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Jennifer Paull

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Stamp by Me: The Rumpus Letters Project

What’s the next arena for literary foment? Try your mailbox. This month, The Rumpus launches their first print subscription with ...

What Literary Journal Should I Read?

One of my reading goals for this year is to subscribe to a literary quarterly, but when it comes to ...

Dinner Table in the Sky: Brit Edition

One of my favorite daydream pursuits is the Dinner Table in the Sky – deciding who, living or dead, I’d ...

Best of Book Riot: The Nose Knows: A Perfumer Captures the Scent of a Library

This week we’re running some of our favorite and most popular posts from our first three months.  __________________________ To book lovers ...

The Ephemeral Future of Authors’ Ephemera

On a recent visit to the New York Public Library’s main branch, I found myself mesmerized by the centennial exhibit ...

5 Great Multi-Purpose Gift Books

Books are some of the best multi-purpose, multi-people presents. When you spot an especially cool book, primed for gifting, don’t ...

Be the Reading Babysitter

As holiday schedules kick into high gear, so do the babysitting requests. When you get the call from a friend ...

The Nose Knows: A Perfumer Captures the Scent of a Library

To book lovers like us, the smell of leather-bound tomes or fresh paperbacks can be utterly seductive. Ever wish you ...

The Existential Dread of Mega-Bookstores

There’s a peculiar, soul-sickening dread that lurks in mega-bookstores. At first, an eager reader can bliss out at the rows ...

Move Over Book Clubs, Let’s Start Reading Parties

We’ve all had that book club moment, when the scales tip and bad feelings outweigh the good. The guilty debate ...

Reading Cookbooks in Bed

Some of my most-loved, well-thumbed cookbooks are oddly pristine. No splotches on the pages, no crumbs in the binding. They’ve ...

Will Bourdain Break Through as a Brand-Name Imprint?

Giving a celebrity a book imprint might sound like the equivalent of bestowing a horse-drawn carriage. (Imagine the maintenance.) But ...