Emory Skwara

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The Art of “Creative Sleep”: Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

<i>“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,”</i> a wise woman once said. Indeed, we already know that dreaming regulates our negative emotions and “positive constructive daydreaming” enhances our creativity, while a misaligned sleep cycle is enormously mentally crippling. But can a sleep-like state in …

The Faulkner Truthers

“I am the best in America, by God,” William Faulkner wrote to his editor in 1939, and history has only confirmed that he was not deceived as to the …

20 Great Southern Short Stories

The American South has produced an incredible amount of great literature. Earlier this month, we published a hearty list of classic novels to come …

You'll Never Believe What George R.R. Martin Almost Left Out Of 'Game Of Thrones'

The only thing more fascinating than "Game of Thrones" is the man behind the "Song of Fire and Ice" book series, which inspired the hit HBO show.<p>George R.R. Martin sat down with Rolling Stone recently to talk about all things "GoT" -- for 10 hours, mind you -- and the historical inspirations behind …

James Patterson Writes a How-To

Book News: Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Going to the library gives people the same kick as getting a raise does — a £1,359 ($ 2,282) raise, to be exact — according to a study commissioned by the U.K.'s Department for Culture, Media & Sport. The study, which …

Want to Be a Better Writer? Read More.

<i>"It usually helps me write by reading -- somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear." -Steven Wright</i><p>Reading is fashionable. Again. It's cool. We bet you all can find many statements about how good and useful reading is, how much it can influence a person and his way of thinking, …

Five perfect books for men who never read

Nearly 30% of men have not read a book since school, according to a survey commissioned for World Book Night, an annual event that hopes to change their ways. The reasons men don't read are varied, but "not really wanting to" seems to be the main one. However, if you are a man – or know one – who …

Hemingway on Not Writing for Free and How to Run a First-Rate Publication

Recent discussions of why writing for free commodifies creative work reminded me of an old letter Ernest Hemingway sent to his friends Ernest Walsh and Ethel Moorhead when they were about to launch <i>This Quarter</i> — the influential experimental Paris-based literary journal that would go on to publish …