Posts Tagged: Australia

The Big Idea: Bill McKibben

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Journalist and environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses whether our environmental crisis can be improved under our new political administration, climate change denial, and manifestations of resistance. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Erik Kennedy

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Poet Erik Kennedy discusses literary community and his formative years as a young writer in New Jersey, and shares two new prose poems. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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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.

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This Week in Books: These Wild Houses

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Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #60: Leah Kaminsky

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Leah Kaminsky’s debut novel, The Waiting Room, depicts one fateful day in the life of an Australian doctor and mother, Dina, living in Haifa, Israel. Dina is trying to maintain normalcy as she goes about her work as a family doctor, cares for her son, and fights to preserve her faltering relationship with her husband, with whom she’s expecting a daughter.

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The Rumpus Interview with Jane Alison

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Jane Alison discusses her autobiographical novel, Nine Island, the value of truth in fiction, and unsubscribing from romantic love. ...more
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Albums of Our Lives: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik

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Before you came along, I don’t think I actually had a musical identity. ...more

Cooked: The Story of Everything

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Because Cooked samples from all of its predecessors in style and topic, it becomes a show that can't be pigeonholed into the tired and dry mechanisms of foodie-media. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Dan Dalton over at BuzzFeed sleeps in the Airbnb bookshop.

Britain’s Waterstones is giving up on ebooks and outsourcing digital titles to the Japanese service Kobo.

A store in Mumbai Central Station in India has been going strong for more than 135 years.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Publisher HarperCollins has plans to aid new independent bookstores with a development program in the form of discounts and grants.

American Bookstore Association members, a trade organization for independent booksellers, reports continued growth in membership for seven straight years, with more than 1,700 members.

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The Read Along: Omar Musa

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In the second installment of The Read Along, Omar Musa shares how airplane delays can lead to productive reading sessions and how easy it is to get sucked into Internet wormholes about geodesic domes. ...more

Plankton (A Body of Stars)

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Plankton either grows into something other than plankton—a strong swimming non-planktonic adult, like a crab or a fish, or it stays the same—forever drifting with the shifting tides. ...more

Morrissey Is Miserable for Australian Cats

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Morrissey has spoken out against Australia’s plan to cull two million feral cats by 2020, calling the animals “two million smaller versions of Cecil the lion,” reports the Guardian.

According to Australia’s environment minister, feral cats are responsible for killing an extraordinary number of native species each day, contributing significantly to Australia having the worst mammal extinction rate in the world.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Segwick, Maine claims to be home to the world’s smallest bookstore. Pushcart Press Bookstore resides in a 9′ x 12′ building selling used books and Pushcart Press titles.

Australia’s capitol city is not known as a cultural center, but that might change for Canberra with the opening of Muse, a combination wine bar and bookstore.

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Song of the Day: “‘Cause I’m a Man”

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The diversely talented Perth, Australia-based recording artist Kevin Parker is known more widely by his stage name, Tame Impala. Often described as a psychedelic musician for the 21st century, Parker forges albums with traces of electronic and lo-fi, as well as influences from heavyweights like My Bloody Valentine and The Flaming Lips.

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