Says Nieto on why she started the site: “My literary mothers, the writers whose work I devoured late at night — cigarette in hand, propped against the flaking metal rails of the fire escape, my own mother exhausted from a day of work in the next room — were invaluable to me.”
Posts Tagged: Tumblr
Elegant words from a manuscript painstakingly illustrated by a fifteenth-century scribe: “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam.”
Translation: “Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night.”
The blog Medieval Fragments has more on the cats that both bedeviled and entertained the monks of the Middle Ages....more
If you had to sum up your undergraduate thesis in one sentence, what would you say?
That’s the question posed by the Tumblr Lol My Thesis, and the answers are…pretty amazing.
Recent examples include “Italian has 23 mutually unintelligible dialects, not including hand gestures” (Romance linguistics, University of Washington), “Computers will do what you tell them to do, not what you want them to do” (mechanical engineering, Yale), and “Crack was indeed whack” (history, Columbia University)....more
If you’re not reading our Tumblr—the aptly titled “Rumblr”—then you’re missing out on GIFs, Friday Reads, and our in-house astrologer who is not actually an astrologer, Madame Clairvoyant.
Here’s a preview of her latest dispatch from the stars:
Sagittarius: This is a week for feeling a little bit fragile, a little small, a little nervous, a little weird.
Bookshelves + selfies = bookshelfies!
That’s the simple and delightful concept behind the Bookshelfies Tumblr started by our very own Isaac Fitzgerald along with Believer editor Max Fenton.
Click through to see people (and dogs and skateboards) posing with their personal libraries—and to submit your own bookshelfie!...more
The Missouri Review recently posted a quote on their Tumblr from our essay, “David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Cynicism Of Mark Edmundson, Or Poetry Is Still Not Dead:”
I exaggerate. I oversimplify. I generalize. But there’s no cynicism here.
Very gradually, this frantic activity ceased to be simply an expression of emotional distress—what the grief experts call “searching behaviour”—and started evolving into a digital, extended elegiac project....more
An average American newspaper-reader in the first decade of the last century immediately understood, if he read that something was “of the Mary MacLane type,” that this name was shorthand for outsized self-absorption of a specifically feminine nature....more
The front cover of the last book I loved bears neither gold seals nor laurels to rest on. If you’re looking for flashy art direction, keep moving. Here, there’s just a shadowy still life photo (inventory: one open notebook, one glass ashtray, one bowl, two pens, many loose leaves of paper)...more
Building on our Last Book I Loved series, we’re teaming up to highlight Tumblr writers and the books they love.
Got a book you can’t stop thinking about? Send us a writeup – a little bit book review and a lot about why you loved it – along with a short bio....more
GIF connoisseurs and fanfic devotees, all that effort you’ve put into polishing your blog to a perfect gleam might finally pay off.
Chronicle Books is looking for the next great humor book, and they want you to pitch them via Tumblr....more
Check out this amazing Tumblr. The Rumpus editorial board is particularly fond of this one: When all of the important national mag awards go to white dudes.
(Via Xtina Richards)...more
Knopf and Tumblr are presenting a celebration of poetry tonight at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC. The event will feature Poet Laureate Philip Levine and 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy K. Smith, along with poets from the Tumblr community, Saeed Jones and Karolina Manko....more
“Somewhere between the inaccurate and distorted media images of the black male super predator and the black male superhero, live the majority of black men.”
The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education has created a Tumblr dedicated to moving past media myths and representing “the everyday lives of black men.” Anyone can submit images with brief descriptions of “the boys, men and male-identified folks in your life.” Check out the blog’s archive....more
“Branding is an online capability; you can give readers a real sense of what sets your books apart....more