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Gordon Lish: ‘Had I not revised Carver, would he be paid the attention given him? Baloney!’

Christian Lorentzen talks to the legendary editor in an extract from a forthcoming issue of the Paris Review<p>It’s the custom for editors to keep a low profile and to underplay any changes they may make to an author’s manuscript. Gordon Lish is a different animal. Not since Maxwell Perkins has an …

Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015

A year in which Kim Stanley Robinson took us beyond the stars in Aurora and David Mitchell embraced his inner geek in Slade House<p><b>Vote:</b> What was your favourite book of the year?• <b><br>Best of culture in 2015:</b> see this year’s cultural highlights, chosen by the Guardian’s writers and critics<p>As per that …

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Why Writers are the Most Brutal Critics of other Writers

As writers, it seems our reputations precede us when it comes to giving harsh criticism to fellow writers.<p>But is it true? Are we each other’s most …

Photographer Documents the Beautifully Uncommon Friendship Between a Wolf and a Bear

Finnish Photographer Lassi Rautiainen expertly captures the beautiful relationship that's shared between a gray wolf and a brown bear. One wouldn't normally see this type of companionship in the wild, but these two seem to have a perfectly symbiotic connection. “No one can know exactly why or how …

Gabriel García Márquez’s Formative Reading List: 24 Books That Shaped One of Humanity’s Greatest Writers

“Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it.”<p>The most reliable portal into another’s psyche is the mental library of that person’s favorite books — those foundational idea-bricks of which we build the home for our interior lives, the integral …

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5 Magazines For Book Lovers

Jenn de la Vega / February 4, 2015<p>Dearest Book Lover,<p>Isn’t it great to curl up with a good tome? These harsh winter months can be a great time to …

Sherwin Nuland on the Art of Dying and How Our Mortality Confers Meaning Upon Our Lives

<i>“To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago,”</i> Montaigne wrote in his timeless meditation on death and the art of living. And yet in the half millennium since his day, we’ve made paltry progress on coming to such …

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow

<i>“Art is not a thing — it is a way,”</i> Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question of <i>what</i> that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the …

What the Brontës Can Teach You About Writing

This guest post is by K.M. Weiland. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles …

5 Reasons Authors Should Blog

Writing blogs can be distracting, they can be a time sink, unproductive, and a waste of time. There, I listed most of the arguments against blogging. Now let me make my case. Being an author in 2013 is like being a small business owner. You need a marketing strategy or you will go out of business. …

75 Books Every Writer Should Read

Whether you want to make writing your career or just want to know how to improve your writing so that you can pass your college courses, there is …

Why Every Author Should Have a Google+ Account

A recent article on Hypebot does a good job explaining why <b>content creators (especially authors!) need to be using Google’s social platform.</b><p>Here’s the …

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Writing Rituals

While I was writing the first draft of ‘Getting Some’ I had this ritual I needed to follow in order to feel like I was ‘in the zone’:<p>I turned to the …

Watch: David Lynch Gives Some Pithy Filmmaking Advice On Instagram

David Lynch wants to share his knowledge. The noted “Twin Peaks” director and devoted Transcendental Meditation practitioner is teaching students at …

Google+ for Business – The 3 Best Types of Google+ Content

August 28, 2013<p>Share<p><i>The following is the fourth part in a series that will break down the fundamentals of Google+ for business, and how to build and</i> …

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Anaïs Nin on Life, Hand-Lettered by Artist Lisa Congdon

<i>UPDATE: After a flurry of requests, the quotes are now available as prints. Enjoy.</i><p>It’s no secret I’m an obsessive reader of famous diaries, most recently those of French-Cuban writer Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), one of the most dedicated diarists in modern literary history. Her sixteen tomes of published …

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Several Short Sentences About Writing

<i>“If there is a magic in story writing,”</i> admonished Henry Miller, <i>“and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.”</i> And yet, famous advice on writing abounds.<p>In <b>Several Short Sentences About Writing</b> (<i>public library</i>), author …

Pardon the Egg Salad Stains, But I’m in Love: Billy Collins Reads His Poem “Marginalia”

<i>“Full ownership of a book only comes when you have made it a part of yourself,”</i> Mortimer Adler wrote in his timeless 1941 gem <i>How to Read a Book</i>, <i>“and the best way to make yourself a part of it — which comes to the same thing — is by writing in it.”</i> Medieval monks, on the other hand, used the margins …

Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life: Ray Bradbury on Creative Purpose in the Face of Rejection

Famous advice on writing abounds — Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 tips on how to make a great story, David Ogilvy’s 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, Jack Kerouac’s 30 beliefs and techniques, John Steinbeck’s 6 pointers, and various invaluable insight from other great writers.<p>In <b>Snoopy’s Guide</b> …

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