Posts Tagged: The Morning News

On Art and Writing

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Trying to convey emotion in composition (plot) and not brushwork (emotional question) is misguided. Author Benjamin Percy has a quote that applies to this: “A-list movies are always about a B-list plot; B-list movies are always about an A-list plot.”Nineteenth-century Pre-Raphaelites attempted to engage the viewer’s emotional response in composition, which made the work infamously […]

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The Bookstores Will Survive

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A bright spot in the midst of all the back-and-forth in the Amazon battle—Kate Brittain, at The Morning News, writes about the state of independent bookstores: I began my search in a nervous mood. But as I entered name after name into the database, wandering virtually into every store I could discover between our shining seas, I […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Playing off of Jerry Seinfeld’s video series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” The Morning News introduced a new column earlier this month called “Novelists in Restaurants Eating Food.” Roxane Gay offered up the first sampling, and this Wednesday, Jami Attenburg contributed the second, “Café de la Esquina.” Should there be doubts as to the genre of the review/not review, the editors […]

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Happy Birthday Mr. President?

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We think not! George Washington’s birthday is actually on February 22nd but thanks to some decisions by the people in charge, we will probably never celebrate the man’s actual birthday on the right day. Mike Duncan and Rumpus illustrator Jason Novak talk about the misplaced birthday of George Washington and the birth of a three […]

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“Give Me Your Little Paw”

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In a luminous essay for the Morning News, Julia Phillips describes tagging along with the mushers of the Beringia, a Russian dogsled race that’s like the Iditarod but even more intense. It’s a definite must-read in which Phillips deftly chronicles the simultaneous beauty and horror of half-wild dogs, a rainbow of Russian curses, the “mat […]

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Tournament of Books X Begins!

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Get ready for the Morning News’s tenth annual Tournament of Books, a “March Madness–style battle royale” to determine which work of fiction will reign supreme (though the site is careful to note that the competition “is not an attempt to formalize the best 17 books of 2013”). Some of this year’s finalists include The Signature of […]

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The Golden Gate Bridge = The George Washington Bridge?

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Want to leave NYC but fear too much about abandoning your beloved Red Hook/Boreum Hill/Washington Heights/Harlem/Upper West Side…? Check out The Morning News’s list of counterpart neighborhoods throughout the US and abroad. Rumpus pal Alexander Chee recommends Portland, Maine’s Vinalhaven in place of Bushwick, and former Saturday editor Michelle Dean praises Toronto’s Leslieville as Park Slope’s […]

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And the Winner Is…

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After a month of victories and losses and thrilling deliberation, the Morning News‘s Tournament of Books has chosen a champion: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson! The harrowing, North Korea–set epic beat out The Fault in Our Stars by John Green in the final round by a score of 14 to 3. Says Lev Grossman, one of […]

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The Art of Obsession

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At The Morning News, Rumpus contributor Sue Sanders has written about her marriage to an Alger Hiss advocate and researcher, and what kind of effect a person’s passion has upon a relationship. Jeff and I married in 2005. During our vows Jeff clasped my hands in his, smiled, and said, “When you’re in love, the […]

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Juicing With Arthur Miller

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“Drugs won’t do the writing for you, but steroids can take a monologue that would have gone to the warning track and knock it out of the park.” Apparently steroids are not just reserved for the athletic. At The Morning News, Kevin Guilfoile exposes the world of doping playwrights, especially Arthur Miller who had a […]

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TMN 2013 Tournament of Books!

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The Morning News just announced its 2013 list for the tournament of books! And as they say, “the granddaddy of highbrow bracketology is back!” The list of 16 books will compete against each other come March, and a roster of literarily esteemed judges like Rumpus contributors Saeed Jones and Rachel Riederer will decide on a […]

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The Saints Stink

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Miranda Popkey of The Morning News on why American football is so attractive and quickly becoming the country’s most watched sport for the wrong reasons. Popkey investigates the realities behind the popular and easy narratives applied to the sport and its players and teams, calling into question the moral and humanitarian deficiencies that the narratives […]

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“Songs in the Key of Death”

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At The Morning News, Nicole Pasulka writes about new-age musician David Young, who markets his music to the funeral industry and fills the silence for the modern mourner. “Young is the theme song to your grandmother’s memorial, the pop radio of your cousin’s wake. That funeral homes now have a soundtrack, one that provides us […]

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