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Library of Congress Launches New Online Poetry Archive, Featuring 75 Years of Classic Poetry Readings

<i>Image by Fred Palumbo, made available by the Library of Congress.</i><p>Put THIS in your pocket. The Library of Congress is celebrating National Poetry …

Free List of 400 Book Publishers and Book Editors for First Fiction and First-Time Novelists

Book Publishers: First Novels<br>Book Editors: Debut Novels<p>Beginning novelists often type phrases like book publisher, novel editor, novel publishers, …

Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us …

The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

Electric Literature’s 25 Best Novels of 2014 – Electric Literature

Year-end lists are always subjective and incomplete, but they are especially tricky for books. A dedicated film critic can watch every wide release …

Books

Ashes Rain Down : A Book Review

We are in Southern California, in years not very far hence. We are not post, but rather, let's say, mid-apocalypse. Not the cataclysmic event of "science fiction," it is in process, happening, very slowly, all around us. "Over there" is perpetual warfare, of the kind that seems already to have …

The best crime and thrillers of 2014

Louise Welsh’s dystopian tale of plague in London and Tom Rob Smith’s Swedish family chiller are among the highlights in this year’s roundup<p>This year we welcomed some exciting new voices, with assured and perceptive police procedurals from Sarah Hilary (<b>Someone Else’s Skin</b>, Headline) and Eva Dolan …

The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing

A full creative life requires equally that we cultivate a capacity for boredom, as legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips asserted, and learn to welcome rather than avoid difficulty, as Nietzsche believed. Great stories, like great life-stories, are woven of the same interplay between fertile ennui …

Write and Sell Superior Short Stories

‘Tis the season…of short stories! Contests and journals are currently calling for submissions to get selected your story needs to stand out. By …

Proportions of the Human Figure : How to Draw People in Correct Ratios & Proportions with Drawing Lessons & Tutorials for Cartoons & Illustrations, Realistic Art

Everything that is drawn realistically is drawing with the laws of perspective, even if the artist doesn’t realize that he or she is using them. …

John Steinbeck's Advice for Beginning Writers : writing

Dear Writer: Although it must be a thousand years ago that I sat in a class in story writing at Stanford, I remember the experience very clearly. I …

What Women Want: Female Psychology 101

<b>NOTE:</b> What you’re about to read is how basic brain development and chemistry relates to core differences between masculine and feminine people. Not, …

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country by William H Gass review – timeless short stories

Modern fiction tends to privilege incident over style: it doesn’t matter if the prose stinks, as long as there’s a lot happening. William H Gass is the polar opposite to this. In these short stories nothing happens (mostly): but everything is described, carefully, astonishingly. “Where sparrows sit …

Incorporating Religion and Spirituality Into Healthcare

Religion and spirituality are an important, if often private, part of many Americans' lives. According to a poll from Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Americans identify themselves as religious and 18 percent describe themselves as spiritual. Yet, there is one place where those beliefs haven't …

The Short Stories Behind 10 Famous Films

We’ve been anticipating the audiobook release of John McManus’ <i>Stop Breakin Down</i> — the short story collection that won him a prestigious Whiting …

Albert Camus’s Beautiful Letter of Gratitude to His Childhood Teacher After Winning the Nobel Prize

Few things are more heartwarming than bearing witness to one human being expressing deep gratitude for the profound, course-altering impact another has played in her or his life. Take, for instance, Bukowski’s magnificent letter to the man who helped him quit his soul-sucking day job and become a …

Meghan Daum won’t apologize: How she forged a new genre of confessional writing

<b>Meghan Daum (meghandaum.com/David Zaugh)</b><p>The specter of the confessional haunts all 1st-person prose, especially by women. But Daum does something different<p>Lydia Kiesling<p>November 19, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>I had not heard of Meghan Daum until I read her September profile of Lena Dunham in the New York …

National Book Award finalists for poetry

Claudia Rankine’s <b>Citizen: An American Lyric</b> (Graywolf; paperback, $20) is the most engaging and innovative of the five finalists for this year’s National Book Award in poetry, which will be announced Wednesday night in New York. This engrossing collection of prose poems — interspersed with photos …

Film & History

Styles:<p>Academic.<p>Topics:<p>Film/Television (General, Film, Theory/Analysis/Criticism, See guidelines), History (Topical history, See …

A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is <i>Love in the Time of Cholera</i>. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.<p>But that <i>libro</i> isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon. My …

The Everything Index: ‘Louie,’ Riff Raff and Mariah Battle For #1

Welcome back to <i>Rolling Stone</i>‘s “Everything Index,” where we rank the week’s pop-culture movers and shakers, whether they want us to or not.<p>Using a …