, Landsat has captured more than three million images of our planet. To look at some particularly stunning photographs taken by the satellite (pictures chosen through Nasa’s ‘Earth as Art’ contest), click here.

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Olympic Poetics

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“It’s easy to say poets are attracted to sport for reasons that have something to do with form. I’m sure that’s true, but I also think that it has something to do with the possibility of failure and, in the case of many Olympic sports, the fact that nobody really watches what you do most of the time .

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“Just a Bunch Of City Kids Climbing a Mountain . . .”

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That’s the slogan for Washington II Washington, an annual week-long camping trip started by FOUND magazine editor Davy Rothbart.

The coming trip will take kids from inner-city Washington D.C. and Southeast Michigan to Monogahela State Park in West Virginia. Washington II Washington is dedicated to the memory of Emmanuel Durant, Jr., a close friend and neighbor of Rothbart’s in Southeast Washington D.C.

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A NEW KIND OF NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY

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The New York Times writes about community-generated libraries that are popping up on sidewalks across the country.

Little Free Libraries are small wooden boxes full of books with latched glass doors, slanted roofs and a sign that reads “Take a Book and Leave a Book.” You can purchase the posts directly from Little Free Library or build your own; each new library is asked to pay $25 to register with the nonprofit organization.

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A Literary Take on America’s Sacrifice Zones

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Check out this audio slideshow of author Chris Hedge’s and graphic journalist Joe Sacco’s newest endeavor, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (June 2012).

Hedge and Sacco traveled across America to document different sacrifice zones – “areas that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement.” The book glimpses into the lives of people residing in impoverished regions of South Dakota, West Virginia, New Jersey and more – ending with a depiction of the Occupy movement in Zuccotti Park.

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AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

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Devoted fans of Ai Weiwei this side of the Pacific have reason to celebrate: Alison Klayman’s documentary on the celebrated Chinese artist is scheduled to premiere in U.S. theatres on July 27th.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry follows the artist over the course of several months, including in the aftermath of his outspoken critique of the Chinese government’s handling of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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Whose Opinion Is Missing?

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Talking Points Media reports on the deficit of female op-ed writers, citing an assessment conducted by The OpEd Project.

The article quotes Katherine Lanpher, a member of the organization, who tells the website: “We are seeing that women aren’t narrating the world, even though they’re half of the world.” TPM cites the Byline Survey, writing “women authored thirty-three percent of op-eds in new media publications and twenty percent of the op-eds in traditional media during a twelve-week period last year.” Op-eds are stratified by content too – only eleven percent of the opinions written on the economy during this time were produced by women.

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“Twitter For Authors”

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The LA Times reports that Twitter has released a how-to-manual titled “Twitter for Authors.”

The guide details six tips particularly geared towards writers, some of which include the not-so-helpful “Be Authentic, Be Yourself,” and “Above All, Have Fun.” Nowadays many authors use the social networking site as a means of self-promotion, and entire transcontinental book clubs have sprung from its 140 character limit.

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WAL-MART-TURNED-LIBRARY

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The Los Angeles Times details a former Wal-Mart that has been converted into the “largest single-story library in the country.”

The McAllen Public Library, located in a Texan town right on the border of Mexico, is reportedly larger than two football fields and has been scooping up architectural awards for its remarkable use of converted space (did you know there is a competition specifically for library interior design?) You can read more about the transformation here.

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