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Remembering Franz Wright, Poet of Anguish And Transcendence

We do not often associate poets with routine unless we hope to insult them. On the contrary, the more erratic and irreverent their behavior seems to …


Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

Earlier this month, almost 2,000 radio fanatics gathered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to listen in as Marc Maron, the neurotic and sometimes gruff comedian and podcast host, interviewed Fresh Air's Terry Gross. He is known for being vulnerable and bringing his personal life into his …

Marc Maron

Should There Be a Minimum Age for Writing a Memoir?

Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Leslie Jamison and Benjamin Moser debate whether someone should reach a certain age before writing a memoir.

By Leslie Jamison

It seems silly to pretend that nothing meaningful happens to the young.

Last fall, I …


Tuesdays with William Zinsser - The New Yorker

Our revelatory encounters with teachers who will make a difference in our lives stay with us as vividly, I think, as our recollections of falling in …

Great Books

Edward Thomas: the prolific hack (who wrote a book review every three days for 14 years) turned to poetry just in time

Edward Thomas: From Adlestrop to Arras Jean Moorcroft Wilson

Bloomsbury, pp.356, £25, ISBN: 9781408187135

Edward Thomas was gloomy as Eeyore. In 1906 he complained to a friend that his writing ‘was suffering more & more from a silly but unavoidable nervous interest in the children’s movement in and …


Art House Blog - Talking About God in Public

Photograph by Charlie Peacock

I have spent a decade or more mostly keeping quiet about what people call spiritual things. And by spiritual things, they …


IMAGE and the Digital Age

An Interview with Editor Gregory Wolfe

Gregory Wolfe is the founding editor of the literary journal IMAGE, which Annie Dillard has called “one of the …

Electronic Publishing

Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets

I read “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” when I was around 10, hidden, as usual, in a big upholstered chair in a back corner of the house. In one of my favorite scenes, a sixth grader named Nancy is mad at her friend Gretchen, who has just gotten her period for the first time. Nancy thinks …

Judy Blume

Ten Commandments of Writing - The Los Angeles Review of Books

THE NEW YORK TIMES lauded Karen Bender’s debut novel, Like Normal People (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) as “energetic, precise, sympathetically alive to the


When Did Books Get So Freaking Enormous? The Year of the Very Long Novel

When Doubleday editor Gerald Howard acquired Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, a 736-page novel about a New Yorker with a hellish past, he told her …


Asian-American group says Cameron Crowe ‘whitewashed’ his new film

An Asian-American group is blasting “Jerry Maguire” director Cameron Crowe for having “whitewashed” Asian-Pacific Islanders out of his new film set …


Surfers Are Assholes

Meet Aaron James, a surfer and best-selling author who says you might be an asshole

Before acquiring his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University, lifelong surfer Aaron James found inspiration for his New York Times bestselling book, Assholes: A Theory, not from his Ivy League colleagues, but from …

Water Sports

Why are we waiting for the first great Australian sporting novel to be written?

Sport as we have known it in Australia over the past year seems ripe for interpretation in literary fiction. The tumult of this period has included doping investigations engulfing NRL and AFL clubs, complex scandals involving errant text messages in rugby union, scarcely believable images of …


Service dogs can sniff out kids’ seizures - SFGate

LOS ANGELES — When Alyssa Howes was 4, she lost her sight and started having seizures — up to 20 a day.

For years, her grandmother stayed in the girl’s room at night, watching for an attack. That ended three years ago when Alyssa got a rare gift for a young child: a service dog named Flint.

When the …


The mad crazy world of writing for Letterman

For the first 13 of his 33 years on the late-night airwaves (does anyone still say "airwaves"?), I was a writer for Dave Letterman. It was the best …

David Letterman

The Robots Are Coming: Now They're Writing Baseball Game Recaps

Supposedly, this will free up journalists to work on more important stories.

A cynic might say that sports stories are already a little robotic. Much of what we read is by-the-numbers description of the action, following standard formulas. But, in the future, it really will be true. Robots are …


Sarah Dessen Interview: YA, writing, and trusting your instincts

When you get the opportunity to interview an author like Sarah Dessen, you seize it, even if it means driving miles out of the city in heavy traffic …


5 Writers Who Went Crazy While Writing Important Books

By Michael Dawson,Jake Klink,Aatif Zubair Published: May 20th, 2015 We tend to think of writers as indoor types. Hell, look at us -- we're writing …


Do You Have What It Takes to Get Into a Writing Program?

It is that time of year when writers from all over the country apply to the studio and network writing programs. I am the Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC and have been for the last eight years. I am also a former 12-year studio executive. I've seen what it takes to get into these …


Tomorrowland Scribes Talk Writing Female Characters; George Clooney Addresses Moderation Vs. Censorship

In a recent interview with Vulture, Tomorrowland co-writer Damon Lindelof, director Brad Bird, and star George Clooney managed to make me more hype …

George Clooney

Don’t give up on poetry!

Civic poetry is not your precious, otherwordly poetry. It's public, it's political -- about the hard stuff of life

Many of us think of poetry as so refined that we can only refer to it occasionally, like fine silverware that you can’t put in the dishwasher. Piercing minds go mute around poetry. It …


Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai wins £60,000 Man Booker International Prize

Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai has won the £60,000 (around $114,000 CAD) Man Booker International Prize.

The award is presented every two years …

Literary Prizes

Mad Men: Longing to Be Known

Each week, Alissa Wilkinson reflects on the latest episode of AMC’s Mad Men.

Remember the beginning of the seventh Mad Men season? Freddy Rumsen, …

Mad Men

Madeline Stuart, Teen With Down Syndrome, Determined To Become A Model

Madeline Stuart, a teen with down syndrome, is determined to become a model.

The 18-year-old enjoys dancing, cheerleading, gymnastics, among other …

Down Syndrome

dynamicafrica: “A List Of Some Of My Favourite Books By African Writers. In honor of International Literacy Day, I compiled a list of some of my favourite books written by African authors (with the...



A List Of Some Of My Favourite Books By African Writers.

In honor of International Literacy Day, I compiled a list of some of my …

Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle and the "Knausgaarding of Literature"

The other day I got into a minor Twitter spat with the culture writer of a major magazine. He was complaining about “the Knausgaarding of …

How 15 Minutes Of Internet Fame Did Nothing For My Books

But at least I got my stolen bike back.

This is the absolutely true story of how I lost my bike, found my bike, got internet fame, and then watched it fade away — all in three days.

It happened in 2010, during August, when New York City is hot, empty, and often unbearable. I was a struggling writer. …


35 Things To Do With All Those Books

Let’s talk bookshelves. Both practically and impractically.

1. Keep them in your fireplace.

2. Make your own Little Free Library.

3. Rethink your skateboard.

4. Put them in a birdcage.

5. Build shelves as high as they will go.

6. Higher.

7. Highest.

8. Convert your bedroom door into bookshelves.

9. Turn …

Agatha Christie

Down and out in Portland: Lean seasons had always been part of my writing life, but this time I was dead broke

A cup of steaming coffee on my laptop's keyboard was the low point -- but good, honest labor brought me back

Just before sundown, on the seventh day of this year — a droning, drizzly afternoon on Portland’s working-class Eastside — I boarded a city train to the airport without paying the required …


“Letterman” head writer Merrill Markoe: “The show felt constantly unstable to me”

Head "Late Night" writer spoke to Salon about the show's early days, the writers' room and Dave's notorious anxiety

Merrill Markoe was the original head writer and co-creator of the iconic, groundbreaking early years of “Late Night With David Letterman.” The native New Yorker cut her teeth at the …