Posts Tagged: salon
A grim reminder of one of the reasons we still need things like International Women’s Day: the suggestion that men should take responsibility for not raping women is apparently outrageous.
At Salon, Mary Elizabeth Williams tells the story of Zerlina Maxwell, who appeared on Sean Hannity’s show to say, “If you train men not to grow up to become rapists, you prevent rape.” The sadly predictable result: “I can’t even go on my Facebook page,” says Maxwell....more
“I celebrated my tits with him, with all of these people. Hot bras, clingy T-shirts, sexy lingerie shopping forays. Must I abandon celebrating my tits in order to avoid mourning their loss? To find partners who won’t?”...more
Sylvia Plath may not be best known for her paper dolls, but we don’t usually envision Mark Twain as an avid fan of scrapbooking, either.
Check out this cool collection of the artwork of famous authors, which also includes William Burroughs’s gunshot paintings and Charles Bukowski’s watercolors....more
In a thought-provoking Daily Beast essay about Daniel Tosh’s “rape joke” at the Laugh Factory, Rumpus Funny Women editor Elissa Bassist clarifies the distinction between using humor “to cope or to point out the absurdity of a situation” and making a joke to humiliate, threaten, or assert power over another person....more
“In the end nothing matters but the work. You can’t control how it’s taken, and the act of telling a story always involves a gap. Sometimes confusion is the risk of ambiguity–I say that to students all the time.”
The New York Times published an entire review of Patrick Somerville’s This Bright River having mixed up the identities of two characters within the first five pages of the book....more
“Many men who turn to submissive fantasies do so for precisely the sort of vacation from responsibility that Roiphe suggests women are seeking.”
At Salon, Tracy Clark-Flory gathers the input of professional dominatrixes to shed light on male desire for submission, which was glaringly absent in Kaite Roiphe’s Fifty Shades of Grey....more
At Salon, David Daley argues that “Jonathan Franzen and the Web will never get along.” Daly points us to an anecdote in Franzen’s “On Autobiographical Fiction” in contending that both the author and his critics are misinterpreting and talking past each other....more
Rumpus contributor Daniel Roberts has two pieces on David Foster Wallace in honor of what would have been his 50th birthday. This Berfois essay examines The Marriage Plot‘s Leonard Bankhead character as a representation of DFW. And, at Salon, Roberts asks us to consider Wallace’s journalism....more
Salon columnist Cary Tennis praised Sugar, whose column he called “brilliant and affecting.” The appreciation is mutual; Sugar recently listed Tennis as one of her favorite advice columnists. With all this love going around it’s fitting that Valentine’s Day is Sugar’s coming out party....more
“When you get something that’s thrilling, if it’s working on a couple of different levels, it’s more thrilling....more
The New York Times dissects the advent of the novel to television adaptation with a focus on Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad. Craig Fehram breaks down the differences between television and movie adaptations in arguing that “where a movie means paring a novel down, a TV show can mean breaking it wide open.”
In an earlier essay at Salon, Laura Miller also took on the novel-TV marriage, asserting “while not exactly soul mates,” the two “have a lot more in common than the novel and theatrical film.”
(Via Vintage and Anchor)...more
Salon kicked off a new column called Dream City with an exploration of how “cities of the future” are being designed.
“…The inescapable truth is that the new urban reality we’ve created — the one with spiffed-up boulevards and cutting-edge transit and high-design parks and bike lanes and BeltLines — is more expensive than the one that existed before....more
This Salon piece offers a compelling argument for why teens should read adult fiction and reminds us that exposure to “mature” themes in adolescence is not only survivable, but also essential to “moral development.”
“They’re equipped with a strength and ingenuity they’re not often enough credited with. Life’s genesis and termination — and every gradation of human experience in between — is their birthright....more
Does the rise of new technology, specifically auto-translate, signal the death of human translation and multilingualism? David Bellos, author of Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything, thinks not. Check out his reasoning in this interview, which touches on the methodology of Google Translate, vehicular languages, and multilingualism in America....more
The past decade has ushered in e-books and e-readers, so why did hypertext fiction stall after its initial hype in the 90s? This article investigates that question, building a case for renewed vows between hypertext and novel.
“Just as the novel taught us how to be individuals, 300 years ago, by giving us a space in which to be alone, but not too alone — a space in which to be alone with a book — so hypertext fiction may let us try on new, non-linear identities, without dissolving us entirely into the web....more
“Please don’t let it be a Muslim or Pakistani dude. Please don’t let it be a Muslim or Pakistani dude.”
Over at Salon, Wajahat Ali tells us what goes through his head every time terrorism comes to the US and gives us his thoughts on Faisal Shahzad, the guy behind the unsuccessful Times Square car bomb....more
Elissa Bassist, editor/curator of The Rumpus’s Funny Women series (submission guidelines here) is a new contributor to Salon’s Broadsheet. Her first offering is titled “Sleep Your Way to a Book Deal.” Here’s a taste:
As a young writer, I dream of one day writing the next great American memoir.
Salon laid off six of its 29 editorial staffers last week in an effort–according to CEO Richard Gingras’ statement to Gawker–to become “more of a true Web publication.” According to Gingras, the layoffs are tied to a fall relaunch of the site and a redesign of its backend CMS....more