Joe Mockler

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The irresistible rise of the short story

Why the short story is the perfect literary form for the 21st century<p>There’s no doubt about it, the short story is having “a moment”. It started this time last year, when <b>Lydia Davis</b>, not so much a short-story writer as a short-short-story writer (some of her tales are only a sentence long) won the …

There’s No Right Way To Write: Part 1

There is no right way to write. No one way. No single approach, paradigm, theory or magic formula. No easy path. There is only the writer. Their …

Q&A: Stephen King on Writing His First Episode of ‘Under the Dome’ and the ‘More Potent’ Second Season

CBS’s <i>Under the Dome</i> was a huge hit with some critical goodwill at the start of last summer, but the acclaim (and some of the viewership) started to …

Ten rules for writing fiction

<b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin</b><p><b>1</b> Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look­ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry …

Philosophy Weekend: Is Religious War a Fraud?

I observed a strange reaction among my friends -- especially my fellow liberals -- when a new insurgent group calling itself "The Islamic State in …

Religion

How To Get Published

Four debut novelists on elevator pitches, getting an agent, and writing your first book.<p>It's only June and 2014 is already an awesome year for literature. In the first half of the year, we've seen new books from heavy hitters like Gary Shteyngart, Chang-rae Lee, Lorrie Moore, Ben Marcus, Karen …

Writing

It’s Tartt—But Is It Art?

No one denies that Donna Tartt has written the “It novel” of the year, a runaway best-seller that won her the Pulitzer Prize. But some of the self-appointed high priests of literary criticism—at The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Paris Review—are deeply dismayed by The Goldfinch …

From Scarlett Johansson to Tony Blair to the Queen: the noble tradition of writing real people into novels

Does a person own the copyright on themselves? The actor Scarlett Johansson would like to think so. She is suing the French author Grégoire Delacourt because he has written a novel whose central character looks just like her. The protagonist of La Première Chose qu'On Regarde (The First Thing We …

A French map of Europe in 1871, with Bismarck depicted as the embodiment of Germany. In our November issue, Roland Quinault draws comparisons between the Iron Chancellor and British prime minister William Gladstone.

'Game of Thrones is more brutally realistic than most historical novels'

<i>SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses events in Game of Thrones that may spoil the viewing for those catching up on box sets.</i><p>Although Hilary Mantel …

Alfred the Great: The Most Perfect Man in History?

King Alfred of Wessex (r.871-99) is probably the best known of all Anglo-Saxon rulers, even if the first thing to come into many people’s minds in …

Apple claims Samsung damages verdict is off by $85 million

If you’re not sure about what’s been going on between Apple and Samsung as of late, the two companies are still involved in a legal cat fight. Back …

Samsung