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Posts by: Elissa Bassist

Hold for Laughs

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The AFI Directing Workshop for Women has been dedicated to developing the talent of the next generation of film and TV female directors since 1974. Amy French, one of last year’s eight AFI DWW fellows, generated some buzz with her feature from last year, El Súperstar, and continues to bring it with Hold for Laughs, […]

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Poor Yorick Entertainment

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Upon finishing Infinite Jest (doing so is like a sacrament, which I say even though I’m Jewish), Chris Ayers created a shining visual memorial/appendage to Infinite Jest. The website Poor Yorick Entertainment is “a visual exploration of the filmography of James O. Incandenza and the world of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.” About the site: […]

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Rumpus Women on Firedoglake Book Salon

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The Rumpus Women, Vol. I contributors have been on tour. We’ve read in bookstores, bars, and family rooms in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Denver. The readings have been awe-inspiring: smart, funny, charming, sad, honest, brave. In case you couldn’t make a reading or live in Iowa, Rumpus Women will be on Firedoglake Book Salon, an online news […]

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Funny Women Are on Vacation

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Dearest Readers, Contributors, Hopeful Contributors, and Men, The Funny Women column is going away to the Sugar Shack until 2011. While you are welcome and encouraged to send submissions to funnywomen AT therumpus.net, please note I’m embarrassingly behind on reading your work and editing upcoming pieces (I have adjusted the submission guidelines to reflect this). I’ll be […]

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The Funny Women Interview with Amy Sedaris

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Feeling down? Make a Self-Esteem Shell Collage! Write a poem on a piece of paper about you and the ocean and about how you feel about the ocean and why you are special and of course the ocean and then surround the poem with whatever shells you collected that day so you will always remember […]

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Elissa Bassist Recounts The Rumpus

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In “VIDA Counts The Rumpus” two female writers from VIDA: Women in Literary Arts “crunch the numbers and let us know how The Rumpus is doing in the gender disparity department.” The verdict: we’re kinda sexist, but not as sexist as most places; that’s what the numbers say at least. But what do the people–the women, […]

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Funny Women Around the Web, 2/12/09

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The best part of editing the Funny Women column is developing e-mail relationships with various women. (Did I say various? I meant you. Only you.) Sabrina Veroczi of Booby Hatch* is my new jam. Booby Hatch is an all-female sketch comedy group that recently performed their 3-woman, 1-man show, “Cone of Silence,” at the Upright Citizen Brigade’s […]

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FUNNY WOMEN #15: How to Move to San Francisco

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First, abandon everyone you know and love. Say goodbye to friends, lovers, would-be lovers, American cheese, and sanity. You don’t need these things in San Francisco. You need isolation. You need Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. You need Saturday nights writing in your blog. This is the required pain and suffering. This is only for starters. […]

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(Mistakenly) Miss the January Monthly Rumpus?

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Read about it and see video here, thanks to Evan Karp of The SF Examiner. He condenses the whole night: “I think everyone had fun. I know I did. The main thing is to raise awareness of the site, I think, because I really am finding it more and more invaluable; and to raise money for […]

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My Imaginary Interview with Elaine Showalter

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In March of 2009, I wrote to Elaine Showalter on behalf of The Rumpus, saying she inspired me as a writer, editor, and feminist. She agreed to an interview, the focus of which would be her latest book, A Jury of Her Peers. Ranging from the instigators to contemporary innovators, Jury is the first (yeah, […]

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