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How We Got to Be So Self-Absorbed: The Long Story

<b>SELFIE</b> <b><br>How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us</b><br>By Will Storr<br>403 pp. The Overlook Press. $29.95.<p>Worrying about one’s own narcissism has a whiff of paradox. If we are suffering from self-obsession, should we really feed the disease by poring over another book about ourselves? Well, …

Disposable America

A history of modern capitalism from the perspective of the straw. Seriously.<p>A straw is a simple thing. It’s a tube, a conveyance mechanism for liquid. The defining characteristic of the straw is the emptiness inside it. This is the stuff of tragedy, and America.<p>Over the last several months, plastic …

Sustainability

Explainer, Elucidator, Enchanter: A Gradation of Great Writing

A visual taxonomy to illuminate the difference between information, knowledge, and meaning.<p>In a recent conversation with a friend, I found myself struggling to convey the hierarchy of good writing, particularly of good science writing — a hierarchy experienced so concretely in the act of reading …

Facing the Blank Page: Celebrated Writers on How to Overcome Creative Block

Wisdom on artistic paralysis from Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Lydia Davis, and others.<p><i>“To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing,”</i> Picasso proclaimed in contemplating how creativity works and where ideas come from. He is, of course, Picasso — it may be …

Creative Writing