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How Long It Took 30 Writers to Finish Their Famous Novels

Working on a novel and struggling with writer's block? Don't despair—the creative process is different for everyone. For some people, inspiration …

Books

How Dostoevsky predicted Trump's America

Ani Kokobobo, <i>University of Kansas</i><p>As a professor of Russian literature, I've come to realize that it's never a good sign when real life resembles a Fyodor Dostoevsky novel.<p>Donald Trump's presidential campaign, with its riotous rhetoric and steady stream of scandals, calls to mind Dostoevsky's most …

The Millionaire Turned Shoeshine Man

Larry Woods goes by the name “Mr. Sunshine,” and he shines shoes for a living. It wasn’t always this way, though. “Back in the 80s, I was made,” he reminisces on his previous wealth. “My head was stuck up so high, I thought everybody had to jump for whatever I said.” After a consequential …

Auckland

Rediscovering forgotten classics

01 August 2016<p><b>For avid bookworms like ourselves there are few things more exciting than accidentally stumbling across the literary equivalent of</b> …

Books

Israel’s godfather of design draws crowds to a graphic history of the state

<b>TEL AVIV, Israel</b> - There is a purple brick building on the central approach to Tel Aviv that stands out from its flashy, mirrored surroundings, …

Israel

Viet Thanh Nguyen: 'Winning the Pulitzer changed the value of my book and myself'

The author recalls the dreamlike state in which he wrote his Pulitzer-winning novel The Sympathizer, and wishes for the private joy he felt while writing it<p>How I wrote my novel: in isolation, in a dream that lasted, on average, four hours a day at the laptop and an hour a day on the treadmill. This …

There Will Be No Second American Revolution: The Futility Of An Armed Revolt

"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty."--James Madison<p>America is a ticking time bomb.<p>All that remains to be seen is who--or what--will set fire to the fuse.<p>We are poised at what seems to be the pinnacle of a manufactured breakdown, with …

Political Science

William Trevor on his "un-cozy" writer's life - Home | Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel

Whether he's writing a novel or shorter pieces, William Trevor is a storyteller to the core. Born in County Cork to Irish Protestant parents in 1929, …

Summer reading: 76 books to pack for your holiday

History<p><b>West of Eden by Jean Stein</b><br>A selective, sly history of studio-era Hollywood by a film mogul’s daughter. One of the best books ever written about the movies. Jonathan Cape, £20<p><b>The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore </b>“It was hard to be a tsar,” Montefiore writes at the beginning of this joyful …

Books

How to Handle Criticism: Advice from Some of the Greatest Writers of the Past Century

Wisdom and wit from Kurt Vonnegut, Aldous Huxley, William Styron, Truman Capote, and other literary titans.<p><i>“Reading criticism clogs conduits through which one gets new ideas: cultural cholesterol,”</i> Susan Sontag wrote in her diary. <i>“Criticism,”</i> artist Ai Weiwei told an interviewer, <i>“is, in the Chinese</i> …

Literature

Saving the Spanish Language in Miami

Fifty years ago, hundreds of thousands of Cubans immigrated to the southern tip of Florida. Now, the city has to teach a new generation how to thrive in a bilingual economy.<p>MIAMI—Spanish is an integral part of daily life here. In downtown restaurants, men in suits order cafecitos and huevos in …

Rem Koolhaas: “Architecture Has A Serious Problem Today”

At the 2016 AIA convention, the legendary architect gave the profession an honest appraisal of its failures.<p>Rem Koolhaas, the Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect, theorist, and provocateur, spoke with Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, in the closing keynote for the …

Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

Writing

A terrifying dystopian novel about class warfare in a 1970s high rise is now a film

High Rise, JG Ballard's 1975 classic novel, features a young doctor who moves into a high rise building on the outskirts of London, where the apartments get fancier the higher you go.<p>Lavish parties happen nightly, and everything you could possibly need is available in the building (including a …

Dystopia

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 7 – The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (1979)

The author raised reportage to dazzling new levels in his quest to discover what makes a man fly to the moon<p>Newspapers and magazines often provide an indispensable patronage for writers. <i>The Right Stuff</i> is one of several great books in this list that derive from the interaction of high journalism …

Depression: the silence ends here

My dad killed himself when I was 13. He hid his depression. I won't hide mine, writes Amy McDowell Marlow.

The man who made 'the worst video game in history'

<b>The video game of Steven Spielberg's ET is considered to be one of the worst of all time and has even been blamed for triggering the collapse of Atari. Howard Scott Warshaw, the gifted programmer who made it, explains how it was rushed out in a matter of weeks - and how he feels about those events</b> …

Retrogaming

13 Writing Lessons From Stephen King’s On Writing

Stephen King is an American author of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy, who has sold more than 350 million books. King has received many …

Creative Writing

Umberto Eco, Italian novelist and intellectual, dies aged 84

The revered literary critic, author and essayist – most famous for 1980 novel The Name of the Rose – had been suffering from cancer<p>The celebrated Italian intellectual Umberto Eco, who shot to fame with his 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, has been remembered as a master of Italian culture after his …

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What are the 100 best nonfiction books of all time?

Robert McCrum launches the Observer’s definitive 100 works of nonfiction – key texts in English that have shaped our literary culture and made us who we are<p>What should make the list? Have your say here The 100 best novels written in English: the full list<p>Another book list? Yes and no. When we …

David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books Offer a Peek Inside the Artist’s Mind

David Bowie will always be remembered as a seminal figure in the worlds of music, fashion, and film, and as a legendary pop culture icon. But he was …

80 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create a master list.<p>We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create a master list.

32 Strangely Beautiful Pictures Of NYC In The 1970s

Some things never change.

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Margaret Atwood’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives …

Paulo Coelho on How You Can Become a Better Writer

“There are two types of writers: those who make you think and those who make you dream” says Brian Aldiss, who made me dream for such a long time …

‘I’m Having a Friendship Affair’

The first time I saw her, the woman who would become my friend, best friend, unhealthy fixation, her picture was in the newspaper. A few days before …

Relationships

Survival of the Scruffiest

Civilization is at war with nature. That is true at least with regard to facial hair. In the heat of this centuries-long battle, on which billions of …