Posts Tagged: christmas

The Storming Bohemian Punks the Muse #14: Altered States?

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In my last column, the Muse inspired me to write about dreams. And since then, I’ve been thinking about other types of altered consciousness. As a guy who often hangs out with Catholic monks, and who practices “Will Rogers spirituality”—that is, I’ve never met a religion I didn’t like—I take an interest in miracles and myths of all sorts, and the season of Christmas, Chanukah, and the winter solstice (the pagan Yule), which all speak of the miraculous arrival of light in darkness, is a good time to reflect on such matters.

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This Week in Trumplandia

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Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent and relevant content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a crappy, toilet drain. You owe it to yourself, your communities, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of the truth.

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Song of the Day: “Back Door Santa”

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Soul—that mysterious orientation towards the world that seems to be frequently accompanied by a larger-than-life personality—is probably the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of Clarence Carter, that bombastic and passionate artist whose timeless music still echoes across the airwaves and our collective memory.

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Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas | Rumpus Music

Sound Takes: A Charlie Brown Christmas

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But what distinguishes Guaraldi from his superiors is his respect for the tried and true. If “O Tannenbaum” has worked for a few hundred years, maybe it’s worth kicking around the block a time or two. ...more

The Last Book I Loved: So Long, See You Tomorrow

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By drawing us into his childhood, Maxwell shows us how to revisit our own. We become the storytellers of our own lives. ...more

The Rumpus 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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We've gathered up our favorite gifting ideas this holiday season and put them together into one handy list! ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Such a Thing

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The future perfect tense indicates an action that is certain to occur. But when the future is not perfect or certain, the conditional “would” is more appropriate. ...more

Next Letter for Kids: Allyson Hoffman

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This month we have a Letter in the Mail for our adult program that was so awesome we wanted to send it to Letters for Kids subscribers, too! It’s from writer and illustrator Allyson Hoffman. Allyson shares with us the people she’s grateful for, the things that make her happy, and the places that she loves, using words and very special drawings.

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Rumpus Limited-Time Holiday Gifts!

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For the first time, we are offering gift boxing for our original WLAMF mug! Now you can send your favorite writer a daily dose of inspiration, all boxed up with a pretty bow on top!

And our Rumpus totes, perfect for carrying your holiday loot, come with your choice of one of the following signed books through 12/31 as long as supplies last: The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses, Sister Golden Hair by Darcey Steinke, Find Me by Laura van den Berg, I’ll Tell You in Person by Chloe Caldwell, and Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai.

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Black Friday Sale and Rumpus Holiday Gifts!

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This holiday season, give the gift of The Rumpus! We have plenty of holiday gift options for the well-read optimist or literary child in your life, and we're kicking things off with a Black Friday sale! ...more
Annie Lennox - A Christmas Cornucopia | Rumpus Music

My Life with Annie Lennox: A Christmas Cornucopia

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Perhaps part of what prompted me to get clean and sober was the fact I kept making myself uncomfortable. ...more

Past the Break

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Past the break lies motherhood as I understand it: the rawest life that lifts and falls and crashes against beauty, and the eternal potential for heartbreak. ...more

Are We All Our Own Vanishing

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We will never be an exclamation point, an ellipses, a question mark. We must all leave with this: a period—solid, and utterly irrefutable. ...more

The Saturday Rumpus Review: Carol

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Carol is a powerful woman with enviable self-knowledge, effortlessly creating an erotic, sensual ideal of herself as a covert spectacle for queer midcentury women. ...more

Give the Last-Minute Gift of Rumpus!

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Ran out of gift ideas? Forgot to put someone on your list? It’s not too late to give the gift of Rumpus! Our store has plenty of awesome subscriptions you can give instantly, with the click of a mouse.

Choose from gift subscriptions to Letters in the Mail or Letters for Kids for your favorite family members—we have a phenomenal list of letter writers lined up for 2016!

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We Wish You A Literary Christmas

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From Dickens to Nabokov to Ali Smith, Kate Webb traces the history of authors pondering Christmas, and the 21st century revival of the Christmas story:

Even in our prickly individualism, hemmed in by consumer goods, there are moments when we can escape from safe, homogenized lives to experience the tingling pleasures of heat and cold, of icy days and starry nights.

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