Posts Tagged: Billy Collins

Two Extraordinary Books: Bullets into Bells and Inquisition

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The obscenities and tragedies of American life pile up with speed, and in quantities, that are appalling.

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On Joy: Three Poetry Anthologies

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With impermanence and “praise for the devil” all around, it’s a gift to rediscover joy, no matter how fleeting.

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The Rumpus Interview with Erik Kennedy

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Poet Erik Kennedy discusses literary community and his formative years as a young writer in New Jersey, and shares two new prose poems.

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Notable NYC: 2/28–3/6

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Saturday 2/28: Tom McCarthy reads Satin Island, a novel about writing the Great Report. 192 Books, 7 p.m., free. Claudia Rankine and Elizabeth Alexander read from their latest works. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free. Sunday 3/1: Joanna Fuhrman, Shelley Marlow, and Elissa Ball celebrate new books by Fuhrman and Marlow. Molasses Books, 8 p.m., free. […]

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Notable NYC: 10/25–10/31

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Saturday 10/25: Natalie Harnett, Anthony Breznican, Helen Wan, and Nicole Kear are the latest Sackett Street Writers. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free. Erica Lewis, Betsy Andrews, Claire Caldwell, and A. H. Jerriod Avant read poetry. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free. Sunday 10/26: Dania Rajendra, Ann Neumannhas, and Nathan Schneider read assorted works. Unnameable books, 6 […]

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Notable NYC: 10/21–10/27

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Monday 10/21: Novelist Jonathan Grimwood hosts Charlotte Druckman, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, and Matt Gross for an evening of storytelling focused on obsessions. Grimwood’s novel, The Last Banquet (October 2013), set in Enlightenment era Versailles, will inspire refreshments served by chef Emily Casey. Housing Works, 7pm, free. Irish author Michèle Forbes reads from her debut novel, Ghost Moth (April […]

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Writer’s Block? These TED Talks May Help

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Aerogramme Writers’ Studio, a website based in Australia, recently compiled a list of “13 Inspirational TED Talks for Writers.” Included are talks by Chimamanda Adichie, Amy Tan, Billy Collins, John Green, and more. With one exception, each talk is twenty minutes or less. Watch them when writer’s block hits or if you’re interested in another […]

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Bill Murray: Actor, Comedian, and…Poetry Reader?

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Open Culture has not one, not two, but three separate videos of Bill Murray performing at a poetry reading. The poems he’s chosen are “Forgetfulness” by Billy Collins, “What We Miss” by Sarah Manguso, and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” by Cole Porter (technically a song, but same deal). Check it out—it’s no less cool for […]

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Notable New York, This Week 9/21-9/27

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As the New York Bureau Chief, I thought it might be a good idea to round up some notable literary and cultural events going on around New York that I think readers of The Rumpus would be interested in. So, I’ll start with some nightly, and sometimes daily, notables for this week: Monday, September 21, […]

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