Posts by: Rebecca Rubenstein

Longform Sex Work Love

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Over at Longform, contributing editor Elon Green and Tits and Sass editor Josephine H. compiled a list of must-read articles about the current state of the American sex industry, called “The Longform Guide to Sex Work.” We’re extremely pleased that longtime Rumpus contributor and columnist Antonia Crane has been included on that list, for her […]

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“Why Am I Waiting on The Approval of People I Don’t Know?”

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“It’s 2011. There’s a shoebox under my desk filled with rejection letters. In defiant bold letters I’ve labeled it Reasons to Keep Writing.” Over at The Outlet, writer and recent Rumpus interviewee Nathaniel Kressen chronicles his journey from frustrated to fulfilled as he took matters into his own hands and self-published his first novel. With […]

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When The Private Becomes The Professional

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“Will social media kill writers’ diaries?” So asks Rumpus contributor Michele Filgate, in a Salon piece that examines the growing usage of Twitter, Facebook, and other public outlets to allow readers to eavesdrop on the personal thoughts and process of being a writer. Opinions from Matt Bell, Jess Walter, Caroline Leavitt, and others round out Filgate’s […]

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“Orange Is The New Black”

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If you’ve been keeping tabs on Netflix’s new brand of television, you’ve probably been anticipating the premiere of Orange is the New Black. What you may not know is that the series, about a woman who is incarcerated after she is caught running money for an international heroin gang, is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of […]

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Author Sexts

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If you’re looking for a fun and clever way to waste time at work today, it might be worth participating in Electric Literature‘s Author Sexting Hashtag Contest on Twitter. Here are the rules: Embody the voice of your favorite writer in a sext (or sext-up a title) and tweet it at @electriclit with #authorsexts before 8 pm (EST) […]

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Lars Iyer

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I’m to be his guide in the mountains of Kirkegaard, W. says. His sherpa. I’m to carry his things. What should he bring? His learning, W. says. His years of study in the philosophy of religion. He’ll instruct me as we climb, W. says. He’ll point things out, and when he gets tired, I can give […]

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California Voting Guides

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If you live in California, haven’t voted yet, and are still questioning those poorly-worded propositions, don’t fret: KQED has got your back. Compiled by KQED News and The California Report, the NPR affiliate presents voters with an immensely easy-to-understand ballot measure guide. Nonpartisan in nature, the guide cuts through the mumbo-jumbo and complicated language, and […]

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2012 US Presidential Election FAQ

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After you read Brian Spears’s excellent take on our current political climate and why government is actually, in fact, important, get yourself acquainted with everything you need to know about participating in this year’s election. Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig, compiled this immensely helpful FAQ, which covers topics such as where you can vote […]

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“What’s Eating Jami Attenberg?”

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This month’s Rumpus Book Club author and contributor Jami Attenberg got some love over at Interview Magazine today. In “What’s Eating Jami Attenberg?”, the writer talks shop about her latest novel, The Middlesteins, and also puts in a good word for chivalry in art: “…that’s totally tied into who I am as a writer. But I think of being […]

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Weekend Essay Roundup

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It’s officially autumn! We welcome you to think about scarves, soup, and playing in giant piles of leaves, but maybe after reading the three great essays we published this weekend first: Matthew Salesses tackles singular models of racial identity—and so much more—in a follow-up to his previous Rumpus essay, “Different Racisms: On Jeremy Lin and […]

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Fail Better

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“Then again, you might not be the funny type. How about making the rejection letter poignant, depressing, or even hurtful? Push the envelope. Your audience is a bunch of bored writers begging for a little drama in their pathetic lives. Never be sort of poignant! Depress and hurt the fuck out of somebody! (Don’t be afraid to use profanity!) […]

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“What They Came For Was To Kill Me”

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Maybe if I’d participated more when I was a student, I’d have had a well formed outlook about who people really are, and I would have better grasped evil. I wouldn’t have committed as many errors as I have. I knew that people in Colombia killed, but I never thought that people I knew would […]

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To Give A Girl Her Voice Back

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“I lose faith daily. Still. I don’t ever have “writer’s block” (I’m not ever sure I believe in it), but I do let writing go all the time. I now understand that’s just part of my personal process, and I embrace it. There are non-writing times and writing times. Like ocean waves. It is enough.” […]

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Weekend Essay Roundup

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Happy Labor Day, everyone! We hope you’re able to take it easy today. If you’re planning on knocking around the Rumpus for a bit, check out these fantastic essays we posted over the weekend. You won’t regret it: Jake Cline remembers Beth Orton’s Central Reservation, and why shared music taste shouldn’t necessarily be a relationship dealbreaker. Steve […]

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The Writerly Appetite

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Did you know Jean-Paul Sartre was obsessed with halva? Or that Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf could have indulged a carb overload with one of their homemade loaves of bread? Over at The Hairpin, Jane Hu puts together a glossary of favored foods by famous writers. Hu covers everything from caffeine addiction, to the chewing […]

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Faces of Addiction Revisited

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Back in March, we published a post on Chris Arnade’s “Faces of Addiction” project, which explores the stories of addicts living in New York City through a combination of photography and text. Earlier this month, Arnade wrote a piece on his Tumblr defending the project, and specifically criticism of his reputation for “touching up” subjects […]

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