Posts Tagged: suburbs

Misfits and Marriage: Talking with Taylor Larsen

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Taylor Larsen discusses her debut novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved, writing about New England, falling in love with her characters, and the surprises of debut authorship. ...more

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

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Adrian Matejka

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Adrian Matejka discusses his new collection Map to the Stars, writing about poverty in contemporary poetry, and how racism maintains its place in our society. ...more

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The Wild Rumpus (no relation), a children’s bookstore in Minneapolis, was named the bookstore of the year by Publishers Weekly.

Minneapolis is also the third most literate city in the US, taking into account the number of bookstores per capita.

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John Cheever Could Never Be a Single Mother

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John Cheever, known as the “Chekov of the suburbs” for his fiction’s signature focus on the domestic, suburban family life in the 40s and 50s, probably couldn’t hack being a single mom today. At McSweeney’s, Jeanne Darst shares the excerpts from Cheever’s fiction that pretty much hit this head on the nail.

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How A Neighborhood is Made

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For The Towner, Chantal Clarke muses on the in-betweenness of her childhood home of Pelham, New York and “the day-to-day policing of boundaries” that make up the seedy work of orchestrating a neighborhood—how it was not New York City; not Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx; not a suburb in the vacant, car-dependent sense; and not quite grouped in with the other towns on its elite Metro North route.

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The Americans by David Roderick

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The Americans is no self-help book, no guide to suburban living. Rather, [it] offers all of us a chance to examine the places we make our homes, to remember what these places might mean in the context of American history, and to consider how they might shape American culture. ...more