Perfect reading for a snow day: Part two of Tumblr's series with The Rumpus to highlight emerging writers (and the books they love). This week: 18-year-old Lucy Uprichard on Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting prequel, Skagboys. Submit an essay!
I’m super excited to share the first installment of The Last Book I Loved, a Tumblr partnership with The Rumpus to discover — to borrow the words of our lovely Rumblrs — YOU: the fabulous, literate, funny, and smart members of Tumblr. This week we selected an essay from Tumblr user Stephanie Wong — and it is a knockout. She talks about women and failure and being invisible and the power of that invisibility. Read it, either over at Storyboard, at The Rumpus, or on The Rumblr. Oh and submit your essays!
The front cover of the last book I loved bears neither gold seals nor laurels to rest on. If you’re looking for flashy art direction, keep moving. Here, there’s just a shadowy still life photo (inventory: one open notebook, one glass ashtray, one bowl, two pens, many loose leaves of paper) set against a plain white background. And yet, if ever there was a book that should be judged by its cover, it’s this one. Open it and you’ll learn that the cover photo is not stock but Treilles, 1996 by French theorist Jean Baudrillard. That’s your first clue. I Love Dick doesn’t look like any other book on the shelf, and it doesn’t read like any other book I’ve read either. Read More
What Was the Last Book You Loved? We Want Your Essays!
We’re excited to announce a Tumblr Storyboard + The Rumpus partnership to highlight Tumblr writers and the books they love — an extension of The Rumpus’s ongoing “Last Book I Loved” series. Here’s how it works: Got a book you can’t stop thinking about? Send us a writeup – a little bit book review and a lot about why you loved it – along with a short bio. Beginning next month, we’ll publish our favorites every Friday, both on Storyboard and TheRumpus.net. Visit our SUBMIT PAGE for more information — and get reading!
Submit your essays!
Ten years after D.C. area sniper shootings, an interview with Lee Boyd Malvo.| The Washington Post | Sep 2012
New Yorker editor David Remnick, on how good reporting can mean calling a source so many times that “the person [decides] it’s better to give you the time than to endure the constant assaults of your calls and emails.”
Storyboard: David Remnick on the Art of the Profile
WHY WOMEN STILL CAN’T HAVE IT ALL (The Atlantic)
Reading & Riding New York’s Underground
Every day, approximately seven million people journey through the underworld of New York City’s subway system. Along their daily commutes, some passengers stare into space, rock out on headphones, or sleep. But a special group of riders simultaneously embark on a different kind of journey — through the books they read. Ourit Ben-Haim, New Yorker and self-proclaimed street photographer, has been documenting these “Reading-Riders” since December 2011 on The Underground New York Public Library.
What inspired you to begin the UNYPL?
The first time I photographed a subway reader, I did it just out of photographic instincts. After that I felt compelled to do it again, and the photographs I collected inspired me to build a visual library. Concentrating on the Reading-Riders led me to discover layers of meaning in their presence and activity. In time I resolved to create an extensive series, in revelation, preservation, and celebration of them.
Love this. If you haven’t seen the Underground NY Public Library… you should.