Posts by: Jeremy Hatch

Lydia Davis Lecture in SF, Cheap to Rumpus Readers

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Our friends over at the Center for the Art of Translation are extending a special offer to San Francisco Rumpus fans to see Lydia Davis at the Verdi Club next Wednesday, at a large discount. Davis probably needs no introduction here. She’s an insouciant tactician of the English language — a writer of extraordinary short […]

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Spalding Gray Review in Cineaste

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Cineaste Magazine has published a long, considered review of the new documentary by Stephen Soderbergh about Spalding Gray, And Everything Is Going Fine. The film consists entirely of footage of Gray himself, either performing his monologues or being interviewed. The reviewer, David Sterrit, takes a positive view of the film overall, describing it at one […]

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Burroughs Doc A Man Within Giveaway

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The recent documentary about William S. Burroughs, A Man Within, was released on DVD last week, and its distributor, Oscilloscope Labs, sent us a copy to give away to one lucky Rumpus reader! It’s a fascinating documentary that reveals a more private, sensitive picture of Burroughs than we’re used to. Click through for further details […]

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Music Man Murray

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Friend of the Rumpus Richard Parks is Kickstarting a documentary short about “Music Man” Murray Gershenz, LA’s premier rare-vinyl dealer. He’s put his entire collection up for sale at $500,000 — much of it is literally priceless, but he originally valued it at $5 million. However, so far he has not found a buyer. Parks […]

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Bernal Heights Film Crawl

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If you live in San Francisco, you might want to check out the Film Crawl on Cortland this Friday night. Yes, the website is a little cheesy, but the offerings look really cool. The idea behind it is that five local businesses will show a program of short films by local filmmakers (and we have […]

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2010 Amanda Davis Highwire Award Now Open

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The memorial award established by McSweeney’s in 2004, the Amanda Davis Highwire Award, is now open to applicants again. The award “is intended to aid a young woman writer of 32 years or younger who both embodies Amanda’s personal strengths—warmth, generosity, a passion for community—and who needs some time to finish a book in progress. […]

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James Franco’s Insane Anti-Career

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If you’re looking for a long profile of a celebrity to read this weekend (and why wouldn’t you be?) you should choose this one: Sam Anderson’s profile of James Franco in New York magazine. You should read it just based on its literary merit: I have the feeling this profile will soon be regarded as […]

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Opium and LDM in England

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The Guardian ran a big feature today about the “new wave of literary events” in England, which highlights Todd Zuniga’s Opium and the Literary Death Match. (Matches are being held in Edinburgh and London on August 10th and 11th, respectively.)

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Farewell to Pindeldyboz

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A couple months ago the litmag Pindeldyboz announced that it would be going dark and looking for a way to keep everything published in it available somehow: now the site is updated with their Farewell Edition.

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Rachel Shukert Interview at SMITHMAG

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Rachel Shukert is coming out with a new book this week, Everything is Going to Be Great, a memoir of her years in Europe, and SMITHMAG has published a thought-provoking and funny interview with her. In 2003 Shukert went to Vienna to be in an experimental play and after that was over, ended up settling […]

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A Little More of the Tao

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The Atlantic just did a little piece about Tao Lin here. Apropos of an article Lin published a couple weeks ago about being arrested for trespassing, the Atlantic’s Hua Hsu writes: “The piece gives you a good sense of Lin’s writerly persona—his prose is placid, spare, vaguely hypnotic, “possibly” “ironic,” and he’s faintly self-obsessed but in […]

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12th and Delaware

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Over at Mother Jones, Rumpus volunteer and Mother Jones intern Maddie Oatman has published a review of the abortion-rights documentary 12th and Delaware, the new film from the makers of Jesus Camp: “The new documentary 12th and Delaware, which premiered last night on HBO, presents a fly-on-the wall view inside two organizations in Fort Pierce, […]

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Crain on Freud

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Caleb Crain has been re-reading and blogging Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams: “Two forces meet the reader of the Interpretation: Freud’s authority and his charm. Are they monsters? Seducers? Has-beens? The authority interferes before the book is even picked up. One reads Freud because one has heard of him; at last one has decided to make […]

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Presumed Guilty Online

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Today is the last day you can watch Presumed Guilty for free online, I just found out — through midnight tonight. The documentary is about the shockingly corrupt Mexican justice system, which has no juries and no presumption of innocence, and crimes are often “solved” by grabbing the first hapless poor person off the street […]

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Art From Behind

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Kathy Grayson is the director of Deitch projects, and I recently found out about her entertaining and interesting blog Art From Behind. You don’t read it, really; each post consists of tons of pictures of art she’s been looking at and things she’s been doing, with a line or two of hilarious commentary for each […]

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Kolmanskop, Namibia, Slowly Sinking Under Sand

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Atlas Obscura published an amazing pictorial today of this Namibian diamond-rush town, which was founded in 1908 and was completely abandoned by 1960. Check out the description: “Residents of Kolmanskop accumulated enough wealth to build an entire town influenced by German aesthetics, replete with ballrooms, bowling alleys, mansions, and the first x-ray machine south of […]

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A Tale from the Trenches

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Today the Awl published a long essay by Richard Morgan about his seven years as a freelancer, which I read this afternoon. It’s a worthwhile if sobering read, and really entertaining: the subtitle is “How to Make Vitamin Soup,” if that gives you any idea of the circumstances he describes. It so happens that I […]

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A View of the Long Form

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Kevin Kelly recently published a review of the journalism website Long Form, which seeks to promote long-form journalism by making it easier to find and read articles online or on portable devices. Kelly says that Long Form “points to the best long form articles appearing anywhere in print, and also collects the great magazine articles […]

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The Collins Almanac is Back!

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Friend of the Rumpus and all around cool guy Paul Collins has revived the Collins Almanac on the McSweeney’s iPhone app: “After six years of slumber (I prefer to call it “deep cogitation”) the Almanac is back as an exclusive on the McSweeney’s iPhone App. It is, exactly as you’d imagine, basically me puttering about […]

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David Mamet, Crypto-Conservative All Along?

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Not long ago David Mamet admitted that he is a conservative, and in his latest book,  Theatre, he attempts to integrate his newly articulated politics into his view of the theater. But as Terry Teachout points out in this essay for Commentary: “The only unexpected thing about this conclusion is that it took the author […]

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Interviewers, as Seen by Novelists

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The B&N Review has published an amusing piece by Tom LeClair about the way interviewers of novelists are portrayed in novels by DeLillo, Roth, Coetzee and Bolano — and LeClair describes his own experiences from the trenches of interviewing artists. (via Conversational Reading)

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