Posts Tagged: Ohio

Carving Out Enough Space on the Cloud: Talking with Hanif Abdurraqib

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Hanif Abdurraqib discusses They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, honoring survival by showing up, and refusing to be governed by genre. ...more

To Look for America: A Road Trip, a Soundtrack

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One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren't as safe. ...more

A Hinging Thing: Talking with Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith discusses her new collection Good Bones, how motherhood has changed her writing, and what it felt like to have a poem go viral. ...more

The Single Most Important Thing: Talking Sports and Writing with Sridhar Pappu

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Sridhar Pappu discusses his first book, The Year of the Pitcher, writing it over six years, and the roots of his baseball fandom. ...more

Gentrification Looks Like Us: Making Rent in Bed-Stuy by Brandon Harris

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Harris thoughtfully examines what happens when privilege and lack of privilege are forced to coexist in the same neighborhood—and, occasionally, in the same apartment. ...more

Words as Events: A Conversation with Jeff Wood

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Jeff Wood discusses The Glacier, his genre-bending book combining novel, poetry, screenplay, and collage, how heritage has become a brand, and the American Midwest. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Lisa Factora-Borchers

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Lisa Factora-Borchers talks about being a Catholic feminist, writing across genres, and pushing back against a singular narrative about New York. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Amazon’s revolutionary new way to sell books in a physical brick and mortar store, has opened in New York City. Everyone old is new again.

Even chain bookstores, like the UK’s Waterstones, thrives because of booksellers’ personal touches, like book recommendations.

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: Claudia Cortese Discusses Wasp Queen

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Poet Claudia Cortese talks about her new book Wasp Queen and Lucy, the rebellious 90s teen whose voice inspired the collection. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Loganberry Books in Cleveland, Ohio is drawing attention to female authors by turning books by men around on the shelves, leaving the books pages out to hide the spine.

A Pittsburgh bookstore is providing a home to books by writers in exile, drawing attention to the authors’ works.

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Album of the Week: Sinkane’s Life & Livin’ It

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Take a musician born in London, raised for a time in Sudan, and relocated to Ohio at five years old. Have his parents make him listen to Bob Marley, and let him eventually discover great Afrobeat like William Onyeabor, and Pharoah Sanders’s legendary saxophone.

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The Rumpus Interview with J.D. Vance

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J.D. Vance talks about his memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, the perils of upward mobility, and never forgetting where you come from. ...more

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #55: Donald Ray Pollock

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Donald Ray Pollock has been steadily serving up plates of mild horror since his first book of short stories, Knockemstiff, appeared in 2008. Pollock followed the explosion of Knockemstiff with The Devil All the Time, in 2011, his first novel, which also bordered on the genre of mystery, again with generous servings of darkness.

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The Rumpus Interview with Les Standiford

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Prolific writer and Director of the FIU Creative Writing Program Les Standiford takes a look back at his career in books, including Water to the Angels and Bringing Adam Home, and tells us what's next. ...more

“Heck yes I’m willing to do this, I love peanut butter!”

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Have you been searching for a collection of peanut-butter related news to no avail? Look no further:

There’s a peanut-butter craving thief on the prowl in Ohio, who comes into a gas station most evenings after midnight and “snatches Reese’s peanut butter cups.” Last Tuesday, he upped his game, grabbing his usual sweets and then heading for “a saltier snack, grabbing a bag of chips” on his way out.

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