Posts Tagged: Elif Batuman

Notable NYC: 10/7–10/13

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week! ...more

What to Read When You’ve Made It More Than Halfway through 2017

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A list of Rumpus editors' favorite reads from 2017 thus far—books that have kept us sane, challenged us to work harder and think bigger, and kept us dreaming and hopeful. ...more

What to Read When You Want to Go to College

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College is a rite of passage for many young people, and it's also a part of the American Dream for many families. Here is a list of books that tackle those fraught four years. ...more

Language Is All Convention: Talking with Elif Batuman

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Elif Batuman discusses her new novel The Idiot, what it means to be a writer, and the artifice of language. ...more

Notable NYC: 4/1–4/7

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Saturday 4/1: Paolo Javier and Jill Magi join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 4/2: Robin Myers and translator Ezequiel Zaidenwerg discuss Conflations. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 5:30 p.m., free.

Monday 4/3: Fiona Maazel, Alissa Nutting, Robert Lopez, Lance Olsen, and April Ayers Lawson join the Franklin Park Reading Series.

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Notable NYC: 12/10–12/16

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Saturday 12/10: Mike Albo, Sandra Bauleo, Alexander Chee, Marcy Dermansky, Natalie Diaz, Elif Batuman, Angela Flournoy, Jill Hennessy, Alice Sola Kim, Téa Obreht, Rosie Schaap, Elissa Schappell, Parul Sehgal, Jamil Smith, Rob Spillman, Emma Straub, Peter Straub, J.

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Repressed Reading

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That night, I found myself seriously questioning this assumption I’d held since childhood: “You have to try to forget that while you’re reading.” You do? Why? And, more to the point, how?

How do you approach literature when you find it racist or elitist?

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The Rumpus Interview with Women in Clothes

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The Rumpus speaks to Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton about Women in Clothes, a new collection of essays and art on the intricacies of femininity and clothing choices. ...more

A Whole Jar of Change

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Make your way to The New Yorker, where Elif Batuman makes an inquiry into what has become a dominant American disposition: awkwardness. “Awkwardness,” Batuman argues, “is the consciousness of a false position.”

Here is the top-rated definition of awkward in Urban Dictionary: “Passing a homeless person on your way to a Coin Star machine.” In other words, denying that you have any spare change while carrying a whole jar of change, a transparent column of money, right in front of the person.

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Elif Batuman Makes “Allopatric Speciation” Interesting

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You’d think an essay about Franco Moretti, morphology, and the diminution of classic novels to “five tiny dots in the graph of Figure 2” would be academic and sawdust-dry.

Not in the hands of Elif Batuman, who brings her wry humor and quiet appreciation of human absurdity to just such an essay in n + 1 without sacrificing any of the necessary intellectual rigor.

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Elitist White People Trying To Make Themselves Feel Better

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(Which includes me.)

“The workshop’s most famous mantras – ‘Murder your darlings,’ ‘Omit needless words,’ ‘Show, don’t tell’ – also betray a view of writing as self-indulgence, an excess to be painfully curbed in AA-type group sessions.

Shame also explains the fetish of ‘craft’: an ostensibly legitimising technique, designed to recast writing as a workmanlike, perhaps even working-class skill, as opposed to something every no-good dilettante already knows how to do.

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Notable New York, This Week 6/1 – 6/6

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This week in New York Bill Gates talks with his dad, the Joan Rivers documentary screens, Christopher Hitchens talks about his new memoir, Isabella Rossellini talks to Leonard Lopate, KGB Bar holds a Fiction/Poetry slam, and Crispin Glover gives a unique slideshow presentation and screening.

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Notable New York, This Week 3/15 – 3/21

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This week in New York Keith Gessen and Elif Batuman talk, Guernica has a reading, Joanna Newsom sings and plays harp, Marcel Dzama appears, talks and signs books, The Moth has a Story Slam, Christopher Walken loses a hand and Zoe Kazan gives him one, and Atlas Obscura presents an international celebration of curious and obscure things.

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