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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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Nothing But the Facts

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“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” Anderson Cooper comes out. (Hooray!)

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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. An unlimited subscription of all monthly magazines […]

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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. And all the boys, they notched up quite […]

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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 […]

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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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“Baghdad Country Club”

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Rumpus bud Josh Bearman tells the tale of the Baghdad Country Club. You can preview the story before scooping it up at The Atavist and check out an excerpt here. “Welcome to a place where even beer runs are a matter of life and death. As the Iraq War draws to an official close, Joshuah […]

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Derek Boogaard

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The New York Times has published a fascinating (and heartbreaking) three-part examination of the life and death of professional hockey player/enforcer Derek Boogaard. From childhood dreams to devastating addiction and brain damage, reporter John Branch’s bloody but beautiful profile of “The Boogeyman” is not to be missed.

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Erin Rose’s Tech Links

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So apparently Siri’s (the new iPhone software) inability to direct women to an abortion clinicis just an *accidental* glitch. This ridiculous anti-piracy video (which compares bootlegging digital media to child labor & drug trafficking) is basically Reefer Madness, 2011. Google’s revenue this year is more than the GDP of the 28 smallest countries combined… and […]

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Erin Rose’s Tech Links

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This software can tell you how dramatically a photo has been digitally altered. The editors of fashion magazines are shaking in their boots. Apparently your printer could be hacked and set on fire. Facebook’s about to go public. The British Library just opened its online archive of over 300 years of newspapers. Awesome. If you […]

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TIME Difference

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Americans are oftentimes painted as ethnocentric and unaware of global issues,  and this interesting photo, comparing cover images of Time Magazine for U.S. residents versus the rest of the world, isn’t helping.

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Erin Rose’s Tech Links

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So now facebook has a phone. Apple now owns several porn domains that could potentially be affiliated with the company’s trademarks. Somehow I doubt they’ll be making their own iPhone porn. The US public is willing to accept experts’ consensus on climate change, for the most part… sadly, most of the public just doesn’t know […]

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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.  Secondly, Fleshbot’s for sale!

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Steve Jobs the “Tweaker”

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“I’ll know it when I see it. That was Jobs’s credo, and until he saw it his perfectionism kept him on edge.” Malcolm Gladwell examines (what be believes to be) “the real genius of Steve Jobs.”

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Erin Rose’s Tech Links

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Should the FCC carry the Emergency Broadcast System over to social networks? Common sense says yes. It’s easy to forget the Internet actually comes from somewhere, namely data centers like these. This “flirtatious” dress changes the transparency of its fabric based on the heart rate of the wearer. It’s November, but let’s hunt for Easter […]

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Erin Rose’s Tech Links

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The government thinks it can track anyone using GPS 24/7 without a warrant… here’s hoping the Supreme Court says differently. Republic Wireless unveils a new, contract-free $19/month cell plan that relies heavily on existing WiFi networks… AWESOME. British computer whizzes begin a cutting-edge computing project… oh wait, no, they’re building a 1830’s Babbage analytical engine. Wired […]

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Erin Rose’s Tech Links

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Julian Assange lost his appeal to British courts and is facing extradition to Sweden. Hactivism fail: Even Anonymous won’t take on the Mexican cartels. Playing video games makes you more creative. Don’t worry about the toilet flusher … gas pump handles are way more bacteria-laden & disgusting.

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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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#OWS Roundup

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NYPD reportedly telling drunks to “take it to Zuccotti.” Some banks are renouncing their plan to charge debit cards. Winter is coming… and also #OccupyWallStreet has “custom made bicycle generators that charge batteries.” Not only did the protesters’ permit application get ignored by the city, but police brought in bulldozers to break up Occupy Richmond. […]

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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. Steve Almond’s segment starts […]

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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 […]

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Erin Rose’s Tech Links

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Samsung now sells more smartphones than Apple. A new anti-piracy bill would give the DOJ the power to shut down websites permanently. Scary. Robotic Lego clock! Google gives Google TV another go.

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Erin Rose’s Tech Links

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You can now look at the interior of (public) buildings with Google Street View. It’s sad that he’s dead and all, but Steve Jobs might not be the best role model. Patent lawyers have turned their sights on social networking sites. Edible spray paint. I don’t trust it.

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Erin Rose’s Tech Links

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Another volte-face: Research now suggests that your cellphone isn’t giving you cancer. If constantly tweeting just isn’t enough for you, maybe you need a portrait made out of your tweets. Robots now have cat ears. Facebook could be fined for keeping data that users have deleted.

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