Posts Tagged: new york

Sylvia Plath, Content at the Mall

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Like most of her peers, Plath relished consumerism; on her weekends off in New York, “she went straight to Bloomingdale’s in search of another pair of black pumps.”

Here’s to another reminder that the mythology can obscure the truth. While Plath was probably without a pair of rose-colored glasses, she wasn’t all Eeyor all the time.

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Notable NYC: 3/8–3/14

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Saturday 3/8: Ben Marcus talks about his new story collection, Leaving the Sea (January 2014), Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House. Brooklyn Public Library, 4 p.m., free.

Craig Morgan Teicher, Wendy Lotterman, Nicole Steinberg, Sarah V. Schweig, Ted Dodson, Krystal Languell, Joanna C.

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Notable NYC: 1/11–1/17

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Saturday 1/11: Wayne Koestenbaum and Olivia Laing discuss famous creative people. Laing’s The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking (December 2013) explores several writers and their relationship to alcohol. Koestenbaum’s essay collection My 1980s (August 2013) examines various cultural icons.

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Notable NYC: 1/4–1/10

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Saturday 1/4: Rosebud Ben-oni, Leopoldine Core, Kathy Ossip, Derek Pollard, and Bianca Stone join the quarterly reading series Couplet. Leah Umansky hosts. The Delancy, 7 p.m., free.

n+1 celebrates the launch of Issue Eighteen: Good News. Recess Activities, 8 p.m., $10 or free for subscribers.

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Notable NYC: 12/21–12/27

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Things are pretty slow this week. Enjoy the holiday!

Saturday 12/21: Marie Buck and Arlo Quint read poetry as part of the Segue Reading Series. Quint’s Death to Explosions (July 2013) is his first full length book of poems. Buck’s Life & Style (2009) ‘translates’ poets into tween speak social media style poetry.

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Notable NYC: 12/14–12/20

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Goodbye to…Earth-Shattering Sex?

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The Atlantic gave the Rumpus’s own Sari Botton, Melissa Febos, Mira Ptacin, and Cheryl Strayed a chance to delve deeper into their contributions to the anthology “Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.”

In a roundtable discussion with Marie-Helene Westgate, they discuss what it’s like to leave a city that, as Westgate puts it, “is a human entity unto itself: one capable of offering earth-shattering sex, endlessly stimulating conversation, and eventual transcendence, too.”

Hear their takes on questions like: “Is there a sense that leaving New York…constitutes a failure of character?” and more—and be sure to check out our two excerpted chapters from the book, one by Elisa Albert and one by Melissa Febos, right here on the Rumpus.

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Notable NYC: 11/23–11/29

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Saturday 11/23: Ossian Foley, Krystal Languell and Jamie Townsend read poetry. Foley’s first collection OF: Vol 1 includes experimental styles focused on discord and the relationship of structure. Unnameable Books, 7p.m., free.

Sunday 11/24: Jonathan Ames, Jessamyn Hope, Heather Aimee O’Neill, and Justin Haythe read together at an event sponsored by Wallflower Press.

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Notable NYC: 11/16–11/22

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Saturday 11/16: Elizabeth Clark Wessel and Vladisalv Davizon read works in translation along with selections of their own poems. Molasses Books (Facebook), 8pm free.

Laurent Binet discuses his new novel, HHhH with Paul La Farge. HHhH (2012) is translated from the French by Sam Taylor.

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Notable NYC: 11/9–11/15

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Saturday 11/9: The Comic Arts Festival features guest speakers, indie publishers, and self-published comic zines. Mt. Carmel Church -and- The Knitting Factory, 11am to 7pm, free.

Colum McCann reads from his novel Transatlantic (June 2013), presented by Community Bookstore. Brooklyn Public LIbrary, 4pm, free.

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