Literary Maniacs: Where to Find A Perfect Combination of Literature and News

By Elliott Banuelos on December 4, 2012

Okay, so yeah. I like writing news stories. But to allow myself to not get too depressed seeing all the horrible things happen around me, I turn to fiction novels for a good route to escapism. Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of that every now and then?

After digging through sites like Huffington Post, Mother Jones (which is a favorite of mine), and New York Times, I have yet to find a site that doesn’t hit me from all sides with news. So why not have a mixture of both fiction and reality? That’s where I am going to introduce you to site that have become my favorite over the past few years.

  1. The New Yorker is a printed magazine and news site that takes care of it all. With such sections for news, they also have short stories printed from some of my favorite authors (Franzen, Eggers, Krauss to name a few). Aside from its unconventional articles that one wouldn’t necessarily find on the front cover of the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker still plays an essential role to global awareness, American politics, and literary pages to create a one of a kind magazine.
  2. A lesser known, more local site than anything, I present: The Rumpus. This website leans more towards those who really REALLY love books. There is an ongoing list of book reviews from recently released books, posted gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area to attend to, and if not, a few events listed to discuss with fellow lit-lovers in the city. Amongst all that, their columns (which are more hidden), discuss topics of politics, poetry, books (of course) and sex. And if you’re not so much into the reading thing, they’ve got you covered. They feature comics and such from their critically acclaimed artists who do political cartoons and so on.
  3. Mcsweeney’s is another well known literary book that is published by author Dave Eggers, who I have seen quite a few times at the UCLA bookfair (kind of weird, but very sweet nonetheless). This book, as it publishes its quarterly lit spin on current popular and lesser known authors, creates a foundation and a change in theme at almost every flick of the page is something you can find at almost any bookstore. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy already, then you can buy it online!
  4. Again, another lesser known literary site, called The Paris Review. While I just found this gem recently, it offers everything, if not more than what the sites have (and oh, reading it is such a delight). What I personally love about this site, is the fact that there are still people out there who take importance in literacy and enjoyment of great books and authors. This site includes interviews, art and photography, and some more poetry that neatly tie together essentials for the “literary maniacs.”

Now that I have shared my dear beloveds, I encourage you to at least read an article or two. Whatever sparks your interest. Reading can definitely broaden your thinking, regardless on the subject it is on, and it is never too late to become a better writer.

My name is Elliott and I attend San Francisco State University. I am a queer Latin@, anti-oppression social activist and cultural studies teacher. I frequently discuss anti-blackness in Latin@ spaces, radical pedagogy, indigenous & Palestinian resistance, and Portlandia, from time to time. Aside from the politics, I enjoy the company of friends, family, strangers, and street cats. I am a self-proclaimed coffee slut, body modification enthusiast, and enjoy reading great books.

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