Posts Tagged: Maud Newton

Notable NYC: 3/24–3/30

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Literary events and readings in and around New York City this week!

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Notable NYC: 2/11–2/17

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Saturday 2/11: Immigrant Rally: Here to Stay. Washington Square Park, 2 p.m., free. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi and Jennifer Scappettone join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Sunday 2/12: Nicole Fix, Joanna C. Valente, Fraylie Nord, and Yardenne Greenspan join the Sundays at Erv’s reading series. Erv’s, 6 p.m., free. Peter Burghardt, Sara Wintz, […]

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Strangling Yourself While Trying To Sing

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Over at Maud Newton’s website—a letter, to you, on old family letters. Dusty old leaves from the early 1900s, excavated from here or there. Grandpa’s love triangle. An apology from the sanitarium in which Aunt Louise died. There’s magic in letters. Ah—but where? In a letter I wrote last year for The Rumpus’ Letters in […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Masha Hamilton

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Journalist and novelist Masha Hamilton sits down with Maud Newton to discuss the influences behind her latest book, What Changes Everything, the intricacies of writing about conflict, and how her work in war zones has helped shape her fiction.

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Next Letter in the Mail: Maud Newton!

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Exciting news! The next Letter in the Mail, going out Friday, June 14, is from lit-scene superstar Maud Newton! Not yet subscribed but want her letter? Please sign up before 12pm PT on Tuesday, June 11. (That’s today!) Maud is an essayist, critic, blogger, and fiction writer whose work has appeared, well, pretty much everywhere, from the New York […]

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Zombie Authors: Naomi Alderman and Margaret Atwood

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At The Barnes and Nobel Review, Maud Newton interviews Naomi Alderman, winner of the Orange Award for New Writers and co-writer with Margaret Atwood of The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, a recently published e-novel only available on Watt. Newton and Alderman stray away from zombie talk and instead discuss religion and Alderman’s experience growing up […]

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Airline Crisis Art

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Is the airline safety card more a work of the imagination than an actual instructional manual? This article guides us through the history of the often ignored “art of airline crisis.” “Is it possible that in the golden age of aviation even the crashes were glamorous? What are we to make of the safety card […]

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Inventing Languages

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This article discusses the Klingon language—its creation and lasting influence (“people get married in Klingon ceremonies; one man tried (unsuccessfully) to make it his son’s native tongue”). The piece ends with a video in which linguist Marc Okrand explains how he invented Klingon. (Via Maud Newton)

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Vonnegut’s Nuclear Bow-tie

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Twenty years before Slaughterhouse-Five, a broke Kurt Vonnegut came up with an idea for an atomic bow-tie. While he became known for his environmentalism later in life, in 1950, Vonnegut—like America at large—seemed ready to cash-in on the atomic. “By the the mid-twentieth century, Americans had waded through the muck of the Great Depression and […]

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Now We’re Talking

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It’s not always oil that we spill into the ecosystem. Every now and then a pet cockatoo is let loose or escapes, joins a wild flock, and teaches the natives how to speak. The phenomenon accounts for “numerous” reports by Australians who think they are hearing voices. According to researchers, in the rural regions the […]

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Deconstructing Debt

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In this interview economic anthropologist David Graeber disputes the standard theory that the monetary system replaces the barter system, arguing that credit and debt come before money. Graeber sheds light on the complex relationship between debt and morality, transitions from commodity to virtual money, and the relative importance of money versus debt, before dipping into […]

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Maud Newton on a DFW-Inspired Trend

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Maud Newton’s NY Times essay, “Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace,” discusses yet another DFW-inspired trend–that is his “slangy approachability.” He defined a writing style that has permeated through the blogosphere. His ability to combine legal diction with colloquialisms and “slacker lingo,” all to express one highly philosophical argument was indeed […]

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Dictionary For The Future

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Lean Logic: A Dictionary For the Future and How To Survive It describes itself as “a community of essays about inventive, cooperative self-reliance in the face of great uncertainty.” Building upon that characterization, this review presents Lean Logic as a hybrid of sorts—part encyclopedia, book, secular bible and survival guide—while defining its greatest strength as […]

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The First ?

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Does anyone else think the question mark is the most beautiful of all punctuation marks? Well, the very first question mark may have looked more like a colon. Discovered in Syriac manuscripts of the Bible from the fifth century, the double dot symbol is placed above a word near the beginning of a sentence to […]

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Writing Frenzies and their Social Effects

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Maud Newton has some relatable writing pains that she’s been ruminating on. It can take forced isolation and sometimes jail time to produce tangible, significant results. This is the kind of isolation that can make the public realm difficult and overwhelming—a state Maud Newton describes as “going feral.” She picked up some appropriate reading that […]

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Does My Word Sound Big?

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Have we been overlooking sound symbolism? Recent studies have shown that humans connect certain sounds with sensory perceptions and thus, the sound of a word could hint at its meaning. This article addresses how the idea fits into theories on language and its origins. “These cross-sensory connections may even open a window onto the first […]

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First Muses

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Remember your first muse? “My first muse was a chubby, bespectacled, brown-eyed, sharply intelligent 13-year-old boy in Phoenix, Arizona in 1975. When he laughed at and loved my writing, I felt the erotic surge of my own power. Since then, I’ve written for and about and to and because of men.” That is Kate Christensen […]

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Orson Welles’ Nose

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Orson Welles was self-conscious about the size of his nose, a small issue that lead to make-up malfunctions and a lot of prosthetics. You can track this compulsion of a legendary actor/director through the size of his nose in his movies—it’s a whole new way to experience the classics. (via @MaudNewton)

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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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E.B. White’s Essays

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“Some writers shame and immobilize me with their brilliance, while others, like Twain, de Vries and Spark dwarf my own efforts but inspire me to keep on. It’s hard to pinpoint what separates the two groups; if pressed I’d say it’s an affinity of perspective — a morbid fixation on the absurdities of human existence […]

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Notable New York, This Week 4/12 – 4/18

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This week in New York The Future of Criticism with Lorin Stein and Maud Newton, John D’Agata and Thalia Field discuss the lyric essay, Alice Walker on activism, Salman Rushdie and Lee Bollinger discuss free speech in a globalized world, Mikael Kennedy shows his Polaroids at the Chelsea Hotel and Congress for Curious People symposium […]

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What Will My Facebook Say When I’m Dead?

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“New online lockboxes allow you to specify beforehand who’ll get your passwords, which private Flickr photos should be purged, and what final status should be posted at Facebook, but these services are no substitute for a will. And writers and other artists should be especially careful about relying on them.” Maud Newton ponders the potentially […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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At Maud, how much should philosophy and fiction have anything to do with each other? If you liked Julie Klausner’s interview here at The Rumpus and want more, she has another interview over at The New Yorker Book Bench. (Spoiler alert: in the latter, Kermit the Frog is definitely discussed). Curious about black metal and […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Blog is a fun word to say, even if I’m tired of hearing other people say it. Eggers on Salinger. Michaelangelo’s poem “When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistene Chapel.” (via) “Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobbering Time!” Jacket Copy has fun with illustrators’ pictures of their favorite literary figures and characters. “If […]

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