Anyone who made it through high school English can probably recall reading a story or two about young protagonists finding themselves in the absence of parental guidance. From whence does this orphan trope come? And why?
Is this what all of us innately fear—the state of being in charge of our destinies, the only ones responsible for our own actions and decisions?
Cooper tried reaching out to the technology giant via phone and numerous emails, but has only received a generic statement about a “violation of the terms of service agreement”; he has not been offered any precise explanation.
At the end of last July, writer Dennis Cooper discovered that his blog, which he began in 2002 and was hosted by Blogger, had vanished....more
The Rumpus is looking for two Assistant Interviews Editors to join our team. Gain hands-on knowledge of the editing and publishing processes by working closely with a senior Rumpus editor....more
If you give a mouse an Orson Welles film, he might solve human consciousness.
What Westerners consider universal about music: totally incorrect.
Yes, you can be high on friendship (and it’s a painkiller!)....more
Glad Day Bookshop, the oldest bookstore in Toronto, Canada and the longest-surviving LGBT bookstore in the world, needs some help....more
At the New Yorker, Richard Brody shares a eulogy for director Michael Cimino:
Cimino’s life work is a cinema of mourning, an art of grief, a nightmare of memory that finds its sole redemption in ecstasy—the heightened perception that transforms experience into a grand internal spectacle, which finds its own embodiment in Cimino’s own profound visual imagination.
But the question that’s been on my mind for a while now is how and why we’ve come to recognize certain tales as perennial (and universal) and have relegated others to complete obscurity. Or, to be more exact, how we’ve codified and solidified certain interpretations of certain folk tales as the unalterable classics and neglected the cultural roots that led to their formation.
For JSTOR Daily, linguist Chi Luu looks at the “my next band name” meme to identify not just trends in pairing interesting words, but also the social phenomenon of how we understand what words mean....more
At the New York Times, Cara Buckley gives a quick rundown of a new J.D. Salinger biopic directed by Danny Strong (remember that kid from Buffy?) and starring Nicholas Hoult (remember that kid from Mad Max?)—”the man who gave the world Holden Caulfield and almost certainly would have never approved of this project himself.”...more
For Notches, Kristy L. Slominski writes about the Reverend Anna Garlin Spencer, an early 20th century Unitarian minister who worked with scientists to educate the public on sexual health. Spencer’s efforts greatly influenced the modern connection between sexuality, sexual behavior, and the family structure....more
What does “modern single woman” even mean anymore?
Over at the New York Review of Books, Lorrie Moore investigates the idiosyncratic legacy of Helen Gurley Brown, the once and future editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan....more
It just means that we have a desire for our language to be able to perform in a different way than it performs, and we have a desire for a reconciliation between the individual and the social that poetry can’t fulfill, but can help made felt.
It would have been almost impossible for me to resist Brazil forever. Given my love for black people and fascination with our stories, Brazil’s paramount importance in the historical trans-Atlantic slave trade and its contemporary role as a cultural and economic leader on the world stage, it was inevitable that my travels would lead me there.
It’s July, and the summer issues of literary magazines are rolling off both the physical and cyber presses, including Virginia Quarterly Review, which this week shared a story from its summer print issue online. In “Dixon” by Bret Anthony Johnston, author of the bestselling novel Remember Me Like This and the award-winning collection Corpus Christi, a father risks border patrol agents and losing his job to illegally sell a shipment of Dairy Queen kid’s meal toys in an effort to save his daughter....more
In a powerful essay at Electric Literature, Nicole Dennis-Benn writes on innocence as a privilege that is not afforded to black children:
Truth is, there is nothing parents can do. There is nothing black parents can do to protect their children and their children’s innocence.
Friday 7/15: Pitchfork Music Festival takes over Union Park for a weekend of music and fun. Stop by the Book Fort and check out publishers like Curbside Splendor, featherproof books, Hobart, and more. $165 for a three-day pass....more