Posts Tagged: salon.com

This Week In Trumplandia

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Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a crappy toilet drain. You owe it to yourself, your communities, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of […]

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Writing in Bed

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The fact is that I write under duress, often in my bed, often at the last minute. I’m kind of a binge writer, I would say… Lena Dunham, a former Rumpus interviewee, sheds light on her creative process, Twitter, the third season of Girls, and her forthcoming book in a recent interview with Salon. In […]

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Fictionalizing Gadhafi

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After decades of unlimited wealth and power, Gadhafi’s on the run. Such a steep decline from rich to running can only incite the imagination. Salon.com got a slew of authors to imagine the intricacies of Gadhafi’s current reality. Steve Almond imagined the unrequited love story of Gadhafi and Condoleeza Rice. Here’s one particularly enticing passage: […]

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Who Gets to Write the Review?

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“The book review page is an odd cultural territory, often inhabited by such hybrid creatures — unlike their contemporaries in other disciplines, where the lines between critic and artist are more pronounced.” All readers are book critics, but disseminating literary opinions to the masses is only part of the job description for some of us. […]

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That’s Gross

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Some things automatically disgust us, while others are learned triggered from an emotional experience. Salon.com is dabbling in some neuroscience, speaking with Daniel Kelly who is an assistant professor at Purdue University and the author of, Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust. Evolutionarily, humans are disgusted by dangers like rotting meat to protect […]

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Milk Just Got Offensive

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Uh oh—here is the latest reason to be offended by normative gender divisions. The California Milk Processor Board has a new advertising campaign that focuses on the milk’s ability to alleviate PMS symptoms because of its vitamin D and calcium levels. The campaign’s approach to promoting this health benefit, however, is a sexist display of […]

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Franzen’s Comin’ Over

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When you’re playing host for your literary idol, there is a lot of opportunity for panic and embarrassment. Wendy MacLeod recounts Jonathan Franzen’s visit to Kenyon, recalling her anticipatory anxieties, how to avoid sending out stalker-ish vibes, and what it’s like to be acutely aware of dining room acoustics.

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The Limits of Student Speech

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“If a high-schooler uses an off-campus computer to create offensive material that relates to his or her school life — writing nasty messages about school administrators or fellow students, for instance — is his or her speech still protected?” The limits and freedoms of student speech has been called into question after two students were […]

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What’s in a (pseudo)Name

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Carmela Ciuraru finds a great many reasons for writing under a pseudonym– taking under analysis a reasonable desire to separate a personal from a public persona, living out a fantasy ego-and taking note that fewer authors choose to use them. Whitman proudly proclaimed his contradictions of himself, and Joyce Carol Oats had this to say: […]

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