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Badlands Introduces Search & Tell

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Badlands Unlimited is pleased to announce Search & Tell, a new writing series exclusively on the Badlands website. Located inside the search bar at the top of the homepage, Search & Tell “types” out a story, poem, or other texts if the search bar is not being used. S&T also mimics typing (and correcting) mistakes, made sometimes when one texts or chats online, giving S&T a more unpredictable and human feel.

Search & Tell showcases some of the most compelling writers working in print and screen today, like the New Yorker staff writer and novelist Elif Batuman (whose forthcoming book The Idiot will be released by Penguin this March), poet and critic Michael Robbins (Alien Vs. Predator, The Second Sex, and the forthcoming collection of essays Equipment for Living published by Simon & Schuster), and a brand new translation of the scandalous Roman poet Catullus by classicist Richard Fletcher.

With Search & Tell, Badlands continues to explore different and innovative ways of combining art and writing in the digital era. Distinctions between writing, texting, and “searching” online are dissolving rapidly. The pieces written for S&T embody the spirit of this emerging dissolution.

S&T will premiere starting February 16th with Elif Batuman. Each writer's contribution will be featured in the search bar for the duration of a week, see schedule below.

Each writer's work can also be called up by typing a "password" into the search bar related to either the author's work, the name of an animal, or an astrological sign.


Elif Batuman Feb 16–Feb 22
Catullus (newly translated by Richard Fletcher) Feb 23–March 1
Michael Robbins March 2–March 8
Amy Waldman March 9– March 15
Mónica de la Torre March 16–March 22
Ann Liv Young March 23–March 29
Rick Moody March 30–April 5
Sarah Schulman April 6–12

Elif Batuman is a staff writer for the New Yorker. Her first novel, The Idiot (Penguin), comes out in March 2017.

Richard Fletcher teaches ancient Greek and Roman Literature and Philosophy to the youth of Ohio. He also writes about Classics and Contemporary Art on Minus Plato.

Michael Robbins is the author of Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, 2012), The Second Sex (Penguin, 2014), and the forthcoming Equipment for Living (Simon & Schuster). His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Harper's, Boston Review, London Review of Books, The New York Observer, the Chicago Tribune, and Spin. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Chicago and teaches creative writing at Montclair State University.

Amy Waldman is the author of The Submission, a novel (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux).

Mónica de la Torre is the author of six books of poetry, including her forthcoming book, The Happy End/All Welcome (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017) and Feliz año nuevo, a volume of selected poetry translated into Spanish (Luces de Gálibo)—both forthcoming in the spring of 2017. She is a contributing editor to BOMB Magazine and teaches poetry at Brown University.

Ann Liv Young an artist and performer born on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, has been creating performance work professionally throughout the US and Europe since 2003. She is one of the youngest artists whose work has been presented at major venues in New York City and Europe such as MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Museum, Steirischer Herbst, Kampnagel, Inkonst, Gessnerallee, Theatre de la Bastille, Black Box Theater, Stamsund Festival, and Avant Garden, among others. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Rick Moody is the author of six novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and a collection of essays on music. His most recent book is Hotels of North America (Little, Brown and Company).

Sarah Schulman’s most recent novel is The Cosmopolitans (Feminist Press, 2016).