Posts Tagged: Hungary

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.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week at Recommended Reading, PEN America offers an excerpt from Brazilian author Noemi Jaffe’s novel Írisz: as orquídeas, which is remarkable for many reasons, one of them being that this is so far the only opportunity to read part of the Portuguese-language novel in English translation. Jaffe’s narrator, Írisz, has fled to Brazil from Hungary […]

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Used to Be Schwartz

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When I told my friend Aharon that my family name used to be Schwartz, he said, “Used to be Schwartz—sounds like a Borscht Belt act.”

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Morning Coffee

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Carnivorous Mexican squids, mysteriously leaving their home waters, have been attacking divers off the coast of San Diego. There is a parable here but I’m having trouble finding it. Have you seen Todd Rundgren’s website? Why not? (requires flash, and maybe some illicit substances for full comprehension) Marc Alcock has made a world map made […]

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The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: The Rumpus Interview with Julian Rubinstein

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Ten years ago today, Attila Ambrus (a.k.a. the “Whiskey Robber”), arguably the worst pro-hockey goalie in history, hastily twisted together a makeshift rope out of computer cables and bedsheets and escaped out a fourth story window of the Budapest City Jail.

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