Posts Tagged: jason novak

Seriously Serious

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Over at the Paris Review, Jason Novak has taken up the pen again; this time, he’s turned to authors and their eccentricities. Among his observations:

“Somewhere Hemingway is sitting quietly at his desk. Pouring another bull. And fighting another drink.”

Other targets include Don DeLillo, Jane Austen, Hegel, Nabokov, Heidegger, and the state of Publishing itself.

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Happy Birthday Mr. President?

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We think not! George Washington’s birthday is actually on February 22nd but thanks to some decisions by the people in charge, we will probably never celebrate the man’s actual birthday on the right day. Mike Duncan and Rumpus illustrator Jason Novak talk about the misplaced birthday of George Washington and the birth of a three day weekend (with puppets!) over at The Morning News.

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A Helpful Guide to Writing Children’s Books

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If it’s always been your secret ambition to write a children’s picture book, Buzzfeed Books can help you get started with this handy-dandy thirteen-step guide, illustrated by the Rumpus’s own Jason Novak (with a little help from his daughter Gertie).

There’s some golden advice in there: probably avoid rhyming, send to agents instead of publishers, and don’t try to micromanage the illustrator.

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Jason Novak in the New Yorker, Y’all!

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Our beloved illustrator Jason Novak collaborated with Mike Duncan for New Yorker piece about performance enhancement in baseball.

You see, if we ban steroids because they’re unnatural, it only makes sense to “cleanse America’s pastime of all artificial enhancements.”

Novak’s drawings bring these “artificial enhancements” to life, from open-reduction internal-fixation surgery to Phiten necklaces (“just kidding, these things don’t actually do anything”).

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