Posts Tagged: paris

The Rumpus Interview with Joe Okonkwo

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Joe Okonkwo discusses his debut novel Jazz Moon, the quest for self-discovery, creative inspiration, and what it means to build a family when home is so very far away. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Viet Than Nguyen discusses his story collection The Refugees, growing up in a Vietnamese community in San Jose in the 1980s, and the power of secondhand memories. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Lauren Elkin

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Writer and academic Lauren Elkin discusses her latest book Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London, the freedoms and constraints of urban space for women, and the power of first person. ...more

(K)ink: Writing While Deviant: E. A. Longfellow

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The way I think about my writing is similar to the way I think about my kink—both have to do with history and the ethics around appropriation. ...more

Natural Born Drivers

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He only knew that the Blazer, like the green card, was something he wanted my brother and me to have, so that we knew we deserved things, things like America. ...more

America Again

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I felt urgently that it was the moment to tell the story of what I’ve learned about American music—or maybe about being an American. ...more

A Man’s ABCs of Miscarriage

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I once heard the only thing faster than the speed of light is the speed of thought, and I wonder if simply thinking about Sawyer’s sister until my head hurts could get us to the place we fear talking about. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The Feminist Bookstore made famous by Portlandia has kicked the show out, saying the show “throws trans femmes under the bus.”

Specialty bookstores are finding that filling a niche is often the best way to survive the onslaught of online competition.

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Paris and All That Jazz

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While Fitzgerald’s haunts have certainly evolved over the years, and some have disappeared altogether, visitors to Paris can still relive the old-fashioned glamor of Fitzgerald’s Paris. It requires imagination, champagne, and a touch of despair. 

In an article for Travel + Leisure, Jess McHugh writes about the Paris of F.

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A Productive Unhappiness

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Why is it that knowing how to remain alone in Paris for a year in a miserable room teaches a man more than a hundred literary salons and forty years’ experience of ‘Parisian life’?

Over at the Paris Review Daily, Alice Kaplan, author of the new biography Looking for the Stranger, writes about Albert Camus’s time in Paris, from the months he spent in a Montmartre hotel room toiling his way through the first draft of The Stranger to his return to report on and fight the German occupation.

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The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Christine Sneed

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Floyd Skloot interviews Christine Sneed about her latest story collection, The Virginity of Famous Men. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The project to bring a second bookstore to Queens, New York has met its Kickstarter goal. The borough of 2.2 million people was down to a single bookstore, Astoria Bookshop, after a Forest Hills Barnes & Noble closed.

Bangkok has a thriving bookstore scene.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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One of the missing Hong Kong booksellers has been returned, and gave a speech warning about the power of China’s central government and the waning independence of Hong Kong.

Tiny, the cat that lives in Brooklyn’s Community Bookstore, had a big adventure in the city—he disappeared, causing panic among the store’s employees, before deciding to return.

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Reading Mademoiselle Gantrel

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We squinted into the smoky room and saw ourselves on junior year abroad, frolicking on the Left Bank with artists in berets like hers. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with William Hjorstberg

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William Hjorstberg talks about his new book, the heady writing days in Livingstone, Montana, being a "Hollywood whore," and the finer points of Richard Brautigan. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Cole Swensen

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Cole Swensen, author of fifteen collections of poetry, discusses her work, walking, and her recent travels. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Famed Indian bookseller Ram Advani has passed away at the age of 95. He had planned to continue visiting his shops until was 99.

Elton John has a favorite Los Angeles bookstore: Book Soup.

Seattle’s only bookstore dedicated to poetry is looking for a new owner.

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The Rumpus Interview with Alexander Chee

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Alexander Chee talks about opera, the Wild West, and the charismatic women of 19th-century France that inspired his new novel The Queen of the Night. ...more

Michel Tournier and the Novel of Ideas

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Do novels think? ...more

Antony Hegarty Laments Climate Change

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In the wake of this week’s forum on climate change in Paris, Antony Hegarty has released a song lamenting the destruction already wreaked, and the destruction to come, from our complicity in the mounting environmental disaster. Recorded under the name ANOHNI, “4 Degrees” highlights a predicted change in global temperature by the year 2100.

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Creatives for Climate Change

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We posted earlier about Björk working to prevent a pipeline in Iceland, and she is continuing to lobby this point while working to raise support of climate change activism across the board.

Today, world leaders are meeting in Paris to discuss how to address climate change, and many creative icons have signed a petition speaking for the “creative community” and its desire to spearhead dramatic and inspiring change.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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A Paris bookseller writes about the terror attacks. Parisians, meanwhile, are responding to the terror attacks by buying up all the copies of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast.

Iranian bookstores opened early on Thursday last week in a campaign to encourage reading in the country.

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Get to Know Benjamin Clementine

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Who is Benjamin Clementine? It’s a fair question to ask, considering this relatively unfamiliar artist was recently awarded the Mercury Prize (the UK’s parallel to the Grammy’s “Album of the Year”) for his album At Least For Now. The London artist, chosen over names like Aphex Twin and Florence + the Machine, dedicated his award to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

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