Posts Tagged: Brooklyn

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The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Kamden Hilliard

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Survival is not always cute, politically responsible, mature, or sober. Survival is ramshackle, as is tolerance. ...more

Homeward Unbound

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Some would argue that the loss of privacy is a small price to pay to have your voice heard on an international scale. But over at the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes honestly and unpretentiously about his difficulties returning home as a prominent literary figure, and how his sudden visibility carries a safety concern particular to being a black man who regularly speaks his truth:

But the world is real.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A bookstore in mafia-controlled Sicily refuses to stock a book by the son of a jailed mafia “boss of bosses,” Totò Riina.

P.S.Bookshop, a used bookstore in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, is finally closing after a year-long struggle with higher rent.

Arabic bookstores in Istanbul provide support networks for Syrian refugees.

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Not That Town

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Times like those lead you to believe that writing is, before it’s anything else, about simply getting it straight. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A bookstore owner in Maine has collected a huge payday after a rare stamp sold for close to $60,000.

One of the missing Hong Kong booksellers was a British citizen, and now Britain is saying this citizen was involuntarily removed to the mainland.

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A Place That She Herself Has Imagined

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Brooklyn is a place of layers both personal and historical, one that, as Colm Tóibín puts it, is “full of ghosts.” Reflecting on the recent film adaptation of his novel, the Brooklyn author observes one of the borough’s more visible specters:

You could invent yourself here, even if the term self-invention was not yet understood by you.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Tokyo’s Morioka Shoten stocks just one book. Shop owner Yoshiyuki Morioka selects a single book each week to sell in his austere boutique.

A new non-profit bookstore in Istanbul, Turkey seeks to focus on Arab culture and the refugee experience as a response to the increasing number of Syrian intellectuals migrating to the city.

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Grace Jones Memoir Actually Happening

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The performer’s been playing with us for ages with the promise of a memoir, to the extent that she was even calling the seemingly infinitely delayed book I’ll Never Write My Memoirs—okay, Jones claimed the title came from the first line of “Art Groupie,” but the tease was there too.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #61: Songs for the Alliterative at Heart

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Michael Hearst has come a long way from the guy who played plastic wind instruments on Seventh Avenue, to an admirably creative and original adulthood. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Boris Fishman

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Boris Fishman discusses his debut novel, A Replacement Life, Russia, the “immigrant novel,” Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons, and Vladimir Putin. ...more

This Week in Short Fiction

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Playing off of Jerry Seinfeld’s video series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” The Morning News introduced a new column earlier this month called “Novelists in Restaurants Eating Food.” Roxane Gay offered up the first samplingand this Wednesday, Jami Attenburg contributed the second, “Café de la Esquina.” Should there be doubts as to the genre of the review/not review, the editors left a hashtag-fiction indicator at the bottom for us.

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Popsickle Literary Arts Festival Returns

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Popsickle, Brooklyn’s literary arts festival, returns for its fifth iteration this weekend. Organized by Rumpus contributor Niina Pollari and JD Scott, Popsickle brings together many of the borough’s best publications and reading series including Brooklyn Poets, The Bushwick Review, Mellow Pages Library, Mental Marginalia, Vol.

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The Tale of Two Community Bookstores

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Brooklyn has two independent Community bookstores—Park Slope’s Community Bookstore and Cobble Hill’s The Community Bookstore. John Scioli, owner of the latter, tells MobyLives that he founded the original with his ex-wife before they split. Scioli goes on to talk about life as a bookstore owner:

These days, The Community Bookstore is open when Scioli decides it will be—usually opening its doors in the afternoon and closing around 11pm.

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