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Source: Entropy MagazinePublished on 2018-07-18
 

HELLO MUSSOLINI runs Mondays and Wednesdays as a part of The New Comics. 

Want to be considered for The New Comics? Send work to Comics Curator Keith McCleary via the Entropy submissions page.

 
Source: Entropy MagazinePublished on 2018-07-18
“Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves.” – John Berger

Last weekend I took my Dad to the current exhibition at London’s Tate Modern, Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy. I had planned for us to go to a talk about the role of the “ga...
 
Source: The RumpusPublished on 2018-07-18
Our next Letter in the Mail comes from Julie Marie Wade! Julie writes about a prose poem that she finds especially inspiring in our current political moment, and sends us her list of “things that don’t suck,” including lightning bugs, nesting dolls, and more—and she wants to read your lists, too!

To make sure this hopefuly letter finds its way to your ...
 
Source: The RumpusPublished on 2018-07-18
I stumbled across Nina Riggs’s blog, suspicious country, on the afternoon of my first bone marrow biopsy. It was a drizzly day, the sky a Hugoian gray. My hematologist held my hand in a fluorescently lit room that felt much too big as the technician swabbed my bare hip with iodine, a lovely alluvial orange, and drilled into the soft, silty deep of my body—the iliac crest, he told me, a...
 
Source: Paul McVeighPublished on 2018-07-18
50 FREE ENTRIES FOR UK WRITERS ON A LOW INCOME
BARE FICTION is offering free entry to the Bare Fiction Prize 2018 for 50 UK low income writers. If you are a low income writer (eg. in receipt of benefits such as Job Seeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, and Employment and Support Allowance, or yo...
 
Source: The MillionsPublished on 2018-07-18
The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) announced the Poetry and Prose longlists for the 2018 National Translation Awards (NTA). In its twentieth year, the annual award celebrates translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction by examining “both the source text and its relation to the finished English work.”

Here are the two 2018 NTA longlists (w...
 
Source: Writer’s ReliefPublished on 2018-07-18
Every writer should try to attend a writing conference! And whether the writing conference is held on a rural college campus or in a bustling, big city hotel, it’s sure to be a wonderful, energizing experience. But if you’re thinking about combining your vacation with a writing conference, Writer’s Relief has a suggestion: Why not head for the islands? You can enjoy the sea bree...
 
Source: Writer’s ReliefPublished on 2018-07-18
Every writer should try to attend a writing conference! And whether the writing conference is held on a rural college campus or in a bustling, big city hotel, it’s sure to be a wonderful, energizing experience. But if you’re thinking about combining your vacation with a writing conference, Writer’s Relief has a suggestion: Why not head for the islands? You can enjoy the sea bree...
 
Source: Guardian BooksPublished on 2018-07-18
The US president is only the latest in a long line of politicians accused of being a lap dog

This week Donald Trump initially said he believed Vladimir Putin’s “strong” denial of interfering in the US election at their summit. Critics responded by saying he was now just “Putin’s poodle”. This seems to get the hairstyle wrong, but what&r...
 
Source: BibliokleptPublished on 2018-07-18
Destruction (From The Course of Empire series), 1836 by Thomas Cole (1801-1848)

 
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2018-07-18
THE FIRST DISTINCT intellectual movement to have emerged during the Trump presidency is not the alt-right, which rose to prominence during the 2016 campaign. Nor is it democratic socialism, the egalitarian platform that many young progressives have embraced since the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Instead, this movement may well be what some are calling the “intellectual dark web.&...
 
Source: This Itch of WritingPublished on 2018-07-18
As you may know, I also have a column, Doctor Darwin's Writing Tips, over at Historia, the magazine of the Historical Writers Association. A version of this post first appeared there, but in an era when we've all become more sensitive to questions of cultural appropriate in the arts, it's relevant much more widely. Certainly if you want to build your story on people of another ethnicity, gend...
 
Source: Fiction UniversityPublished on 2018-07-18
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

The opening scene of a novel walks a fine line between piquing curiosity and confusing the reader.
Opening scenes are under a lot of pressure—they need to pique reader interest, set the scene, introduce characters, and give just enough information to intrigue, but not overload or confuse. That’s a lot to ask of 250 words.

In our efforts ...
 
Source: Publishers WeeklyPublished on 2018-07-18
Rearranging the shelves in a children’s bookstore to focus on nonfiction turned out to be a worthwhile summer project.

 
Source: SlatePublished on 2018-07-18
Prudence is joined this week by media critic Anita Sarkeesian. Together, they tackle letters about how to talk to your friends when you’re concerned about them co-opting your cultural and religious practices, what actions you can take to counter your neighbor’s girlfriend’s petty and jealous behavior, whether you should talk to law enforcement about your neighbor’s drunk dr...
 
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