Stephen Elliott

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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The Saddest Story I’ve Ever Read

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“She began to nod. She was holding onto a carton of milk. It would spill. Like diarrhea-in-the-bed all over again. Another mess. The daughter tried to take the carton of milk away. She… held on defiantly.” – From I Want To Live by Thom Jones

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The Daily Rumpus, The Early Years

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I started writing The Daily Rumpus email December 8, 2008, over a month before the actual launch of The Rumpus website. I didn’t think I’d be writing them still more than five years later. Here are the first five.

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The Problem with the Problem with Memoir

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I got an email from a friend yesterday asking me if I’d seen this article on Gawker, Journalism Is Not Narcissism, by Hamilton Nolan. I hadn’t but I was aware of the argument. It’s an easy one to make, that memoir and personal essay are killing journalism.

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The Talent Myth

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I don’t usually publish Daily Rumpus emails online but today I’m making an exception. This email was sent to subscribers on November 2, 2010.

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My Little Brother Ruined My Life

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“Are you a masochist?” It’s the first thing Bosco asks me. He’s fourteen years old now, almost my height, 5′ 8″, creamy white skin, and a small, German nose from my stepmother’s side of the family.

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THE EDITOR’S DESK: Hope For Egypt

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Yesterday there was a blog on HTMLGIANT about apolitical writers. I disagreed with it. First, because The Rumpus has had regular roundups of the news from Egypt. Second, because most serious writers I know are very political, very engaged. I’ve edited three books of political fiction and never had difficulty finding contributors. In 2004 I went […]

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The Drunk Whisperer

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Argentina lost to Germany today and it made me sad. I didn’t know that I cared. But my roommate got Argentina’s national team logo tattooed on his forearm and because I care about my roommate I care about Argentina. He actually went further than the tattoo. He convinced a local bar that never opened before 4pm […]

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San Francisco

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It’s so pretty in San Francisco right now. All the clouds coming in above the blue and pink lights of the 500 Club. There’s the tattoo parlor and the laundrette and close by the bar with the bike rack and Adobe Books where they once organized all the books by color. It’s cold and blowing […]

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Defending Memoir, or, The Problem with Taylor

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Taylor Antrim, author of The Headmaster Ritual, takes easy shots at memoir zeroing in on Nick Flynn’s The Ticking Is The Bomb and Alex Lemon’s Happy. I should say up front that Nick Flynn and I have become friends in recent years, after I championed his first memoir (it’s easy to like someone who loves […]

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The Editor’s Blog

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(note: all of these go out in The Daily Rumpus email, but not all of them are posted on The Rumpus) I’m on a train again, rambling north into New England, contemplating the east coast, the football playoffs (I have $20 on Minnesota). Last night I thought, while watching a reading, He has an energetic […]

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The Editor’s Blog

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(note: all of these go out in The Daily Rumpus email, but not all of them are posted on The Rumpus) I’ve been subscribing to Bob Lefsetz email letter ever since about eight people forwarded something he had written about me. He writes about marketing trends, or actually marketing opinions, mostly around music. Yesterday he […]

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