Posts Tagged: the believer

Truth and Beauty: Talking with Joshua Wolf Shenk

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The new Editor-in-Chief of The Believer dismantles stereotypes of Las Vegas, discusses the magazine’s acquisition, and makes a case for bringing journalism into the academy.

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Zoë Ruiz in Conversation with Micah Perks

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Don’t miss this interview at The Believer between former Rumpus Managing Editor Zoë Ruiz and contributor Micah Perks on Perks’s new novel, What Becomes Us—a story told from the point of view of twin fetuses inside the main character. Topics discussed include the book’s themes of “nice girls,” hunger, and the desire to feed oneself, as well as the publishing process.

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Girlhood Comes Home to Roost

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I think I always knew this story about the rural road where I grew up needed to be told. At the Believer, Annie DeWitt talks to Brandon Hobson about realism, ambiguity, and how her own childhood folds into her new novel, White Nights in Split Town City, out in August from Tyrant Books. Guiding lights […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Danniel Schoonebeek

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Danniel Schoonebeek discusses living a quiet life in the Catskills, the importance of travel, partying in the woods with poets, and how capitalism forces people to be cruel to each other.

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The Key of Novels

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For The Believer Logger, Prashanth Ramakrishna, Theodore Gioia, and Claire Boyle ask the question: if novels were music, in which key would they be written? The post characterizes a couple of musical keys and gives examples of corresponding works of fiction. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, for example, would be in C minor: “[A] declaration of […]

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Mary Wept over Sex Worker’s Rights

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At The Believer, Shannon Tien caught up with Chester Brown, graphic novelist and author of the newly released Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, which Tien describes as “essentially a layman’s interpretation of the Bible.” Mary Wept is a collection of graphic adaptations of Biblical scenes involving prostitution, including Brown’s interpretation of Mary as a […]

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What Is Lost, What Is Found

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Mountains loomed in the horizon line. Standard, cliché clouds. After a stretch, green pops of brush. At first, the sediment in the mountains growing up in size was indistinct, all mottled beige, but the layers became more obvious as I got closer, red and brown.  In a series of Believer Logger posts, author Stephanie LaCava […]

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The Self as a Cultural Artifact

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[Memoir] comes alive at the fissures of its coherency: when a narrator is struggling to hold the self together in a text—for the reader’s sake if not also her own. Scott F. Parker met up with Maggie Nelson at AWP to talk about her writing, her sudden popularity, memoir (or life writing), autotheory, and Buddhism for […]

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Art Should Make Things Worse

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Art shouldn’t be mere normalizing sublimation or queer desublimation, which amounts to the same thing. Should actually make your problems worse. Only then can the fantasy of endless role-playing and analysis be traversed. Art is, in this way, less delusional than psychoanalysis. The Believer Logger interviews poet, performer, and critic Felix Bernstein about art and pathos.

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The Rumpus Interview with Karolina Waclawiak

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Karolina Waclawiak discusses her latest book, The Invaders, the dark side of human nature, and what it really means to be a “beach read”.

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McSweeney’s Seeks Donations

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The 18-year-old independent publisher McSweeney’s is looking to raise some money for a new wave of projects. The publisher of Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Believer, The Organist podcast, and more has launched a Kickstarter campaign, with plenty of rewards (including book recommendations from or conversation with Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott).

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The Wind Cries Mary

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Last week we highlighted Rachel Kaadzhi Ghansah’s piece, “A River Runs Through It,” over at The Believer. Now, she shares a playlist of tunes, recorded at Electric Lady Studios, to accompany the original article: “They all have one thing in common, and I say this often, across forms, decades, they all evidence the certain qualities of innovative genius, bittersweetness, […]

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Voodoo Chile

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A decade ago, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah stopped by Electric Lady Studios; ten years later, she’s writing about it for The Believer: Maybe that’s why it’s difficult not to feel sentimental, blessed even, when one gets a chance to go inside. There is something about Electric Lady that feels sacrosanct. From the moment the discreet, glass-paned […]

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Blatant Hybrid

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Over at The Believer, Ratik Asokan chats with Claudia Rankine about Citizen, art, and how we’re constantly updating our principles: We will always fail each other. That goes without saying. The question is, what happens next? If failing is then countered with the question, “What’s wrong with you?”, then that’s a problem. If you make […]

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From a Distance

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Over at The Believer, Zack Rogow and Renee Morel have unearthed French novelist Colette’s advice column for the forlorn: You who love “madly,” have you decided, accepted, that one day love will disappear from your life? Permit me to be astonished. You seem more resigned than a nun who, taking the veil, devotes herself to […]

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Notable NYC: 10/18–10/24

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Saturday 10/18: Poetry Forum 2014. The New School, 10 a.m., $45 daily / $135 full pass. Melissa Buckheit reads poetry along with Corollary Press founder Sueyeun Juliette Lee. Berl’s Poetry Shop. Happy fifth anniversary Greenlight Bookstore. Celebrate all day, party at night. Greenlight Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., free. Peyton Marshall talks with Julia Fierro about Marshall’s […]

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The Irony of It

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Over at The Believer, Riayn Fergins chats with Cornel West: Anytime you have a deep commitment to loving your neighbor, you hate injustice. When you love folks, you can’t stand the fact they’re being treated unfairly… It’s not sadomasochistic. You’re not liking them, you’re loving them because you can’t hate folks, no matter what color […]

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