Posts Tagged: Kickstarter

The Card Game Everyone Will Be Playing This Holiday Season

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Electric Literature just launched a fundraising campaign for their new literary card game full of crude humor and punny jokes about favorite classic authors and works. According to its Kickstarter page, Papercuts: A Party Game for the Rude and Well-Read is “what Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, and Virginia Woolf would play if they were alive, locked in a room together, and forced to play a card game.” If the funding goal is met, we’ll be playing Papercuts by this Christmas!

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The Rumpus Interview with Sara Benincasa

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Comedian Sara Benincasa opens up about her latest book Real Artists Have Day Jobs, adjusting to success, Venn-diagramming love, and the loss of Morley Safer. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The project to bring a second bookstore to Queens, New York has met its Kickstarter goal. The borough of 2.2 million people was down to a single bookstore, Astoria Bookshop, after a Forest Hills Barnes & Noble closed.

Bangkok has a thriving bookstore scene.

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Sound & Vision #22: Alice Bag

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Allyson McCabe talks with Alice Bag, one of LA punk’s first frontwomen in the mid-70s as the lead singer and co-founder of the Bags, and who has just released her self-titled debut solo album. ...more

GoDefundMe

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There’s no denying that crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have brought resources to artists and causes that wouldn’t have found support a decade ago. However, according to Emma Hoffman at WIRED, a dark side is emerging. Everything—from academic research projects, to elementary school classes, to parks and recreation departments—is seen as crowdfundable, meaning that institutions now have an excuse to opt out of granting reliable support.

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Chief O’Brien on Kickstarter

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If you love Rumpus contributor Jon Adams‘s webcomic Chief O’Brien at Work but hate the hassle of using the Internet, you can now get the tales of Chief O’Brien’s workplace angst (including never-before-seen strips!) in a big book. Support Adams’s efforts on Kickstarter and get cool rewards like original art work, t-shirts, guest appearances—and the satisfaction of knowing you helped out a hard-working artist.

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Kicking & Screaming: Week #2

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Welcome back to the blog mini-series where I write about my experience running a Kickstarter campaign to help release an album.

As much preparation as I have done for this beast, which I managed to drag out over six long months of dread, procrastination, and ambivalence about the entire concept of crowdfunding, I immediately discovered just how unprepared I was the moment I hit “launch” and saw the typo in the very title of my project.

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The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Ijeoma Oluo

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Ijeoma Oluo discusses feminism, coloring, badass women, and being a troller of trolls. ...more

Redefining the Commons

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A library is rarely ever just a library, often evolving alongside the community it serves. The Lacuna Project is taking this idea literally by building a library made entirely of books for this year’s Bay Area Book Festival. Festival-goers will be able to remove (and keep) books without damaging the structure, whose lighting and acoustics will change in response to their collective impact.

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Sound & Vision #10: Scott Crawford

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Director and punk rock enthusiast Scott Crawford talks with Allyson McCabe about his film Salad Days, his punk fanzine Metrozine, Kickstarter, and DIY music culture. ...more

Why Didion Remains

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We like to think of Joan Didion as glamorous, the sunglasses-wearing, VOGUE-working, New York loving-and-leaving writer that we all could have been if only life had turned out a little differently. We imagine her sitting down to edit with a cocktail at the end of the day (her actual practice), writing screenplays with her handsome husband, cooking large meals for famous family and friends.

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Kickstarting “Desire”

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Yony Leyser, director of the documentary about William S. Burroughs, is making a feature film about Berlin’s queer community, and he needs your help to crowdfund it. Over at IndiewireLeyser explains his desire to deglamorize the city’s dark underground scene and explore what it means to be a member of a community whose definition is constantly in flux:

I go back and forth from being firmly committed to the “queer community” to being totally and completely disillusioned with the concept and diametrically opposed to it.

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Where App Meets Litmag

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Here’s an interesting way to consume new short fiction: Connu, a sort of cross between an app and a litmag, will send you one short story every weekday.

The stories are brand new and written by established authors and their protégés, including Joyce Carol Oates, Sam Lipsyte, Aimee Bender, and Lydia Davis.

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Books and Kickstarter

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Thinking about launching your book on Kickstarter?

Writer Seth Godin has chronicled his experience with his own book project on Kickstarter and calls it an “experiment in publishing.” Godin says:

Kickstarter seems custom made to solve the 10,000 copy problem. The author with a tribe can reach out to her readers, activate them and make an offer: if enough of you agree to buy this book today, I’ll write it and send it to you just before a publisher puts it on sale…

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Kickstarter Gentrification

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What began as a digital platform to aid underfunded artists in finding a wider audience and financial backing is now weeding out amateurs.

The business of managing and consulting kickstarter initiatives is on its way up. In fact, managing a successful kickstarter campaign almost requires external aid, and it’s this fact that is changing the game of online fundraising and its blossoming subeconomies.

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