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The Hating Book: A Vintage Illustrated Parable About What Every Friendship Needs

The Hating Book: A Vintage Illustrated Parable About What Every Friendship Needs | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
"You're ugly and dumb. Being with you was never fun."

In 1961, young Maurice Sendak illustrated Let's Be Enemies -- a charming lesson in
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If only pop culture told stories that gave lessons as simple and essential as this one. It's a post-modern curse that everyone thinks things are so complicated that there's really nothing to be done about anything. To put it like a child, that's just wrong, 

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Mixed Signals: Responses to Daniel Tiffany | Boston Review

Mixed Signals: Responses to Daniel Tiffany | Boston Review | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
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"Class conflict and poetic diction."

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Cheap Signaling | Boston Review

Cheap Signaling | Boston Review | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
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Editors' Note: When we talk about the context of literary production, gender and race (rightly) get a lot of space for debate and discussion, but talking about class makes us squirm. To confront, reinvigorate, and complicate the conversation about class in contemporary poetics, we are launching a poetry forum with this capacious essay by Daniel Tiffany. Stay tuned in September for a range of responses from poets and critics.

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Written On The Body: New titles from Punctum Books, by Jonathan Kemp and Jean-Paul Martinon

Written On The Body: New titles from Punctum Books, by Jonathan Kemp and Jean-Paul Martinon | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it

GrImage: All Fours by  Matthew Stradling (1998), Oil On Canvas. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 'I'd like to d...

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Great book review which is more than a book review from the inimitable Elly Tams aka @notorious_qrg

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Roman Jokers by Gregory Hays

Roman Jokers by Gregory Hays | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
Elizabethans joked about cuckoldry and venereal disease. Roman audiences laughed at crucifixion jokes, bald men, and dwarves. The epigrams of the early imperial poet Martial circle back again and again to sniggering innuendos about bad breath and oral sex.
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Humor is the funniest thing.

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Why Are Literary Critics Dismayed by Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Its Success?

Why Are Literary Critics Dismayed by Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Its Success? | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
Reviewers at The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Paris Review voice their concerns about the Pulitzer Prize–winning book.
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Short fiction: Connie Bronson by Marilynne Robinson

Short fiction: Connie Bronson by Marilynne Robinson | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
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Sometimes You Eat the Bear and Sometimes the Bear Tortures, Rapes, and Murders Your Entire Family for No Particular Reason ¡Boobs!

Game of Thrones is supposed to belong to a post-Tolkienian form of fantasy that dispenses with the pewter trappings of the high-fantastic sword-and-sorcery formula, where, in Miéville’s game, funny...
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"Game of Thrones makes the very worst excesses of the Crusades an hourly occurrence, an entire civilization an unrelenting, pre-mechanized Stalingrad."

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CHROME SURGERY (Agrigento, Italy) - Artist - Global Street Art...

CHROME SURGERY (Agrigento, Italy) - Artist - Global Street Art... | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
Artist profile for CHROME SURGERY (Agrigento, Italy) - "Chrome Surgery is an independent and dynamic crew ...
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Incredible stuff.

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Father of the Wild Things by Stefan Kanfer, City Journal Winter 2014

Father of the Wild Things by Stefan Kanfer, City Journal Winter 2014 | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
Maurice Sendak and the 'awful vulnerability of children'
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Donald Sassoon on Bertolt Brecht

Donald Sassoon on Bertolt Brecht | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it

"Donald Sassoon Only Half Marx Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life By Stephen Parker (Bloomsbury 689pp £30) Brecht: couldn't bear to break with anyone What a predicament it is to be an artist or a…

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"while the revolutionaries were being routed and murdered, Brecht was in nightclubs chasing girls."

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The Danger of Putting Our Cultural Destiny in the Hands of Business | Jonathan Rosenbaum

The Danger of Putting Our Cultural Destiny in the Hands of Business | Jonathan Rosenbaum | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
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Profile of Alison Bechdel, graphic novel memoirist

Profile of Alison Bechdel, graphic novel memoirist | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it

Last February, Alison Bechdel was invited to give the annual Paumanok Lecture on American Literature and Culture at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus.


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Poet's Sampler: Ocean Vuong | Boston Review

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I like the second poem a lot, although I think the Dahmer quote is unnecessarily provocative.

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What Do Arab Millennials Want?

What Do Arab Millennials Want? | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
The prominent blogger Juan Cole’s new book about young people in the Arab world paints a nuanced picture of a fascinating generation.
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The Arab Spring is far from over and the Bush Doctrine has spread democracy in the opposite way it was intended, says Juan Cole.

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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 210, Samuel R. Delany

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 210, Samuel R. Delany | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
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I've probably read more interviews of Delany than I have of any other writer, because if anything his ideas are even more interesting and engaging that his writing.

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My Dirty Little Secret: I Ride the Rails to Read

My Dirty Little Secret: I Ride the Rails to Read | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
Like most academics, I read articles and books. Unlike most academics (maybe, I don’t really know), reading has become harder and harder for me. Not simply because of the distractions that come wit...
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Still Life with Antlers | A Poem by Sally Wen Mao

Still Life with Antlers | A Poem by Sally Wen Mao | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
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I’m trying to be alone here. I’m trying to nurse
my squalor with a dish of bitter cabbage jam.
I’m trying to ram shut any proof that I’ve suffered.

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Jo Becker's Troubling Travesty Of Gay History

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Journalist Jo Becker has a new book out on the marriage equality movement. The revolution began, it appears, in 2008. And its Rosa Parks was a man you would be forgiven for knowing nothing about, C...
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"Of course it also raises a core question about Griffin. This book obviously reflects his own view of himself as the Rosa Parks of this movement. And that marks him as an extreme outlier in it. One thing that has characterized the marriage equality movement from the get-go has been a collective decision to give credit widely and broadly for a movement that began in the grass roots and succeeded because of some key figures but also thanks to tens of thousands of people, gay and straight, who stood up for equality in places far less welcoming than executive suites in San Francisco. No single individual has decided to claim personal credit for all this until now – let alone smear, insult and write out of history the vast coalition that made this possible. I’ve long supported Griffin’s welcome attempt to shift HRC from apathy to action on marriage. But the idea that he can now be hailed as the uniquely indispensable figure and all his predecessors and critical allies mocked as irrelevant is grotesque. He is in that sense a harbinger of something genuinely new. He has decided to coopt all the work done before him and alongside him as something he uniquely achieved by himself."

 

The New Gays know nothing.

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nobody trusts a black magician / xtx | black friend | nonpress 2009

nobody trusts a black magician / xtx | black friend | nonpress 2009 | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
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"I have the blackest black friend. Compton black. Real life black guy black. Not only in spirit, but in color. A super black black; ultra black—black to the fourth power."

 

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What's Wrong With Sentimentality?

What's Wrong With Sentimentality? | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
A conversation with Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams
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Well, part of what she says is right and part of what says is wrong. Short Term 12 is manipulative because the kids are ciphers. The change happens within and to the caregivers while the kids are the catalysts. They're interchangeable. Their particulars don't matter. All that matters is that they're fucked up. So Jamison isn't being particularly emotionally intelligent in this case. Short Term 12 isn't troublesome because it wants us to feel for the caregivers, the adults.  They deserve some sympathy, too. It's troublesome because of the things it doesn't want us to think about. The problem isn't sentimentality. The problem is dishonesty.

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But will translators scare the children? - Asymptote Blog

But will translators scare the children? - Asymptote Blog | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
"My sons can handle knowing their Calvino was translated."
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Tom Frank interviews Barbara Ehrenreich: “You’re the anti-Ayn Rand”

Tom Frank interviews Barbara Ehrenreich: “You’re the anti-Ayn Rand” | Readin' 'n' Writin' | Scoop.it
Belief, Richard Dawkins, Jesus and the minimum wage, "The Fountainhead" and more, in our exclusive conversation
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