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Posts Tagged: BuzzFeed

Rumpus Round-Up: All the Abramson News Fit to Print

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Jill Abramson, the first woman to head the New York Times as executive editor, was abruptly fired Wednesday and replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet. The New Yorker attempted to explain why, with the leading theory being Abramson’s discovery several weeks ago that she earned less than her male predecessor. But Vanity Fair reported that publisher […]

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Literary Mothers

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Catching up with Mother’s Day weekend, BuzzFeed Books looks at Nadxieli Nieto’s newly launched Literary Mothers tumblr featuring short essays by women writers on the authors that have inspired them. Says Nieto on why she started the site: “My literary mothers, the writers whose work I devoured late at night — cigarette in hand, propped against the flaking […]

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Race, Power, Publishing

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The disproportionally white publishing industry matters because agents and editors stand between writers and readers. Anika Noni Rose put it perfectly in Vanity Fair this month: “There are so many writers of color out there, and often what they get when they bring their books to their editors, they say, ‘We don’t relate to the character.’ Well it’s […]

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Alexander Chee on MFA Programs

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Take a break from wracking your brain about whether or not to get an MFA and go read Rumpus Pal Alexander Chee’s essay “What Getting an MFA In Fiction Meant To Me” at BuzzFeed. Chee beautifully narrates the inner debate he had with himself for many years over the decision to pursue an MFA. It’s […]

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Literary Friendships

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Rumpus interviews editor Rebecca Rubenstein has an awesome interview with Cheryl Strayed (a.k.a. Dear Sugar), Lidia Yuknavitch, and Suzy Vitello at BuzzFeed Books. They discuss how they make and sustain amazing and inspiring literary friendships amid the chaos of writing, day-to-day life, and everything else in between. Here’s a quote from Strayed: I think one […]

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Sometimes It’s Okay to Read the Comments

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It’s a truism among people who spend a lot of time online that you should never, under any circumstances, read the comments—especially not YouTube comments. But when writer Mark Slutsky broke that rule, he found unexpected flashes of genuine emotion hidden in the cesspool of racial slurs and semiliterate rantings—memories of a deceased friend under […]

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How Has the Internet Changed Longform Journalism?

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Ideally, online longform nonfiction combines the strengths of the print world with those of the Internet, granting writers the rigorous editing and reporting resources they’d get at a magazine but freeing them from the constraints of word limits and limited audiences. So what’s with the backlash against longreads? Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith explains at Medium.

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George Saunders,Timebends, and What Art Is Supposed to Do

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There is a great interview over at BuzzFeed Books with George Saunders in which he discusses Arthur Miller’s Timebends and what he believes the purpose of art is. I also found myself really excited by Miller’s basic assumptions about art: It’s important, it is supposed to change us, it’s not supposed to be trivial or […]

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“Little Black Girls Are Taught How to Be Silent”

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The defenders always ask the same questions: How old is 14, really? Why didn’t they tell anyone sooner if they were so innocent? Why didn’t they say anything at all? Using the recent publicity about decades of allegations against R. Kelly as a springboard, Rumpus contributor Ashley Ford writes about the reasons young girls stay silent […]

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A Helpful Flowchart for All Aspiring Novelists

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“Are you absolutely, positively, and wholeheartedly ready to publish your novel?” Then you’re gonna need this flowchart, created by Ryan Lewis and Anna Hurley for 826 National and highlighted by our co-owner Isaac Fitzgerald on Buzzfeed. It’ll help you figure out whether to dedicate your book to “that barista with the really cool forearm tattoo” […]

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Notable NYC: 11/30–12/6

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Saturday 12/7: Natalie Eilbert, Mike Bushnell, Rob Ostrom, and Christie Ann Reynolds inaugurate the Banquet reading series with an evening of poetry. Eilbert is the founder and editor of The Atlas Review. The Banquet series was launched intending to highlight the intersection of poetry performance and audience experience; it is the product of curators Joshua Kleinberg, […]

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All the Buzz

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As Stephen Elliott pointed out, people just can’t stop talking about new Buzzfeed books editor Isaac Fitzgerald. Roxane Gay wrote that Isaac is going to be “an intelligent and eminently capable editor.” This isn’t the first time that Roxane has written about his editorial skills. When Isaac left his post here at The Rumpus, she wrote: But there’s always […]

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Isaac is Buzzfeed’s First Books Editor

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Brace yourself, San Francisco. Former Rumpus managing editor and current Rumpus co-owner Isaac Fitzgerald is moving to New York City to become BuzzFeed’s first books editor. What will this new books section look like?  He foresees a section built on “shareable content” and personal essays from authors — “things that people want to share but also can connect […]

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Two-Sentence Horror Stories

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Last week, a Reddit user posed a question: “What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences?” The question received over 14,000 comments and Buzzfeed compiled twelve of the best. Some are a little unnerving and others are completely terrifying, but all are entertaining.

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The Faces of Immigration 100 Years Ago

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To celebrate the Senate’s approval of immigration-reform legislation, Buzzfeed has a collection of photos of immigrants who came through Ellis Island near the turn of the last century. From a Romanian shepherd with an extremely intense hundred-yard stare to a group of women from the Caribbean island of Guadaloupe, there are some really compelling faces—and clothes—to […]

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Ode to Orlando Cruz

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The Rumpus’s Self-Made Man, Thomas Page McBee has an eloquent personal essay on BuzzFeed about Orlando Cruz, the first active boxer to come out as gay. In the macho world of boxing, Cruz is a pioneer for the LGBT community and was an inspiration to McBee as he himself got into the sport. Being a writer, […]

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Saeed Jones Joins BuzzFeed!

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We’re thrilled that Rumpus contributor Saeed Jones is the new editor of BuzzFeed LGBT. Read the just-released BuzzFeed LGBT manifesto, and we’re sure you’ll share our excitement. Another reason to celebrate: Saeed’s first BuzzFeed piece, “How Men Fight for Their Lives” was reprinted from the Rumpus!

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