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The Rumpus Interview With Joel Stein

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At age 27, Joel Stein was hired by Time magazine as a staff writer. In many ways, Stein quickly turned the decades-old publication — revered, traditional, dry — on its head, infusing it with youthful energy and sardonic humor.

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A Video Series on YouTube

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Here’s something I haven’t seen before. An interesting, really interesting, web series featuring America Ferrera. Is this the direction of television though? Will we watch video series online that are not funny, that are not meant to stand alone? These are dramatic and well done with eight episodes posted so far out of twelve total.

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Many Magazines, One Tablet App

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Meet Next Issue Media: a newsstand tablet app that will allow you to read multiple magazines from a five major publishers all in one place.

The app will start out with 32 titles–including big names like the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Time, Elle, Wired, and Fortune, but hopes to gain more.

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Images of War

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In an interview at the New Statesmen, photojournalist Don McCullin reveals his thoughts on image fatigue, his age, religious convictions, and voting habits.

“Where I grew up, most of the people gravitated to becoming criminals. I was surrounded by criminal elements and violence and things like that.

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A Rejoinder to Hate (or Why I Love The Rumpus)

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A few weeks ago, I made arguably the biggest splash of my modest writing career: a paid publication on the virtual cover of the lefty web magazine, Salon.com. The piece was a pared-down version of a narrative essay I had been shopping around for some time, the story of a Woofing (volunteer farming) trip my girlfriend and I took two summers ago to Alabama, Texas, and New Mexico.

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Bella Santorum

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Moral problems that do not fit tidily into preconceived ideas are fascinating and a good way to occupy oneself in the years of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Moral problems, when sufficiently complex, require complicated sentences, and I enjoy complicated sentences.

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Fleshbot For Sale

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“Gawker Media chief Nick Denton told All Things D this morning that Fleshbot ‘Just hadn’t fit for a long long time’ but that he held onto the property ‘because [he was] slow to realize the inevitable.'”

First of all, that’s what she said. 

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Feminist Blogging

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“Back in the seventies, feminists touted the slogan ‘the personal is political,’ arguing that women had been trained to dismiss their own struggles as personal matters with no greater meaning. If women could share stories, they would find patterns. They could be allies instead of rivals.”

NY Mag studies how blogging has helped feminism.

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Almond and Maron

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“Author Steve Almond shows Marc that writers can be just as tortured and self-doubting as comedians. The two of them discuss the highs and lows of a writer’s creative process.”

Marc Maron, Rumpus friend (who has been interviewed on Rumpus Radio), features Rumpus columnist Steve Almond in his latest WTF Podcast.

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The NYT Offends with its Sunday Book Review of Zone One

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A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star, right?  Well that’s what New York Times book reviewer Glen Duncan thinks.

In his Sunday Book Review of Colson Whitehead’s complex new zombie novel, Zone One, Duncan sets the parallel between dating porn stars and what he initially perceives as slumming in genre fiction, and lets the rest of the review ride on the back of this comparison. 

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