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Posts by: Julie Morse

The GhostTweeter

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Too busy and famous to tweet? Hire a ghostposter. Originally a speech-writing firm, Gotham Ghostwriters provides profession ghostposting services; covert, virtual banter for celebrities. You’re probably no longer wondering why certain personalities sound smarter on the internet then they do in real life. Getting paid to be on Facebook might sound easy but the work […]

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Memorializing the Card Catalog

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Sometimes it’s hard for a librarian to admit that we’ve arrived at the age of the virtual card catalog system. It’s a sentiment that’s especially true for Greenfield Community College librarian Hope Schneider who spent fourteen years sending out retired catalog cards to their respective authors asking for a signature or a short tribute. Some […]

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The Passage of Ideas

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Every day, we collectively produce millions of books’ worth of writing. Globally we send 154.6 billion emails, more than 400 million tweets, and over 1 million blog posts and around 2 million blog comments on WordPress. On Facebook, we post about 16 billion words. Altogether, we compose some 3.6 trillion words every day on email […]

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The Death of Chick-Lit?

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Are the days of chick lit finally over? The Atlantic seems to think so. There’s a new genre in town, and it’s called farm-lit. Novels about women who abandon their high-stress city lives to go live on farms and small, rural towns. Characters who once struggled to balance their work, friendship, love and their metropolis […]

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Brooklyn Public Library’s Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project

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The Brooklyn Public Library is inviting all Brooklyn residents to participate in its Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project. News articles and statistics don’t equate to personal narratives recounting the emotional impact of the storm. Participants will be interviewed for 20-30 minutes and their stories will be preserved in a permanent collection and many will be […]

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Zombie Authors: Naomi Alderman and Margaret Atwood

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At The Barnes and Nobel Review, Maud Newton interviews Naomi Alderman, winner of the Orange Award for New Writers and co-writer with Margaret Atwood of The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, a recently published e-novel only available on Watt. Newton and Alderman stray away from zombie talk and instead discuss religion and Alderman’s experience growing up […]

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Happy May Day!

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Dissent Magazine is celebrating International Workers Day by asking journalists to comment on their favorite labor movement victories of the year. Highlights include the induction of paid sick leave bills in New York City, Portland, OR, and Long Beach, CA; Chicago’s fast-food and retail workers ‘Strike for 15’ – a demand to increase the hourly […]

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The Golden Gate Bridge = The George Washington Bridge?

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Want to leave NYC but fear too much about abandoning your beloved Red Hook/Boreum Hill/Washington Heights/Harlem/Upper West Side…? Check out The Morning News’s list of counterpart neighborhoods throughout the US and abroad. Rumpus pal Alexander Chee recommends Portland, Maine’s Vinalhaven in place of Bushwick, and former Saturday editor Michelle Dean praises Toronto’s Leslieville as Park Slope’s […]

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Guantanamo’s Library

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Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie Savage is one of the few journalistic voices speaking out on Guantanamo Bay. He’s also the only one to compile a Tumblr of the prison’s library. There are apparently 3,500 books on “pre-approved topics,” which, according to the library policy, do not include geography or ad agencies. However, the awkward collection does boast […]

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2nd Person Narrative Is On The Scene!

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It’s rare to see the “you” perspective thriving in the literary sphere, but Kjerstin Johnson’s Doug Fir Fiction Award winning “Employee Discounts: A Post College Job at Barnes and Noble” and Ashley Chamber’s “You Will Make Several Relaxing Cuts” are both recently published reader-addressing short stories that guarantee to entertain.

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Women Writers and the Interview

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Are male and female writers interviewed equally? Loraine Berry at Talking Writing thinks not. It’s gone to show that interviewers are often more interested in a female writer’s dietary habits and marital problems than their literary processes and work. Jodi Picoult says that she has been asked how she lost weight many, many times. Jennifer […]

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Boston Marathon Roundup

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If you’re looking for a token of solace after the Boston marathon bombings, please check out Roxane Gay’s words if you haven’t already. And Thomas Page McBee reflects on ways to help when feeling helpless. At the Guardian, Rumpus columnist Steve Almond comments on the histrionic attitude the media has taken on in the wake of […]

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Karen Russell Shortlisted for an IMPAC

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Exciting news! Recent Rumpus interviewee Karen Russell is shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for her novel Swamplandia! Nominations for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award are submitted by public libraries worldwide, and any book can be nominated as long as it has an English translation. Winning authors receive, £100,000, the most valuable literary prize […]

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The Next Letter In The Mail: Dobby Gibson

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The next Letter in the Mail, going out this Monday, is from poet Dobby Gibson! Gibson is the author of It Becomes You and two Minnesota Book Award winners, Polar and Skirmish, which Rumpus reviewer Sean Singer calls “a smart, clever, pyrotechnical book that will hold your attention. It concerns speech, its idioms, clichés, and […]

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O, Miami

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If you’re down south this April, please come and check out O, Miami, a month-long poetry festival that promises to deliver a poem to all 2.6 million+ residents of Miami-Dade County. It’s an explosive event that is reinventing Miami as a literary arts destination. Its itinerary is packed with artists, poets, musicians and comedians. There […]

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“The Nato Sessions” Premiere This Monday!

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Hey San Francisco! This Monday, April 8th is the premiere of The Nato Sessions: Live Conversating & Podcastery with Famous Smart People, hosted by comedian and Rumpus contributor Nato Green, and featuring literary and comedic figures such as Gerard Jones, Ayelet Waldman, Mort Sahl and Helene Wecker. It’s a series that runs every Monday for […]

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Number of Asian-American and Latino TV Writers on the Rise

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If the depressing VIDA count has got you down, Colorlines has some news that could lift your spirits. According to the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) the number of Latino and Asian-American television writers has doubled since the year 2000. That’s not to say that the number of screenwriters is actually proportionate to the […]

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Mission Art Explosion This Weekend!

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San Francisco! Come out this weekend to Art Explosion Spring Open Studios. The opening reception will be held this Friday night at two locations, 2425 17th St and 744 Alabama St, from 7pm-11pm. There will be open studios on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm. Art Explosion features over 140 painters, sculptures, fashion designers, photographers, and jewelers. […]

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