Posts Tagged: 1990s

The Neoliberal Heart of the 90s Romcom

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The personal is political, to the extent that politics itself can be effectively effaced with no detrimental effects.

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Titanic Turns Twenty in a World That Won’t Talk About It

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After twenty years and eleven Oscars and eleventy billion dollars, we still don’t really talk about Titanic.

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Our Own Bodies: A Conversation with JoAnna Novak

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JoAnna Novak discusses her novel, I Must Have You, eating disorders, and writing characters that challenge our expectations of how women should behave.

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The Butt Song

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Last night as my husband got ready to go out [my daughter] grabbed his coat and said, “Call 1-900-Mix-A-Lot and kick those nasty thoughts.”

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Danzy Senna

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Danzy Senna discusses New People, inhabiting her characters without judging them, playing with the reality and surreality of identity, and pushing against traditional story arcs.

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Libraries Are the Real Punk Rock

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Maybe I was only in the eighth grade, but I was ready to stand up to anyone who tried to threaten the ideal of intellectual freedom.

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I Choose My Pearls: On Feminism, Fashion, and Disneyland

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Women don’t need laws to repress their fashion, comfort, identity, or preference. Our society’s deft ability to shame does all the heavy lifting.

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Reclaiming the Language of Pop Culture: Reversible by Marisa Crawford

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Marisa Crawford’s Reversible is an evocative collection, showcasing the ways in which pop culture saturates us with meaning, and how it teaches us to become.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #90: Erika Carter

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Erika Carter’s debut novel Lucky You tells the story of three young women in their early twenties who leave their waitressing jobs in an Arkansas college town to embark on a year off grid in the Ozark Mountains. In a remote house, without a washing machine or cell phone reception, Ellie, Chloe, and Rachel grapple […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Samantha Irby

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Samantha Irby discusses her new essay collection, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, all that comes along with writing about your life, and reading great horror books.

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Just Chaste Me

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The more first-time stories I heard, the longer I was willing to wait.

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Slang and Swagger: Riffing with Jeff Chang

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Jeff Chang discusses his latest book, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, his work in hip-hip journalism, and the beauty and humanity of political protest.

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: Claudia Cortese Discusses Wasp Queen

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Poet Claudia Cortese talks about her new book Wasp Queen and Lucy, the rebellious 90s teen whose voice inspired the collection.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Adrian Matejka

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Adrian Matejka discusses his new collection Map to the Stars, writing about poverty in contemporary poetry, and how racism maintains its place in our society.

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Sound & Vision: Matt Sullivan

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Allyson McCabe talks with Matt Sullivan, founder of Light in the Attic Records, about how he’s preserved the label’s commitment to great music while also meeting the demands of a changing, and often challenging, market.

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Sound & Vision: Ken Freedman

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Allyson McCabe talks with Ken Freedman, the general manager of WFMU (the longest-running freeform radio station in the US), about the relevance of radio, technological innovation, and a just-launched morning show.

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You’ve Got Mail and the Internet of Ordinary People

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You’ve Got Mail was one of the first movies to depict the Internet as it affects the lives of ordinary users.

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The Rumpus Interview with Annie DeWitt

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Annie DeWitt discusses her debut novel, White Nights in Split Town City, the 90s, and the brutality of nature.

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The Rumpus Interview with Rebecca Schiff

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Rebecca Schiff discusses her debut collection The Bed That Moved, choosing narrators who share similarities with each other and with herself, and whether feminism and fiction-writing conflict.

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Southern Girl: Beyoncé, Badu, and Southern Black Womanhood

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None of the imagery of Lemonade is foreign to those of us who grew up in the South or who have Southern roots.

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The Rave Story

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To mark the launch The Rave Story, an exhibit at London’s Club Aquarium showcasing art and memorabilia surrounding the UK rave scene of the ’80s and ’90s, Dazed Digital has published its own chronicle of rave history. The article locates rave’s cultural resonance in a revolutionary inclusivity: The creation of the rave scene was the social revolution that began to […]

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Song of the Day: “Fade Into You”

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“Alternative rock” group Mazzy Star reached their commercial peak during the early 90s, a period when American music was dominated by grunge and Nirvana. The creative core of Mazzy Star consisted of guitarist and producer Dave Roback and lyricst and multi-instrumentalist Hope Sandoval. The duo was often accompanied by a rotating cast of musicians, and the […]

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The Web Isn’t Nirvana (But You Can Get All Their Albums For Free)

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On February 26, 1995, just about twenty years ago, Newsweek published an article by Clifford Stoll called “Why the Internet Won’t Be Nirvana.” In it, Stoll provides a litany of faults to be found in the nascent web. Although there’s a decidedly un-zen tone to the article, Stoll makes some surprisingly accurate predictions—right alongside some laughable ones. […]

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