Posts Tagged: mary roach

Making Sense of the World: A Conversation with Dessa

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Dessa discusses her recently released album, Chime, where she stands on the intersection of poetry and performance, and self-care for busy artists.

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This Week in Books: Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir

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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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Oakland Book Festival 2016: Read, Debate, Celebrate!

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Seven hours. Sixty events. Two hundred writers. That’s what you’ll find at the Oakland Book Festival this Sunday, May 22. Michael Eric Dyson will be there. So will Mary Roach, Victor LaValle, Emily Raboteau, and Larissa MacFarquhar, to name just a few. They’ll be talking about labor movements, immigration, drug trafficking, altruism, censorship, prisons, restorative justice, […]

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The Rumpus Interview with J. Aaron Sanders

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J. Aaron Sanders discusses his debut novel, Speakers of the Dead, his writing process, and the wisdom of sharing his early drafts with his students.

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Jonathan Travelstead

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I try to…consider the writing process as seriously as I do entering a house with black smoke puffing from its eaves.

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From Superworms to Pythons

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Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and other explorations of the weird, has a new book called Gulp, this one about eating and digesting food. You can read a delightful but somewhat gruesome excerpt at Boing Boing. If you’re not squeamish about fistulated cows or mealworms chewing their way out of reptiles’ […]

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Coming Soon: Best Americans

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Now is a fitting time to announce the upcoming release of The Best American Comics 2011 (coming out in October), with Comic-Con having just wrapped up this past weekend. This year’s compendium is being edited by Allison Bechdel, who is celebrating the widening versatility and freedom of the genre by featuring graphic novelists and webcomics […]

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Mary Roach Talks Coca-Cola and Writing Habits

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“I love that discussion about Coca-Cola spending $450,000 to have Coke in space because carbonation is not lighter up there. Everything weighs the same. The gas stays in the middle, it doesn’t rise to the top, so they spent $450,000 making carbonation work in space so they could say, ‘Official Carbonated Beverage of the International […]

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Reading in the New Year

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Welcome to 2011! What do we call this decade, anyway? Who will win the Super Bowl? What will become of health care reform? How many New York City snowplows does it take to screw in a light bulb? Some questions are impossible to answer. But we asked our favorite writers an easy one: What book will […]

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The Latest Talks from TED

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TED, or Technology, Entertainment, Design, began as a conference in 1984 that brought together leaders in those three fields with the mission of spreading ideas. Now, the annual conference challenges presenters to give “the talk of their lives” in 18 minutes. And while attending the talks can be cost-prohibitive for most, the talks can be […]

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Morning Coffee

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A touching memorial to a British TV artist. As it so happens, the reason we haven’t found any evidence of life may be our own dang fault. And as long as we’re linking to New Scientist: Pfizer is giving free Viagra to the unemployed. A Journey Round My Skull on the forgotten illustrator Joan Kiddell-Monroe. […]

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