Posts by: Julie Greicius

Gayle Brandeis at Salon

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Over at Salon, Gayle Brandeis has a follow-up essay to her personal story, ”Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying,” about her mother’s suicide, published on the Rumpus last month.

“I’ve made passing mention of my mom’s suicide in my writing over the last couple of years, but my first truly raw and open essay about her death came out in the Rumpus last month, and since then, I have felt a new responsibility to be brave.

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The Rumpus Interview with Blindsight Author Chris Colin

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In Blindsight, Chris Colin has written the true story of b-movie-to-blockbuster producer Simon Lewis’s 16-year recovery from a car crash that left him with a pulse, but little else.

Lewis’s new bride was killed instantly, and he lost one-third of the right side of his brain, some of his vision, his ability to organize his memories chronologically, and his Hollywood career just when it had skyrocketed.

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Google’s Morbid Algorithm

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“Google confirmed widespread rumors last night that it will soon launch an invitation-only beta-testing program for its controversial Android phone App, Word Count. According to a press release posted on the Google Lab Team blog, the App will make use of the Lab Team’s recently designed algorithms and a controversial piece of software known as Estimated Time of Death (ETD) to predict how many words a user has left to communicate before the user perishes and dies.”

Forget social networking and privacy fines.

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NY Times Rape Reporting, Redux

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New York Times reporter and bureau chief, James C. McKinley, has co-written with Erica Goode a follow-up article on the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas.

McKinley’s initial coverage of the crime was so inexcusably slanted toward sympathy for the rapists and blame for the victim—both in its selection of quotations and editorial angle—that it unleashed a public outcry here on the Rumpus and across the Internet, including a petition signed by nearly 50,000 people on Change.org demanding an apology by the Times.

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Protecting the “Least Among Us”

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“I asked Wolfgang how long addicts typically had to wait for admission to his clinic. He didn’t understand my question, so I asked again. As I was about to ask a third time, it dawned on me the confusion wasn’t due to language, but to Wolfgang’s inability as a physician to comprehend why any patient should have to wait for treatment.”

Rumpus Women, Vol I, contributor Cheryl Strayed‘s husband, Brian Lindstrom, has written a beautiful, insightful piece about styles of drug treatment and education in Germany and Copenhagen, “Protecting the ‘Least Among Us.’

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Dear Dr. Thompson: The Rumpus Interview with Matthew L. Moseley

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That’s what Hunter Thompson would have really wanted for people to understand, how one little letter can change your life. If you reach out, if you connect to the right person in the right way, it can change things, or get you out of prison.

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Andrew Abbott

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The paintings of Andrew Abbott run a broad, beautiful range of darkness and humor. Several of his paintings remind me of Picasso: “Say No to Durgs” [sic] has all the conflict and chaos of “Guernica,” for example. Others, with their ripe-red color and self-affliction, or even mysterious “Mounds,” feel like Louise Bourgeois.

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