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Posts by: Casey Dayan

Ulysses: The Video Game

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The game is currently in the development and crowdfunding stage, but it already looks pretty interesting, even psychedelic. Its title, In Ulysses: Proteus, comes from the chapter of the novel that it tackles. In it, Dedalus wanders across a desolate beach, closes his eyes, and ponders the shifting nature of reality and the disconnect between […]

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The Marriage of Music and Poetry

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Brown has tied the concept to sound/color synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that causes people to see color when they hear music. Her research has led her to believe that during Dickinson’s most productive creative period (1860–1865), she could have been experiencing this type of synesthesia. The time coincides with an eye affliction Dickinson suffered, which […]

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Believer Now Accepting Classifieds

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Say you want to rant somewhere it’ll be seen. Or send a love letter, publicly. Or write short, realistic fiction in the form of ads about how your grandmother has been captured by neo-Nazi zombies demanding a large vat of non-kosher, organ-based meats in return for her safety. The Believer’s opening up a new classifieds […]

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How to Read Online and Still Understand Things

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This New Yorker article sums up some recent thinking on the psychological effects of online reading. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that […]

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Feminism Today

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At the Los Angeles Review of Books, editor and founder of Bookslut.com Jessa Crispin writes on feminism in its contemporary incarnation by way of two recent critiques of 50 Shades of Grey. She draws a distinction between feminism (a discourse) and feminism (a table-turning form of social domination) wherein “The bullied become the bullies [and the] […]

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A Parable in the Desert

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McSweeney’s gives us another weighty parable, “We Can Argue about What Makes Mirages after We Get out of the Desert.” Apply to ISIS, Ukraine, or forehead. Tim, it’s not that I don’t believe you watched a documentary on mirages, that’s not something I feel like a person would lie about, but the diagrams you’re drawing in […]

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Rent-a-Man

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Find here at the New Yorker a short history of Ted Peckham, an entrepreneur in the first half of the last century known for his male escort service, indicted for the possibilities it opened up. The escort “would have to remain the perfect cavalier, attractive, entertaining, and ingratiating throughout an entire evening, even if he didn’t […]

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Excavated Heartbreaking Interview with David Foster Wallace

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I didn’t really understand emotionally that there are people around who didn’t have enough to eat, who weren’t warm enough, who didn’t have a place to live, whose parents beat the hell out of them regularly. The sadness isn’t in seeing it, the sadness is in realizing how phenomenally lucky I am, not only to […]

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Soldiers on Donkeys, Corpses in Pools

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Peter van Agtmael “has no desire to be at war.” But he spends his life documenting it with his camera, in all its manifestations: from the barracks to the homes of veterans. In the introduction to his recent book-length collection, Disco Night Sept. 11, van Agtmael writes: For every story that is recorded there are nearly […]

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Radiohead Banned, YouTube Like Amazon?

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Surprisingly, YouTube is only now getting its foot in the door with the music streaming game. Their grand entrance, according to this article at Salon, involves terms with which a large number of independent artists disagree—Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, and Animal Collective, just to name a few. YouTube is planning to block these artists from streaming. Ultimately […]

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Gender in the Gym

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L.A.-based painter and designer (and Rumpus illustrator) Andrea Nakhla and Toronto-based writer Nada Alic recently self-published an illustrated zine, Future You. Issue 1 includes contributions from photographer Angela Lewis and Nik Ewing of Local Natives. There’s much about gender, fear, and coming of age. You can find the digital preview here, and order your copy here.

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Young Writer Cold, Too Many Drafts

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You may have encountered the six word story in lit class, Hemingway’s“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Follow us here for a site dedicated to them. Six-Word Memoirs is hosting the #SixWords Festival on Twitter, June 4th-6th. To kick the event off, Maria Shriver, Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Molly Ringwald will be judging the “Best Advice in Six […]

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Love (or Something), Virtually

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And the winner of Best Opening Line Ever goes to: “I was a gay man playing ‘Warcraft’ as a beautiful woman, and he was a Mormon virgin. Our romance was a time bomb.” Over at Salon, Elliot Glen tells the story of his pixel-mediated relationship with a callow, straight, Mormon virgin: I first met SaltySaber […]

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Strangling Yourself While Trying To Sing

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Over at Maud Newton’s website—a letter, to you, on old family letters. Dusty old leaves from the early 1900s, excavated from here or there. Grandpa’s love triangle. An apology from the sanitarium in which Aunt Louise died. There’s magic in letters. Ah—but where? In a letter I wrote last year for The Rumpus’ Letters in […]

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Lit Clicks and Small Bubbles (and Long, Zany Titles)

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Did Vonnegut call it when he expressed his concerns about literature “disappearing up its own [asterisks]”? To all the postmodern articles on why postmodern articles don’t get looked at, to all the callow insecurity, the boggy, invasive, self-reflexivity, the semantic, obsessive, genre-tagging: Stop it and write. Write. Write. Like a motherfucker, write. Or if you’re […]

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Get the Little Dickens a Pit Bull. Or, You Know, Meth.

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The idea for Galunker was born from two authors’ realizations that “one million pit bulls will be killed in shelters next year.” One million. Because of a misconception. “A pit bull is no more dangerous,” the Huffington Post reminds us, “than any other dog its size.” Of course, as is the case with most children’s […]

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Brown Bag Your American Literature, Quick

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Michael Gove, Britain’s Education Secretary, is rewriting Britain’s public school curriculum to be more British. To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and The Crucible are among the titles being dropped from required reading lists. “I put this in the context of what’s going on in Europe and the world at large, which is […]

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