Posts by: Kaveh Akbar

Authors Try Their Hands at Bookselling for a Day

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Ever wonder what would happen if a bunch of well-known authors invaded your favorite indie bookstore? This past weekend, patrons around the country saw it happen. Sherman Alexie’s “Indies First” project successfully launched with writers around the nation volunteering at local independent booksellers, meeting with readers, selling books, and, in the case of children’s book […]

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Christie’s “Poirot” Draws Curtains After Twenty-Five Years

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Our own Rumblr editor, Molly McArdle, has a piece up in the Los Angeles Review of Books celebrating the twenty-five year run of “Poirot,” a British television series based on stories by Agatha Christie. In her piece, she examines the nuanced titular protagonist of “Poirot,” as well as the beloved show’s cultural and literary significance. […]

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McSweeney’s Anthology and Book Trailer!

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To commemorate their fifteenth anniversary, McSweeney’s is offering up an anthology featuring work from their past fifteen years. And they have a trailer for the anthology here. Fun fact: it features Isaac Fitzgerald and Sam Riley! You can preorder the anthology!  The collection features work from literary heavy-hitters like George Saunders, David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Ames, and […]

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Rare Footage of O’Hara, Ginsberg, Baraka Emerges

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Yesterday, avant-garde cinema legend Jonas Mekas posted remarkable archival footage of Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’hara, Amiri Baraka (who still went by Leroi Jones), and Ray Bremser reading together in 1959. The reading, which took place at the Living Theater in New York City, was a benefit for Yugen magazine. No audio was recorded at the […]

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“Medora” Screening Coming to San Francisco

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On November 18th, San Francisco’s Roxie Theater will be screening Medora, the gripping basketball documentary that dazzled critics at SXSW. Directed by Davy Rothbart, founder and editor of FOUND Magazine, the film chronicles a high school basketball team from Medora, Indiana. Watch the economically devastated community rally behind their long shot Medora Hornets in what Academy […]

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Advice for Broke Writers

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While the notion of an author subsisting in a tuberculine, Dickensian squalor may appeal to some, the truth is that most writers have cell phone payments and Netflix bills like everyone else. For those writers, Scratch Mag may prove useful. The new journal, launched by Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin, aims to help “writers who are struggling […]

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