Posts by: Stephen Elliott

I’ll Tell You In Person

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Sunday morning thought: Chloe Caldwell’s new essay collection, I’ll Tell You In Person, is a ray of light. (And, if you purchase an annual subscription to Letters in the Mail this month, you can get a signed copy free!)

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Immovable Feast

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This essay, from Valley of the Dommes, is an un-flinching look at a relationship between a dominant woman who enjoys consensual emotional sadism and a submissive male with extreme desires and unsafe urges. It might be too graphic for many people but it’s an illuminating read that sheds light on more “vanilla” relationships in unexpected […]

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The Great Film Festival Swindle

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“Never pay an entry fee. If they won’t give you a waiver they aren’t interested in the film.”—Programmer for a major film festival

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Kink Positive Therapists Endorsed by The Rumpus

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In New York, Dulcinea Pitagora. She holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from the New School for Social Research and a Master of Social Work from New York University, and is pursuing a PhD in Human Sexuality at Widener University. Pitagora is an LMSW working towards LCSW licensure, and has a practice in New York […]

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David Carr

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David Carr, Times Media Critic, passed away last night at age 58. Here’s an interview I did with Carr after the publication of his memoir, The Night Of The Gun. He will be missed.

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50 Shades of Boycott This Movie

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Jamie Dornan visited a dungeon to help him get into the starring role in 50 Shades of Grey.  Here’s what the open minded actor had to say about it: I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did… whatever they were into… I was like: ‘Come on guys I know I’m not paying […]

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I Haven’t Read This Book

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But check out the website for the novel Us Conductors. It’s probably a very good book, seeing as it’s published by Tin House, and we interviewed the author. Either way, the design and navigation of the site is stunning.

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The Ebola Nurse

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A nurse returning from Sierra Leone, where she had been fighting Ebola, wrote an essay about her quarantine. The New York Times has more details on the story. What was most surprising, though, was following her essay were 3416 comments. She’s called Nurse Bossy. She’s called whiny and arrogant. This is a person who went to Africa to […]

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Isaac And The Tattoo

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Rumpus family member Isaac Fitzgerald has an amazing book coming out. Done in collaboration with Rumpus cartoonist Wendy MacNaughton, Pen And Ink is the story behind the tattoos. Come to the Pen And Ink release party in New York. Check out the book trailer after the break. 

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Worn Stories Book Trailer

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The trailer for the new collection, Worn Stories, a collection of stories about clothing and memory that has been edited by Emily Spivack since 2010. Contributors include Marina Abramovic, Greta Gerwig, Heidi Julavits, John Hodgman, Brandi Chastain, Andrew Tarlow, Piper Kerman, Maira Kalman, Sasha Frere-Jones,and others. A Rumpus exclusive, after the jump:

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Gaza

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So what would you do? Do you think what Israel has done in Gaza these past weeks has made Israel safer (assuming that is the goal). What would you do instead? What’s the path forward with the least misery, the fewest casualties, the most respect for human life?

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When Is Genocide Permissable

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Update. The Times Of Israel is similar to The Huffington Post, with bloggers contributing free content. Though I do worry about the rightward shift Israel had been taking. Still, this article is definitely not representative of Israeli culture. Hamas, on the other hand, has clearly stated genocidal goals regarding Israel. The Times Of Israel published, […]

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