Posts Tagged: United Kingdom

The Rumpus Interview with Max Porter

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Max Porter discusses his debut novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, literary genres, and the changing roles of editors. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Nina Stibbe

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Author Nina Stibbe discusses her new novel Paradise Lodge, our obsession with character likeability, and how she more than flirts with feminism. ...more

Books That Aren’t Books

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Bookstores around the world have been working to reinvent themselves in the wake of Amazon’s rise, and stocking gift items has been a chief tactic. If you’ve never been to a Waterstone’s in the UK, here’s a sampling of what it’s like:

Gifts now seem to take up as much space as books, at least on the tables, where the prettiest paperbacks are distributed among Orla Kiely pots and enamel cups.

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Public Poetry

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I’m interested in Roland Barthes’s idea that mythology is essentially a type of speech, and that speech defines a culture. Poetry can define the dominant languages we have in culture—and now those languages are advertising and the news media.

So says Robert Montgomery, a Scottish poet who creates public art with his poems by posting them over advertising billboards, in empty swimming pools, at airports, and on the backs of pickup trucks. 

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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LAist takes readers inside Los Angeles’s iconic The Last Bookstore, a “sprawling temple” of books, and talks with owner Josh Spencer.

A Hong Kong bookstore, one that hasn’t been closed by mainland China, cites bookstore cats and good music as reasons for their success.

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The Rumpus Interview with Derek Ridgers

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British photographer Derek Ridgers discusses his fetish for nightclub portraits and what it’s been like to shoot the London underground scene for nearly four decades. ...more