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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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We’ve had a busy couple weekends at the Rumpus lately, and we wanted to make sure nobody missed any of the spectacular essays and book reviews we’ve been posting.

For example, this weekend we reviewed Bradley L. Garrett’s urban-exploration treatise Explore Everything, and Thea Goodman wrote about her complex relationship with a cousin who suffered a severe burn and later overdosed.

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Migraines, Music, and Drugs: Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

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NPR Books has a fascinating interview with Oliver Sacks on his new book Hallucinations.

An excerpt on hallucinations during migraines:

…At least on two occasions, I’ve had a smell — in particular a smell of hot buttered toast — with a strong sense that I was about 3 years old, being put in a high chair, and about to be given hot buttered toast.

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Can Legalizing Drugs be a Solution for the Violence in Mexico?

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Some Mexican politicians and public officials–in addition to a significant portion of the Mexican public–believe that it is “time to go back to a policy of peaceful co-existence with the cartels”.

With the death toll perpetually on the rise (around 3,000 deaths in 2007 to almost 20,000 in 2010), people are starting to question whether the government’s violent frontal attack on drug cartels is really accomplishing anything.

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Happy sexin’ day, everyone!

This isn’t my favorite holiday, so I’m gonna let the Book Bench do all the talkin’ about it with these Dear John letters and some blogging on emails and romance.

Carolyn Kellogg at Jacket Copy points us in the direction of another person calling some sort of fiction dead.

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“Narcocorrido’s”: Music About The Drug Cartels

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“In San Jose, Costa Rica, they took him prisoner, now the whole world knows how the ballad begins of Rafael Caro Quintero.”

These are the some lyrics to an older narcocorrido, a genre of ballad sung about the infamous Mexican drug cartels that have been growing in popularity since the 1970′s, according to an article over at NPR.

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