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A Brief History of Children’s Picture Books and the Art of Visual Storytelling

Back in the fifteenth century, Leonardo da Vinci made the following remark about visual storytelling:<p>And you who wish to represent by words the form of man and all the aspects of his membrification, relinquish that idea. For the more minutely you describe the more you will confine the mind of the …

Amazing Photography Links to Read With a Coffee (Or Three)

It has been a fabulous week online in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been very busy searching for the best links to …

The Defense of the Poesy Workshoppe by Paisley Rekdal

This week I’ve been thinking about Alan Davies’s wonderful and provocative recent post in which he discusses Sarah Schulman’s new book <i>The</i> …

The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

<i>“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open,”</i> Stephen King advised. <i>“Do back exercises,”</i> Margaret Atwood suggested. <i>“Know everything about adjectives and punctuation, have moral intelligence,”</i> Susan Sontag counseled. Each accomplished author seems to have a different secret to the craft …

The Daily Routines of Great Writers

<i>UPDATE: These daily routines have now been adapted into a labor-of-love visualization of writers’ sleep habits vs. literary productivity.</i><p>Kurt Vonnegut’s recently published daily routine made we wonder how other beloved writers organized their days. So I pored through various old diaries and …

Order to the Chaos of Life: Isabel Allende on Writing

Literary history is ripe with eloquent attempts to answer the ever-elusive question of why writers write. For <b>George Orwell</b>, it resulted from four universal motives. <b>Joan Didion</b> saw it as precious access to her own mind. For <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, it was about fun. <b>Joy Williams</b> found in it a gateway …

Malcolm Cowley on the Four Stages of Writing: Lessons from the First Five Years of The Paris Review

The kind of literary voyeurism that concerns itself with why great writers write and how, exactly, they go about it has long held especial mesmerism to aspiring authors and voracious readers alike.<p>In 1953, a trio of literary enthusiasts founded <i>The Paris Review</i>. Spearheaded by George Plimpton, who …

A Child of Alcoholics Finds Serenity

• shares<p><i>Aaron Brinker changes a family tradition of silence around alcohol abuse, by telling the story of how he also became an alcoholic.</i><p>A motto is a …