Posts Tagged: the bible

New-Old, Old-New: Erica Dawson’s When Rap Spoke Straight to God

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Dawson plays with many tropes—light and dark, the spiritual vs. the corporeal—while questioning the everyday myths that surround us.

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The Rumpus Interview with Connie Wanek

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Connie Wanek discusses her latest book, Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems, the challenge of looking back at older poems, and what prioritizing writing looks like.

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Mary Wept over Sex Worker’s Rights

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At The Believer, Shannon Tien caught up with Chester Brown, graphic novelist and author of the newly released Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, which Tien describes as “essentially a layman’s interpretation of the Bible.” Mary Wept is a collection of graphic adaptations of Biblical scenes involving prostitution, including Brown’s interpretation of Mary as a […]

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All About Banned Books

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Americans love banning books, and the winners of this year’s most banned books have been announced by the American Library Association. John Green’s young adult novel Looking for Alaska takes the top spot, keeping Green in the top ten. He was joined this year by the Bible. Other big winners on the top ten list […]

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Where to Shelve Scripture?

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At the New Yorker, Rollo Romig examines the unique position of scripture as literary genre through the lens of history, and with the help of Avi Steinberg’s recent nonfiction title The Lost Book of Mormon. Romig moves through a line of (relatively) recent cases when new scriptures have been introduced, mostly in the US, and attempts to […]

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Secret Paintings Magically Appear in Old Books

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If you haven’t yet seen these secret fore-edge paintings—paintings that appear on the side of the book opposite the spine when you squish the pages into a slanted line—they’re well worth a look. Both Flavorwire and io9 have posts with various photos, animations, and videos. Some of the paintings are thematically fitting (a depiction of […]

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Biblical Narratives Revisited

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“Philip Esler’s book seeks to probe the mindset of ancient Israelite readers, to uncover their cultural presuppositions and to reveal the patriarchal, patrilocal and patrilinear structures in which their narratives make sense.” Esler’s Sex, Wives, and Warriors: Reading Biblical Narrative with its Ancient Audience walks us through a number of the Bible’s dramatic stories, highlighting […]

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A FAN’S NOTES, The Rumpus Sports Column #32: The Quarterback Birthright

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When you hear the word rivalry, do you think of old-fashioned sibling throat-grabbing? Are you reminded, for instance, of the moment in the Book of Genesis when Joseph’s brothers rip off his famous ornamented coat and sell their annoyingly prophetic sibling into slavery? Or do you think of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning?

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Stuck Between Two Impossible Libraries

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“Every librarian, every book collector, finds him or herself between these two mythical places—the Perfect Library of God and the Infinite Library of Babel, the one transcribed by Jerome, the other by Borges.” At Lapham’s Quarterly, a beautiful meditation on libraries, God, St. Jerome and Borges — and at the same a pithy diagnosis of […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Who doesn’t like bookplate porn? (via) The Rumpus doesn’t do pop culture, but if you happen to have written something about Lady Gaga, you might want to send it here. (PS. GIANT doesn’t lie. Kate Durbin is awesome.) Apparently, this Orange Prize judge thinks women — at least the women nominated for the Orange Prize […]

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Morning Coffee

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My coworker wants me to drop an F-Bomb. Photographers talk about their hardest earned shots. way rad. The people of Spain understand who deserves memorializing: Almodovar’s monument. Have you heard about the Conservative Bible Project? You probably have. Sorry! Photographing memorabilia. Guardian UK on sleep paralysis. (via Gerrycanavan.) San Francisco to harness the power of […]

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