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Posts Tagged: jason diamond

Critics vs. Readers

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Critics don’t seem to like Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, but that hasn’t stopped readers from buying more than a million copies of the novel. Vanity Fair poses the question: but is it art? The New Republic suggests this kind of criticism is infantile. Meanwhile, Flavorwire’s Jason Diamond thinks a bigger problem is the disconnect between critics and readers: […]

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Marveling At Roxane Gay

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The literary community loves Rumpus Essays Editor Roxanne Gay. She’s prolific, supportive, and a great writer. Jason Diamond, writing over at Flavorwire, explains further: While I can’t really comment on whether she’s from Krypton or offer any definitive knowledge of her sleep habits, as somebody who has read Gay’s work for a few years now, […]

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Still Writing Like a Motherfucker

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An article published in Flavorwire hails Cheryl Strayed (Rumpus’ very own Sugar) as a publishing hero. In Jason Diamond’s words, “Strayed is the rare type of writer who is both critically and commercially embraced, but also keeps her feet firmly planted in the literary world.” But how did this come to be? Diamond suggests that Strayed’s work ethic is the key. “Strayed has found […]

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The Midwest is the Future of American Literature

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Flavorwire’s Jason Diamond insists that writers can eschew New York City in favor of greener pastures, offering a comprehensive defense of Franzen country: A closer look at the literary map of the 50 states reveals that even if the publishing industry writ large is situated in New York and Los Angeles, some of the most exciting things going […]

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Rumpus Writers Help Define Modern Literature

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Flavorwire’s Jason Diamond has compiled a list of fifty books that defined the past five years of literature. From the universally acclaimed (Wolf Hall) to the controversial (what purpose did i serve in your life), from the literary heavyweights (Tenth of December) to the pop-culture juggernauts (The Hunger Games), these books “show what is great about […]

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Notable NYC: 11/16–11/22

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Saturday 11/16: Elizabeth Clark Wessel and Vladisalv Davizon read works in translation along with selections of their own poems. Molasses Books (Facebook), 8pm free. Laurent Binet discuses his new novel, HHhH with Paul La Farge. HHhH (2012) is translated from the French by Sam Taylor. McNally Jackson, 7pm, free. Sunday 11/17: Yvonne Garrett, Elizabeth Keenan, […]

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Alas, Poor Transatlantic Review!

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The Paris Review just celebrated its sixtieth birthday—and not a gray hair in sight! But many game-changing, sterling-quality literary magazines didn’t make it to that ripe old(ish) age. At Flavorwire, Jason Diamond rounds up some of the Paris Review‘s most promising peers and their untimely deaths.

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Seeing What Wharton Saw

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Jason Diamond writes about how he came to a deeper understanding of Edith Wharton, her work, and the New York neighborhood where she grew up and which Diamond “once tried so hard to avoid.” Wharton is one of the few great fiction writers whose work takes on a different meaning when you begin to understand […]

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Love in Lake Forest

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At The Paris Review, Rumpus contributor Jason Diamond wonders about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s repeated references to Lake Forest, Illinois, determining that the city’s significance derived from the fact that it was the hometown of Fitzgerald’s first love, Ginevra King, who informed the character of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. “The next day I got […]

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Always A Barista To Somebody

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In The New York Times, Jason Diamond writes about celebrating having his work published, while the rest of the world still remembers him for his former barista days. “And while I may always be more recognizable on the city streets for my great steamed milk than for my killer prose, there are worse things than […]

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