Posts Tagged: mary roach

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.

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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. ...more

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. ...more

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 alike.

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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 Space Station.’

And then they realized that in the human stomach, if gas doesn’t rise to the top of the stomach, you can’t burp it out.

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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.

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