Posts Tagged: Washington DC

Dispatches from the Swamp: The Babble in the Bubble

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To the extent that America—that great big word that makes us all so anxious—exists at all, it exists as a vast and noisy sheet of bubble wrap.

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The Lens Magnifies, the Mirror Reflects: What Photos from the Race War Show Us about Ourselves

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[Still photos] grab what otherwise might feel too foreign to understand.

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Dispatches from the Swamp: The Absolute Necessity of Softball

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And then one guy on his team yells, “You have to touch the bases, buddy! This is still America!” That is all it takes. For one guy on the other side to put country over party.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Brendan Canty’s Vintage Drums

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I just remember when I first started playing that set how beautiful and perfect it was. Having a real instrument really made a difference. I started really playing!

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Dispatches from the Swamp: I Watched the Comey Hearings in a DC Bar with a Face Full of Novocaine

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All of us, at some point over the last six months, have wished in one way or another that we could be anesthetized. That we could chemically numb the parts of our brains that flare out with anxiety every time our phones (those luminous portals of dread) vibrate with a news alert. That we could […]

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Ian Svenonius’s “Principles of Modernism”

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[T]he most essential thing is actually a kind of worldview, a mindset—or maybe it’s an ideology.

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 21 Poems That Shaped America (Pt. 7): “Facing It”

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There should be no forgetting, much less forgiveness, of what happened during the Vietnam War.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Bookstore sales continue to grow. In the wake of the presidential election, bookstores are becoming more than just shops and are serving their communities as impromptu community centers. More independent bookstores are becoming publishers. Bushwick Brooklyn’s Molasses Books has started fundraising for good causes following Trump’s election. Bridgeside Books in Waterbury is trying to make Black […]

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Natural Born Drivers

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He only knew that the Blazer, like the green card, was something he wanted my brother and me to have, so that we knew we deserved things, things like America.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Thao Nguyen’s Release

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The thing I want to talk about is something I’m not in possession of anymore, but of all the things I’ve lost it’s the thing I think about the most.

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The Rumpus Interview with Paula Whyman

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Paula Whyman discusses her debut collection You May See a Stranger, discovering truth in fiction, and how memory interferes with good storytelling.

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DC Punk for Everyone

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Dischord Records has made its entire discography available on Bandcamp, meaning that anyone can immediately become an expert on what it took many of us at least a full year of high school to collect via mixtape. The archive includes seminal DC punk and hardcore bands like Minor Threat, Fugazi, Rites of Spring, and the Faith. Check out the […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Independent bookstores are thriving because many are adapting technology and learning how to better serve their local community. A stunning new bookstore has opened in eastern China with dazzling displays and whimsical architecture. Bookstores in Barcelona are adapting as Spain deals with a shrinking economy. The New Republic takes a look at how a bookstore […]

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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. The Ripped Bodice opened this week in Los Angeles, becoming the city’s […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Chicago’s Wicker Park has been gentrifying, but Quimby’s, a quirky indie bookstore, remains a haven for alt lit. Amazon probably doesn’t care whether customers buy anything from its physical stores. The New Yorker takes a look at why China is cracking down on dissidents, including Hong Kong booksellers that disappeared late last year.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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One Moore Books in Monrovia, Liberia, plans on publishing books aimed at children. The shop was founded by thirty-year-old Wayétu Moore, who fled Liberia as a refugee at the age of five. Three years ago, Jenny Milchman launched Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day with the goal of getting children who ordinarily don’t have […]

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District of Books

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The American city that spends the most money on books, magazines, and newspapers—Washington, DC—will soon be left without any chain bookstores. Melville House reports that as of Dec. 31, 2015, there will no longer be any chain bookstores in the nation’s capital. “… [T]he closure of this particular Barnes & Noble doesn’t mean Amazon has stolen the hearts […]

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Reginald Dwayne Betts

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Reginald Dwayne Betts about his new book Bastards of the Reagan Era.

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Sound & Vision: Scott Crawford

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Director and punk rock enthusiast Scott Crawford talks with Allyson McCabe about his film Salad Days, his punk fanzine Metrozine, Kickstarter, and DIY music culture.

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