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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 audacious 2012 Rumpus piece “Paying to Play: Interview with a John.”

Congratulations to Antonia!

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Voices From The Government Shutdown

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What do you do if you live in Washington, D.C. in the midst of a federal government shutdown that leaves 800,000 people out of work and affects millions of others? If you’re Sean Carman, a writer, environmental lawyer, and longtime Rumpus contributor, you take to the streets and interview the residents whose lives have been at a standstill for the past two weeks.

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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 the same name.

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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) tonight.

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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.

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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 (if you don’t already know), what you need to know if you’re planning on gambling on the election (yes, we do mean placing bets), voter fraud, and the statistical likelihood of your vote making or breaking an election if you live in a swing state. There’s also loads of charts, graphs, links to fact-checking websites, and other useful items, so that you can wake up next Tuesday as informed as possible.

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“It’s Not A Zero Sum Game”

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“I think in general writers are pretty nice to each other. And it’s not a zero sum game. I think that people understand that there’s always room for another good writer. I mean there is not a fixed amount of success to go around – it’s an ever-expanding and expandable quantity.”

Some wise words from Susan Orlean, who is interviewed today over at Freerange Nonfiction.

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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 How The Rules of Racism Are Different for Asian Americans.”

Zoe Ruiz meets a Kink.com star, who also happens to be her long-time porn crush, and experiences an intense collision of fantasy and reality.

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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!

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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 be capable of going so far.

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