Posts Tagged: Indiana

Becoming Bodies

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[W]e wanted something different from each other’s bodies than what was actually there, which might be why our bodies sometimes came together.

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Living in the Realm of the Subconscious: Talking with Melissa Fraterrigo

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Melissa Fraterrigo discusses her new novel-in-stories, Glory Days, writing speculative fiction, and how our formative years influence us later in life.

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Thick and Thin

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Today is not the day I can eat like a normal person and not tomorrow either. But maybe the day after that or the next one after.

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To Look for America: A Road Trip, a Soundtrack

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One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren’t as safe.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Rosalie Moffett

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Rosalie Moffett discusses her new collection June in Eden, writing humor in poetry, using contemporary references, and trying to understand the world.

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This Week in Books: The Light on the Wall

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Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from […]

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Touring Trump’s America on Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad

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Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad won the National Book Award on Wednesday night. In his acceptance speech he told us, “We’re happy in here; outside is the blasted hellhole wasteland of Trumpland. Be kind to everybody. Make art and fight the power.” Not only was this apt for the evening, but it also describes the […]

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When Home Doesn’t Embrace

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Roxane Gay is from the Midwest, but as a woman of color she feels like an outsider in the rural places she often inhabits. In an essay for Brevity, “Black in Middle America,” Gay examines reactions to her face in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a place so remote “my blackness was more curiosity than threat”, and in Illinois’s cornfields—somewhere blackness […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Independent bookstores are thriving because many are adapting technology and learning how to better serve their local community. A stunning new bookstore has opened in eastern China with dazzling displays and whimsical architecture. Bookstores in Barcelona are adapting as Spain deals with a shrinking economy. The New Republic takes a look at how a bookstore […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Famed Indian bookseller Ram Advani has passed away at the age of 95. He had planned to continue visiting his shops until was 99. Elton John has a favorite Los Angeles bookstore: Book Soup. Seattle’s only bookstore dedicated to poetry is looking for a new owner. Open Books owner John Marshal is looking to retire, […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Lori Rader-Day

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Lori Rader-Day discusses her second novel, Little Pretty Things, the “five lost years” when she didn’t write at all, and her favorite deep-dish pizza.

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