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Posts by: Rebecca Rubenstein

Pro Tip: Penning The Erotic

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Erotic fiction seems to be making some kind of comeback. In light of this, we could all learn a thing or two from Seth Fried. The writer spices up “Das Kolumne” by teaching us how to write erotica. To wit: “Readers who seek out erotica tend to be motivated more out of curiosity and boredom […]

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“The Devil’s Treasure”

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We’ve written about Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading with excitement before, and this week is no exception. The latest issue features new writing from Mary Gaitskill: an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, titled “The Devil’s Treasure.” We won’t spoil any of it here, but let’s just say it feels good to read Gaitskill’s work again. The excerpt is […]

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Reading Between The Lines

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Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Elizabeth Koch tackles neuroscience, quantum physics, linguistics, OCD, Russians, precocious children, interconnectivity, interactive books, and learning to write again. From “The Space Between the Lines Is Your Life”: “Keep your pen on the page, my instructor told me, and you will see a map of your life. The […]

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The Deckle Edge

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If you’re still reading paper books—and more notably, hardbacks—you’ve probably noticed some of the pages look a little rough around the edges. Two years ago, The Millions published a piece on the “deckle edge,” a byproduct of the paper-making process that causes book pages to appear worn. Prominent until the 1800s, the deckle made its comeback in […]

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Weekend Essay Round-Up

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Here are three rad Rumpus essays you may have missed while sipping bottomless mimosas and taking in summer delights this weekend: David L. Ulin watches his son grow up in a New York entirely separate from the one he knew as a boy, and discovers some generational idiosyncrasies along the way. Michelle Dean prepares another […]

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Post Haste

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This month, the U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with its plan to cut service hours and close stores nationwide, despite the continued existence of exchanges, such as Postcrossing and The Rumpus’s own Letters in the Mail (ahem!). Morning Edition reports on a family hit especially hard by this news. The Woods, who have owned and […]

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