Posts Tagged: Wall Street Journal

Periphery: Exploring Bombs, Boundaries, and Family History

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Have you ever seen a feathery shadow at the edge of your eye? Was it a figure? Did it cross into your vision, like a hummingbird there and gone? ...more

The Rumpus Review of The Big Short

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My reading of the audience’s reaction to the bombast of The Big Short is not that people genuinely find the story amusing, but rather, that we are experiencing discomfort while simultaneously expecting to be entertained. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Erik Larson

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Bestselling author Erik Larson talks about his new book, Dead Wake, his transition from journalism to history, and what, in his opinion, makes a first-rate nonfiction novel. ...more

Read Slowly, Read Better

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Reading is healthy, but not all reading is created equally. Advocates of slow reading suggest that dedicated periods of thirty to forty-five minutes away from other distractions can lower stress and maximize reading benefits. And reading online content just isn’t as beneficial as reading in distraction-free environments:

One 2006 study of the eye movements of 232 people looking at Web pages found they read in an “F” pattern, scanning all the way across the top line of text but only halfway across the next few lines, eventually sliding their eyes down the left side of the page in a vertical movement toward the bottom.

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Well, This Is Certainly One Way to Give Advice

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On a blog for the Wall Street Journal (where else?), Emily Oster gives advice based on economic theory. For example:

There is a model in economics called the “sS” model. It’s not often applied to relationships, but I think it should be….If something really good happens, or many good things in a row, it pushes you over some threshold (this is the “S” threshold) and you get married.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #46: Dane Golden in Conversation with Alan Paul

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Beijing was changing under his feet, and expatriate Alan Paul was changing, too.

A transplanted suburban dad, he was a “trailing spouse” who followed his wife on her promotion and relocation from New Jersey to Beijing. A writer used to watching the kids while working for Guitar Magazine and Slam, the leisure of overseas domestic help gave him time to begin a personal blog, and later, the online column “Expat Life” for the Wall Street Journal.

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Lucky Peach Y’all

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McSweeney’s and David Chang’s new hunger-inducing venture, Lucky Peach, is out now. Check out the McSweeney’s attention in the Wall Street Journal.

The first issue is ramen-themed. Being that there’s some sort of transitive property of common interest among those who like food, indie publishing and technology—Lucky Peach will also come in the form of an ipad app (coming next month).

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A Necessarily Incomplete But Hopefully Helpful List That Proves The Slush Pile Has a Pulse

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A couple of weeks ago, I ranted against a Wall Street Journal article that proclaimed “The Slush Pile is Dead.” The slush pile, for those who are unfamiliar, is the name for the large amount of unsolicited writing that’s submitted for publication to magazines and web sites.

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Raymond Carver: Vicarious Slumming for the WSJ

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It’s Raymond Carver night at the Rumpus! Moments after I wrote and scheduled the preceding post, I saw this tweet from the Library of America:

“WSJ on Raymond Carver: ‘There must be few story collections whose notes offer more melodrama than the main text.’ ”

Then they offered a link to the Wall Street Journal review of the collection, which bears the unfortunate-on-several-levels subhed: A reputation shaped by an editor’s hand, but a legacy formed by a writer’s maturation.

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