Posts Tagged: Steve Almond

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT STEVE ALMOND’S TAXES

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“Further questions should be referred to my accountant, the aforementioned Marty, who is no longer employed by H&R Block and who was, last time I checked, living in a small cardboard domicile outside Davis Square.”

In response to Mitt Romney’s recalcitrance to release more of his tax returns, Rumpus columnist and author Steve Almond has provided Boston’s NPR affiliate radio station WBUR with his own returns — complete with explanatory notes that give financial transparency a new meaning.

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Steve Almond on Comedy and Politics

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“Why take to the streets when Stewart and Colbert are on the case? It’s a lot easier, and more fun, to experience the war as a passive form of entertainment than as a source of moral distress requiring citizen activism.”

At The Baffler, Rumpus columnist Steve Almond takes on comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, arguing that the comedians serve, largely, to mollify the public by staunching desire for active action against unjust power structures by engaging in acts of essentially harmless ridicule.

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New Tin House Podcast

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From our Pacific Northwesterly neighbors, a new Tin House podcast featuring Steve Almond for your enjoyment.

Steve Almond provides a lecture from last summer’s Writer’s Workshop, “Everything They Told You in MFA School Was Wrong, Except For The Debt.” He poses questions like, “What is writing?” It’s not “making shit up” but “decision-making.” There’s humor, there’s sarcasm, strong opinions and poignant life-lessons, true to Almond form.

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The Rumpus Books Sunday Supplement

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There’s been a lot of new people here lately, so if you’re new to the Rumpus (or if you’re not), Sunday’s the day where you can catch up with what Rumpus Books has been up to this week.

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The Rumpus Books Sunday Supplement

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Man, Rumpus Books has been busy. This week, we published quite a number of must-read reviews, excerpts, interviews, and even a reprint, all conveniently rounded up for you below the fold.

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Steve Almond on Music Criticism

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“Am I suggesting that music criticism is a pointless exercise? Yeah, I guess I am.

In many cases it’s even worse than that. Because critics are, by their very job description, charged with being hypercritical. I certainly was. It was as if my critic credibility depended on my not being fooled into actually enjoying myself.”

Rumpus contributor Steve Almond takes on music criticism over at The Boston Globe.

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