Posts Tagged: Louisiana

Nothing Foreign about It: Talking with Omar El Akkad

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Omar El Akkad discusses his debut novel American War, suicide terrorism, fossil fuels, and blankets.

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 15): “Southern History”

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We can’t hide from our history and we can’t pass it on to future generations.

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Conversations with Literary Ex-Cons: Billy Sinclair

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Former death-row inmate, legendary jailhouse lawyer, and co-editor for the award-winning The Angolite newspaper Billy Sinclair looks back on his prison experience and discusses what his priorities are now.

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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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Albums of Our Lives: Rosanne Cash’s Black Cadillac

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In her voice, I am held, cradled even. I am equal parts longing and hope. I am home.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with David Rivard

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David Rivard discusses his new collection Standoff, writing as both a public and private act, the interiority of reading, and Pokémon GO.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: On Documentation

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What is it like to be you? he was always asking, in his way, and it seemed a stupid question then. I didn’t know. I could lie better than I could tell the truth. I hadn’t left yet.

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The Conversation: Jayson Smith and A. H. Jerriod Avant

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My responsibility is to not be negligent and cause unnecessary harm. To a listener or reader. My allegiance is only to truth.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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More than 150 faculty and staff have signed a letter of protest over the commercialization of the York University bookstore in Toronto, Canada. Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s bookstore is making tons of money. A Chicago-area bookstore doesn’t intend to earn much money. The rare art book store is hoping to balance the books with alternative revenue streams. […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Benjamin Percy

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Benjamin Percy discusses his latest novel, The Dead Lands, why it’s all about keeping language fresh, and his dream job writing for DC Comics.

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Literary Tripping

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All of which adds up to a place that produces writers the way France produces cheese — prodigiously, and with world-class excellence — a place that calls on its writers’ talent and inspiration and, in turn, is reflected back into the world through their words. And though the list of Louisiana writers — both homegrown […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Greg Baxter

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Novelist Greg Baxter talks about living abroad as an American, writing his new book, Munich Airport, and why he doesn’t buy the defeatist clichés that people use to define our world and time.

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The Rumpus Interview with Skip Horack

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Skip Horack talks about his new novel, The Other Joseph, blending research with fiction, and living with the “curse of the fiction writer.”

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Louisiana Town Votes to Save Library

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Last week, EveryLibrary reported that “Mr. Lindel Toups, chair of the Parish Council in Lafourche, LA…is orchestrating a ‘special election’ this Saturday to take money away from the library to build a new jail.  Yes, literally taking money from the library to build a new jail.” According to local newspaper the Tri-Parish Times, the reasons […]

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RIP Greg Peters

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Louisiana writer and cartoonist Greg Peters passed away last week at age 50. His long-running subversive comic strips Suspect Device and Snake Oil, forerunners to strips like Get Your War On, satirized politics and politicians, especially in Louisiana. Or, in Peters’s own words, “My message is kind of an emperor’s new clothes thing: I’m making fun of them, […]

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