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How Artificial Intelligence Will Make You A Better Writer

Textio, a service that helps job recruiters by flagging both good and poor phrasing, now aims to be a real-time writing coach.<p>The best way to make your writing better is to show it to someone who knows the topic at least as well as you do. That someone can now be an artificial intelligence system …

The Lorax and Literature’s Moral Obligation

Despite critics’ dismissal of activist-minded fiction, the author Lydia Millet believes that Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s book is powerful because of its message, not in spite of it.<p>Lydia Millet, the author of <i>Sweet Lamb of Heaven</i>, knows that good books are all about ambiguity, and that nothing …

Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work

“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love.”<p><i>“Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude,”</i> young Delacroix counseled himself in 1824. Keats saw solitude as a sublime conduit to truth and beauty. Elizabeth …

Creativity

The Deeper Truth of Fiction

Dostoyevsky taught the writer Charles Bock that inventive writing is the most effective way to conjure reality.<p>Charles Bock’s novel <i>Alice & Oliver</i> draws on a tragic and harrowing real-life experience: the death of the author’s wife from leukemia, after chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants, …

John Steinbeck on Writing, the Crucible of Creativity, and the Mobilizing Power of the Impossible

“A good writer always works at the impossible.”<p>An advocate for the creative benefits of keeping a diary, Virginia Woolf saw this informal practice as training ground on which one can “loosen the ligaments” for formal writing. But hardly anyone has put private writing to more fruitful use as a …

An Absorbing Errand: The Psychology of Mastery in Creative Work

“Life is better when you possess a sustaining practice that holds your desire, demands your attention, and requires effort.”<p><i>“It came to me while picking beans, the secret of happiness,”</i> botanist and storyteller Robin Wall Kimmerer wrote in her beautiful meditation on gardening and life’s largest …

Creativity

If we can’t get guns out of our cities, let’s get them out of our crime stories

If we can’t get guns out of our cities, let’s at least get them out of our crime stories.<p>That seems to be the idea behind a curious anthology called “Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns.” Among the two-dozen contributors are Joyce Carol Oates, Reed Farrel Coleman, Alison Gaylin, Joe …

Guns

Amazon Bestseller status is meaningless, and can be bought for just a few dollars

Brent Underwood uploaded an ebook, comprising of a photo of his foot, to Amazon. He sold 3 copies and was an Amazon Bestseller. tl;dr: avoid the busy …

Do Teens Read Seriously Anymore?

A common sight in malls, in pizza parlors, in Starbucks, and wherever else American teens hang out: three or four kids, hooded, gathered around a table, leaning over like monks or druids, their eyes fastened to the smartphones held in front of them. The phones, converging at the center of the …

Artist Agnes Martin on Inspiration, Interruptions, Cultivating a Creative Atmosphere, and the Only Type of Person You Should Allow Into Your Studio

“The development of sensibility is the most important thing for children and adults alike, but is much more possible for children…. Adults are very busy, taught to run all the time. You cannot run and be very aware of your inspirations.”<p>During my annual surrender to a week of forced extroversion, I …

Creativity

Paris Review - Haruki Murakami, The Art of Fiction No. 182

Interviewed by John Wray<p>Issue 170, Summer 2004<p>The author at his jazz club, Peter Cat, in 1978.<p>Haruki Murakami is not only arguably the most experimental Japanese novelist to have been translated into English, he is also the most popular, with sales in the millions worldwide. His greatest novels …

Literature

Literary travel: around the world in 10 must-read books

Ann Morgan spent a year reading a book from every country in the world – 196 in total. Here she picks 10 favourites that vividly evoke the regions they describe<p>• If you’ve read a book with a powerful sense of place or one that inspired you to travel, we’d love to hear about it in the comments …

Books