Posts by: Sam Riley

Fall’s Rumpus Book Club Selections

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The Rumpus Book Club is proudly presenting Zipper Mouth, Laurie Weeks’s debut novel as our October pick. Published by the Feminist Press, it tells the story of a New York junkie, along with the “exalted night-club epiphanies” and “devastating morning-after hangovers.” And the book comes with a ringing endorsement from Michelle Tea.

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“How to Write a Love Poem”

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“Poetry occupies a cultural space in Contemporary American Society somewhere between Tap Dancing and Ventriloquism.”

How do you claim some of this space as your very own? The Awl has a handy guide on how to construct a love poem, even instructing on the timing of its presentation, the step before the actual writing (staring at the blank paper), using the acrostic method as a prompt, and more!

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Nabokov v. Wilson

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Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson academically quarrel in a series of letters, written to assuage the pain of illness that was afflicting them both.

They’ve got a shared “literary curiosity,” but the specifics of their understanding of Western literature reveal that they mostly just disagreed.

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Bush vs. Simpson and the American Family

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If you’re publicly expressing resentment towards America’s most beloved (animated) family, you should expect a response. Letters of Note published Marge Simpson’s response to Barbara Bush’s declaration that the Simpson’s was “the dumbest thing” she’d ever seen. The subject of what makes the ideal American family is a contentious one, but alas, there is always room for acceptance.

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Rock-Poster Designer Wes Wilson, Interviewed

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Wes Wilson was the rock-poster guru of the 60’s. His designs were used by the Beatles, the Doors and are so site-specifically San Francisco, from those art-filled days where you could rent a room for 30 bucks a month.

He talks about the age of pre-computer designing, 60’s San Francisco and the evolution of his psychedelic aesthetic in this interview with Collector’s Weekly.

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Bookstores, Community, Shoppers and More Community

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Here’s more fuel for the dialogue on brick and mortar bookstores and their integral role in creating and supporting the literary community. HTML Giant’s got a double dose of input on the subject—a video of Matthew Stadler delineating the difference between readers and shoppers, and an essay in The Stranger by Paul Constant, encouraging us to take action.

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Why We Love Jackie O

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The tapes of Jackie O’s interview with Arthur Schlesinger, four months after her husband’s assassination were not supposed to be released until fifty years after her death. Her daughter Caroline Kennedy ended up releasing them early (the result of an ABC deal) and released them in a book, co-authored with the historian Michael Beschloss.

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