This week, C Pam Zhang has a flash fiction story at The Offing that is maybe about vampires but probably about girls, Chinese girls in particular. “Are They Vampires, or Are They Just Chinese?” is written in five brief paragraphs of atmospheric prose that is beautiful and barbed at the same time, like cotton candy wrapped around a railroad spike, or like girls....more
Way to go everybody, the Antifa are officially the most reasonable people around.
TBH no one has any idea how tall Everest is anymore.
Here’s your 1950s Cub Scout diary for the day.
Here’s you compendium of Soviet labels and packaging for the day....more
In fraught times, AK Press comes forward with a launch reading for its latest release, Against the Fascist Creep....more
Bestselling and award-winning writers Danielle Trussoni and Walter Kirn host the Writerly podcast, a weekly discussion of all things pertaining to the real lives of working writers. From getting and firing an agent, to book publicity, to contracts, to working with an editor, to writing your first draft—Writerly will cover it all....more
Austin Gilkeson writes at Catapult about holding on to and savoring that which is easily taken for granted as he loses hearing in one ear and waits for the other to go.
For West Magazine, Laine Bruzek describes how living under constant threat potential takes it toll on many women, even when what happens seems small....more
He loves me, he loves me not: science fiction’s relationship with L. Ron Hubbard.
Babies will stop the bullies!
The key to reckoning with climate change and nuclear bombs? Stories....more
Emma Straub has been named Independent Bookstore Day ambassador. Author of The Vacationers and Modern Lovers, Straub worked at the recently closed BookCourt in Brooklyn, and plans to open her own store nearby.
Omnivore Books, a San Francisco cookbook store, is resisting Trump’s ban on Muslims by celebrating cookbooks from the banned regions....more
When we shared our exciting news about The Rumpus’s future last month, I mentioned that we’d create an advisory board to help us guide the site forward. The function of the advisory board is to help when we have questions or need a sounding board for new ideas, to serve as role models for us, and to support us as we try to achieve our goals: a commitment to ongoing resistance of the Trump administration, a commitment to continuing paying writers and to increase those payments to a standard industry rate, a commitment to increase our coverage of small presses and indie authors and to continue giving a platform to new voices who might not otherwise find one....more
First, shaky cultural bridges are strengthened through mourning in Lito Velázquez’s Saturday Essay, “A Taste of Something, Slowly Over Time.”
Then, Brandon Hicks offers an illustrated early Valentine’s Day treat: true love and eternal happiness is churned out in the automated romantic experience of a lifetime....more
We here at DWMC are out of town and taking today and tomorrow off. We’ll see you bright and early Wednesday morning....more
Cecilia Corrigan and Wendy Trevino join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.
Sunday 2/5: Chelsea Hodson, Gregory Zorko, Sarah Jean Grimm, Liz Bowen, Georgia Faust, and Amanda Dissinger read poetry....more
Thursday 2/2: Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will host a reading and lecture on the music that shines through the eras, “The Political Implications of James Baldwin’s ‘Sonny’s Blues.’” Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.
Local author Deni Starr reads from her new book, Below the Belt....more
The increase of political engagement has lead to the rebirth of the fax.
Everything is bleak, but hey we found water in the atmosphere of one of Jupiter’s exoplanets.
Our mythology needs fewer gardens and more shipwrecks.
Searching for the speed of evolution (through bird beaks)
Let’s all lose ourselves for a bit by watching chimneys collapse instead of civilization....more
Torch: Stories of America is a series devoted to showcasing personal essays, interviews, and art about immigrant and refugee experiences. Edited by Arielle Bernstein, and featuring the work of diverse writers from around the globe, Torch aims to shatter stereotypes and encourage greater understanding and empathy in a world where immigrant and refugee communities are often misunderstood and marginalized....more
Last week was horrible and you need a laugh. Read Kate Washington’s imagined revolutionary National Parks meeting at McSweeney’s.
For Longreads, Anjali Enjeti tackles her perceived outsider status, even as a first-generation American-born citizen.
Read Davey Davis’s compelling dissection of the body horror genre here at The Rumpus....more
It’s hard to find the balance between not letting this column get over taken by anger with the world and our new administration and not wanting to look like I have my blinders on. Thank you for your patience while I try and figure it out....more
Don’t miss our 2017 AWP offsite event, co-hosted with Barrelhouse, Catapult, and Lit Hub!
Write Together, Fight Together will include readings from: Jericho Brown, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Melissa Febos, Morgan Parker, and Sarah Sweeney, to be followed by music and dancing. Free admission, February 9, 2017, doors at 6:30 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m....more