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Posts Tagged: Music

Candy from Strangers: A Conversation with Jennifer Egan

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We can try to perform our inner lives, but we can’t actually reveal them. We can create a simulacrum, which is so much of what I see on social media, and that simulacrum is entertainment. It’s exciting because we all love the whiff of authenticity, and the more mediated our culture feels, the more we crave it, but we can’t actually give it away. We cannot actually break through the barrier of our individual aloneness.

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Defying Gravity: Ryka Aoki’s Light from Uncommon Stars

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This book is disarmingly—in fact, unnervingly—amoral.

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Our Recognizable, Difficult, Earthly Kingdom: Such Color by Tracy K. Smith

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Composition here becomes a process of discernment rather than pure creation.

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All the Tired Horses

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There is a cloudy line between noise and sound, routine and ritual.

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A Universe of Enterprising Divas: Raphael Cormack‘s Midnight in Cairo

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In Midnight in Cairo, the lives of the enterprising divas are interlinked.

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To Gleam at the Periphery: Talking with Kendra DeColo

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Kendra DeColo discusses her new collection, I AM NOT TRYING TO HIDE MY HUNGERS FROM THE WORLD.

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Acts of Love: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

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Zauner’s memoir is not a performance, but an act of love, including all the dirty little bits that come with it.

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Writing to Heal: Talking with Emilly Prado

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Emilly Prado discusses her debut essay collection, FUNERAL FOR FLACA.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kevin Simmonds

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Kevin Simmonds discusses his new collection, THE MONSTER I AM TODAY.

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On Monsters and Mythology: A Conversation with Alex DiFrancesco

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Alex DiFrancesco discusses their new story collection, TRANSMUTATION.

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He’s Funny That Way

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A week before our reception, three days married, I beckon Peter to come listen to the song I’ve chosen for our first dance.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Threa Almontaser

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Threa Almontaser discusses her debut collection, THE WILD FOX OF YEMEN.

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Working from Memories of Memories: A Conversation with Lauren Hough

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Lauren Hough discusses her debut essay collection, LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING.

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Black Motherhood as Literary Creation: Talking with Kaitlyn Greenidge

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Kaitlyn Greenidge discusses her new novel, LIBERTIE.

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All That Connection: A Conversation with Roberto Carlos Garcia

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Roberto Carlos Garcia discusses his third poetry collection, [ELEGIES].

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Erin Belieu

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Erin Belieu discusses her new collection, COME-HITHER HONEYCOMB.

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Swinging Modern Sounds #104: Paradise

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For me, performance is a conversation with the sacred and timeless, the sublime.

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The Quiet Poetry of Post-Rock

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You just have to sink into the music and let it wash over you.

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Swinging Modern Sounds: Observations on the Occasion of a 100th Column

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The clash of opinions about music is music itself.

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Re-Contextualizing Dolly Parton in Her Full Glory: Talking with Sarah Smarsh

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Sarah Smarsh discusses her new book, SHE COME BY IT NATURAL.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Jenny Hval

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Jenny Hval discusses her new novel, GIRLS AGAINST GOD.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Thurston Moore’s 12-String Guitar

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Even though I’ve only had my 12-string for two years, this is my favorite guitar.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Sumita Chakraborty

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Sumita Chakraborty discusses her debut collection, ARROW.

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I Had to Go There: Talking with Enzo Silon Surin

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Enzo Silon Surin discusses his debut poetry collection, WHEN MY BODY WAS A CLINCHED FIST.

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