This week, a story at Smokelong Quarterly instructs us on how to become a new person. The title of Rebecca Bernard’s story, “How to Be Another Person in Five Days,” plays humorously with the trope of familiar self-help programs and fad diets that promise a “new you” in x amount of time, but the story itself is anything but light and fluffy....more
We love Girls Write Now, a community of professional women writers and media makers on a mission: for 18 years, their award-winning programs have provided creative and academic guidance, support, and opportunities for young writers in New York City.
And the program is looking for its 2017-18 mentors!...more
Wednesday 5/24: David Brazil celebrates the release of Holy Ghost, his third full-length collection. He will be in conversation with Julien Poirier, co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse. Free, 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore....more
When Sandra A. Miller’s sister gets cancer, the family looks to their similar sense of humor as a way to power through in an essay on Literal Latte.
Here at The Rumpus, Leslie Jill Patterson looks at the unprecedented action on death row in Arkansas and the ways we try to reassure ourselves in matters of state-sanctioned murder....more
Will return Friday. Be good to each other....more
A bookstore display for Ivanka Trump’s new book was rearranged to more accurately reflect the first daughter.
California legislators might amend a fraudulent memorabilia law championed by Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill in order to allow authors to sign their books....more
Facebook has been letting advertisers target users at their most vulnerable.
Also: never forget that while people have been arguing about political correctness, there’s been an unprecedented spike in white supremacist actions on college campuses.
Sometimes, amidst all this bleakness, you just want to look at pictures of giant monuments....more
We’re hungry for more writing from Rumpus readers, so we’re now accepting submissions for our next Readers Report!
Through the month of July, we’ll be looking at what it does and doesn’t mean to be a patriot. So this time around, we’re asking you to tackle the theme “The New Patriot.”
Please send your submissions, maximum 400 words, to Susan Clements at silentjoy2001 AT yahoo.com....more
Welcome to the age of flammable ice.
Staying in china for a second: a ghost city in the sand comes to life.
Photographing the architectural skeletons of Spain.
Maybe you’d like to look at the archival photos behind the book Killers of the Flower Moon?...more
Vivien Goldman and Sarada Rauch join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.
Sunday 5/21: Tobias Carroll, Julia Strayer, Bruna Dantas Lobato, M’Bilia Meekers, and Piper Weiss join the Pigeon Pages reading series....more
Saturday 5/20: Join Chicago historical mystery writers Susanna Calkins, Cheryl Honigford, Michelle Cox, and D.M. Pirrone, as they gather for a lively panel discussion about their work and all things mystery!...more
In the fallout from the 2016 presidential election, an election that revealed America as a country more viciously and zealously divided than many of us previously thought, it has become difficult to foster much (or any) compassion for those on the opposite side of the divide....more
In these dark times Medieval Death Bot is the hero we need.
Hey at least climate change is making Antarctica greener.
Someday I would like to be a smell archivist.
The important questions: how much bubble wrap does it take to wrap a whale heart?...more
OBVIOUSLY the most important news of the week is that the Dutch King has secretly been a commercial airline pilot this whole time.
We all wish we were in a 1980s subway world sometimes.
Post-Soviet architecture (is pretty cool).
Inside the world of Myanmar’s jade mining industry....more
Noriko Nakada writes with mesmerizing beauty on outrunning her darkness for Catapult.
In the latest TORCH installment at The Rumpus, Nadia Owusu traces the inherited trauma in her family’s history....more
Amazon is creating a new uproar by allowing online booksellers to buy the “buy” button and sell unwitting consumers used books as new.
The Bay Area remains a literary haven thanks to the independent stores like City Lights....more