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Monthly Archives:: April 2014

Notable Los Angeles: 4/28–5/4

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Monday 4/28: When’s the last time you brightened up someone’s day? Go volunteer for 826LA. Tuesday 4/29: Red Hen Press features a reading by Robin Coste Lewis and Ron Koertge. Brendan Constantine will moderate. 7:00 p.m. at Boston Court Performing Arts Center. $10.00 General / $5.00 Student & Senior. Benjamin Ross discusses his book Dead End: […]

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National Poetry Month Day 28: from “Bombyonder” by Reb Livingston

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from Bombyonder Without an imaginary world, without a proper backpack, without my little pink orb, without an old tablet’s commandments, without a hair dryer, empty hands, empty birdcage obscured by a crate of empties. Left without a predictable choice, without direct involvement, without being wiser, left without leave, left what I came with, left with […]

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The Whiteness of BookCon

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This year’s BookCon is facing a lot of heat for the lack of diversity in their speakers. BookRiot feels that popular YA author (and one of BookCon’s speakers this year) John Green needs to speak up about the controversy flying around him. If you’re going to be called a prophet, eventually someone’s going to expect […]

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Dan Weiss’s Morning Coffee

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The Cold War was actually pretty great (in terms of helping us find lost ancient cities). Meanwhile: let’s all enjoy some Soviet spaceship interiors. SYNCHRONICITY ON THE INTERNET: Soviet visions of the transportation of tomorrow. Cuttlefish have nothing to do with the Cold War but are wonderful. Pelican books are pretty neat too huh?

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National Poetry Month Day 27: “Prodigal Electrons Return to Shine” by Matthew Zapruder

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Prodigal Electrons Return to Shine is the name of the movie she wants to see, the first the daughter of a famous director whose plots to her always seemed designed for others with more sophisticated problems made, about a man who wears gray excellent suits and thinks too much about science. Always he is both […]

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Roxane Gay and Leslie Jamison Get Personal About Essays

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Rumpus essays editor and author of the forthcoming essay collection Bad Feminist Roxane Gay sat down to talk with The Empathy Exams author Leslie Jamison and Michele Filgate; the three women had an insightful conversation about essays, sexuality, and nuance over on Salon. “I don’t think the essay is any more popular than it has been before, but I […]

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Notable NYC: 4/26–5/2

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Saturday 4/26: Andrew Durbin and Rod Smith join the Segue Series. Durbin’s Mature Themes is forthcoming from Nightboat Books. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Brooklyn Zine Fest. Brooklyn Historical Society, 11 a.m., free. Sunday 4/27: Emily Brandt, editor of No Dear, hosts Walking Distance, a reading series featuring nearby writers including co-editor Alex Cuff, Natalie […]

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National Poetry Month Day 26: “Everything Twice” by Rae Gouirand

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Everything Twice Pinkened quince with potatoes, cold for breakfast. Stones by the door I’ve pocketed the last year. Too bright today to see the road. One blue for the sky, one for the hills, no shadows. The spoons and how they fit as a group, each one becoming plural. The forks and the untangling of […]

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Plunge Into the Dark with Open Eyes

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Terrifying though the unknown may seem, there are benefits to plunging into the murky waters of uncertainty. In an essay featured in the New Yorker, Rebecca Solnit writes, “It’s the job of writers and explorers to see more, to travel light when it comes to preconception, to go into the dark with their eyes open.” There is so much we […]

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Twitter: The Next Great American Novel

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Fans of the hit television show “The Office” will surely know that former “Office” star BJ Novak has come out with a collection of stories entitled One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Find out on Mashable why Novak thinks social media may unleash a new generation of prolific writers: “[Social media] makes everyone aware of the minutia […]

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Discussion Nostalgia, Book Clubbing

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Up on your wall behind your office desk is a small sheet of paper, gold-leaf embossed, an emblem in the bottom right hand corner—it reads: The University of Something-or-Rather in authoritative print. But is the paper just filling space? You miss the seminars, the depth, the charged discussions… Have a look at this article from the Huffington […]

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Notable Chicago: 4/25–5/1

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Friday 4/25: Seminary Co-op Bookstore celebrates the release of new books from four Chicago writers. In conjunction with Switchgrass Books, Curbside Splendor, and McSweeney’s, the Bookstore hosts Joe Peterson, Bill Hillman, Ben Tanzer, and Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5:30-7 p.m. Guild Literary Complex teams with Facets Multimedia in Lincoln Park to screen two short films […]

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National Poetry Month Day 25: “Rogue Benediction” by Wendy C. Ortiz

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Rogue Benediction And we entered the Valley of the Rogue. And we slowed to a crawl. The night’s envelope sealed us in. After several hours, cars deep on the interstate, we resigned ourselves: this first night would be the gateway, the opening to a roguish place where I would no longer have answers, become unable […]

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Insert Short Story Here

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[Beginning in media res in mother’s house.] [Sufficiently dramatic exposition with an obvious, planted echo to the story’s climax.] Story in need of kindling? Take a gander at this short story template from McSweeney’s. Use it as a guide— —Ok. Fine, it may be more along the lines of what not to do. Still may […]

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Dan Weiss’s Morning Coffee

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Protip: Don’t unleash 1.5 million balloons over a major city. Now some FRENCH vintage movie posters! In the future all news will be delivered via scented bubbles. Obviously we need to bomb Mars. Oh hello there newly discovered 19th Century SF shipwreck.

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The Artful Sentence of Denis Johnson

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Sentence construction. That’s all a writer does anyhow, right? Not all sentences are made with great care and hold sentiments like this one: There is something artful and sad in juxtaposing the certainty that something is wrong with the uncertainty over what that thing is. Tin House explores the artistic genius tucked away in the sentences crafted […]

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