What is it with these new online-only magazines? Don't they know that print's not dead? And how am I supposed to house-train my pets with it? Furthermore, do we italicize online publications? TheRumpus.net is a new online magazine you can't read in the places most people read magazines (the gym, the doctor's office, um, the beach), but it looks very promising by the looks of the column topics by Bad Mommy, who asks, "Tarring and feathering your daughter's Disney Princesses. Uncool?" The site attempts to focus on culture, "but not "People magazine culture." It has Jerry Stahl blogging about being over 50, lots of film and book reviews, and the aforementioned Bad Mommy, my new idol. The gang is throwing "The Rumpus Los Angeles Launch Party," which somehow also involves Skylight Books. Appearing/reading/talking/standing around will be Aimee Bender (The Girl in the Flammable Skirt); Stahl; air-guitar champion Dan Crane; comedians Ian Harvey and Kyle Kinane; and editor Stephen Elliot. Plus, Zak Smith showing pictures of what happens on each page of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow.
Sat., April 18, 8 p.m., 2009