Posts by: Hannah Kingsley-Ma

Enough About the Cheaters

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This past week has seen its fair share of breaking stories about cheating. Giants’ fans were saddened to hear about the downfall of Melky Cabrera, whose performance-enhancing drug scandal was made all the more sordid by recent allegations of an elaborate cover-up attempt. Scrabble enthusiasts were equally disappointed to learn that this year’s National Scrabble […]

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What We’re Missing

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If you’ve ever wondered about a particular brand of wit in France or what it means to be perpetually unlucky in Yiddish, Mental Floss has a list of eleven wonderful idioms with no direct English translations. Read them here.

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Fiction Blurred in Oakland

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The LA Times reports that a Bay Area bookstore will be transformed into a pop-up record shop this coming September, in connection with the release of East Bay author Michael Chabon’s forthcoming novel Telegraph Avenue. Diesel Bookstore is an independent bookstore in Oakland, the city in which Chabon’s book is set. It will become Brokeland […]

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In Defense of Lolo Jones

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Much controversy has been sparked over the recent media attention being bestowed on the American hurdler Lolo Jones. Jones, who placed fourth in this Olympics’ 100-meters hurdle competition, has been a figure of debate since the New York Times wrote an scathing article about her reliance on image to win endorsement deals and garner national […]

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Community Bookstore 2.0

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The Washington Post reports on the efforts to save a bookstore near and dear to the hearts of many Bay Area residents. Until its first closure in 2005, Kepler’s Books had been a Menlo Park institution since it’s founding in 1955.  Kepler’s was a mainstay in the 1960’s counterculture movement – the bookstore was started […]

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Notable San Francisco: 8/6-8/13

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This week in San Francisco . . . Monday 8/6 – Quiet Lightening will be having a reading at the Conservatory of Flowers as part of their summer series The Greenhouse Effect. Doors open at 6:30pm so people can peruse the assorted flora and fauna before the 7:30pm show. Tuesday 8/7 – Head down to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Art of the Book Blurb

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How many methods are there to be uniquely flattering? Over at The Kenyon Review, poet and Rumpus contributor Jake Adam York takes a stab at naming the different ways to sing one’s literary praises. (Via The New Yorker) 

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#REALTALK RETURNS

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Ann Friedman, former executive editor of GOOD magazine and current staffer at Tomorrow, has relocated her much beloved blog #realtalk from your editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. It’s there that you can find sage advice about media new and old with the assistance of quips and gifs. To read the recent Rumpus interview with […]

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BOB ROSS MOMENT OF THE DAY

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PBS is teaming up with Symphony of Science to remix old PBS classics. Devoted fans of the television network will recognize the distinctive head of hair on the star of their latest song – it’s a tribute to the late painter and host of “The Joy of Painting,” Bob Ross. The video is three minutes […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Tiny Beautiful Things Round-Up

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“’In the end, Tiny Beautiful Things is a guide for anyone who is lost, and those who only think they might be.” That’s an excerpt from today’s San Francisco Chronicle review of Cheryl Strayed’s new collection of Dear Sugar columns, Tiny Beautiful Things. People all over the internet are showing their love for the new book. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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