Writer and journalist Ben Yagoda addresses today’s recurring writing problems, how to be a sympathetic editor, and why it’s nice to play for Team Yagoda....more
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Today Aimee DeLong reviewed Chuck Klosterman’s new novel, The Visible Man, here at The Rumpus.
Tonight Klosterman is reading at the Booksmith at 7:30pm in San Francisco. See you there?...more
Award-winning author E. L. Doctorow will be reading down in San Jose tonight. Then tomorrow afternoon he will be in conversation with our very own Andrew Altschul.
Here are all of the exciting details at the San Jose State Center for the Literary Arts website....more
Emily Gould (who we interviewed in a Conversation with Writers Braver Than Me) has a new episode of her series Cooking the Books, in which she cooks with writers as they discuss their latest books.
In the latest installment, she juices vegetables with Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch, authors of Ten Walks/Two Talks....more
Last week, the Newspaper Guild, a 26,000-member-strong national union of media workers, called on all unpaid Huffington Post bloggers “to withhold their work.”
The strike asks specifically for an immediate pay schedule for all contributors. Read their official press release. As you may have noticed, we have discussed the recent purchase of HuffPo by AOL and the ethical implications of working for a corporation for free....more
Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, Before Night Falls, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) has a new film, Miral, about a young girl in Jerusalem. That’s exciting, right?
When the United Nations decided to screen the film, the American Jewish Committee condemned the screening and said the fim was unfairly biased against Israel....more
On Tuesday morning the University of San Francisco closed their radio station, KUSF. More precisely, they sold the bandwidth. We don’t really understand what it means to sell an FCC license, but the station is off the air, to be replaced by a non-commercial classical station....more
As I concluded in Modern Reader #2, I really enjoyed Ten Walks/Two Talks, the recent volume from Ugly Duckling Presse of the meandering conversations between Andy Fitch and Jon Cotner. The duo are in LA this week, reading four times(!) with the likes of Grace Krilanovich, Anna Joy Springer, Tom Lutz, and Maggie Nelson....more
Opening Lines discusses the origins and first trys of now-famous writers and other figures. Their tag line reads: “How the famous and infamous got their start.” Some of my favorite’s include that Flannery O’Connor couldn’t spell, Steve Jobs started out making illegal phones long before the iPhone, and Jennifer Egan thinks she got famous too fast – to her detriment....more