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20 Writers On Overcoming Writer's Block

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20 Writers On Overcoming Writer's Block

Writer's Block

What Explains Brazil’s Surfing Boom?

BRAZIL has gone surf crazy.

In December, when a 20-year-old Brazilian named Gabriel Medina won the world’s premier surfing title, becoming the first South American man to do so, the country erupted in celebration. Mr. Medina’s path to the championship had been followed closely in Brazil throughout …


Letters: The inequalities facing disabled travelers

Thank you for publishing an On the Spot column about wheelchair travel on airplanes ["Smoothing the Way for Wheelchairs," by Catharine Hamm, March 15]. It is very welcome and very overdue.

Thirteen years ago, my husband became paraplegic. It can happen to anybody, any time.

Since then, we have …

North America Travel

James Bond Haunted by Ghosts of His Past in 'Spectre' Teaser

Sneak peek at upcoming 007 adventure offers first look at new characters played by Monica Bellucci and, in silhouette, Christoph Waltz

Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond saga, is scheduled to hit theaters November 6th, and although the latest 007 flick is still in the midst of shooting, …

James Bond

Who really needs another literary journal?

When the Los Angeles Review of Books Web site debuted in 2012, I thought it was quixotic and unnecessary, but its smart essays and elegant design …


Five tips for would-be writers – No 1: if you want to shine, you have to polish

The road to publication is often paved with rejection, says blogger Caroline Madden, where she interviews authors such as Donal …


Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to donate $800m fortune to charity before he dies

Tim Cook is planning to give away all of his near $800m fortune before he dies, the Apple boss said in a surprisingly frank interview, in which he also described his sexuality as a “yawner”.

Cook, 54, who took over as Apple chief executive from Steve Jobs in 2011, told Fortune magazine that he …

Tim Cook

Elle Luna: 100-Day Project

When we interviewed Elle Luna in October 2013, she had recently left her day job to dive into painting full-time. Prior to that, she had helped …


This week I may be jailed for writing a book on human rights abuses

My name is Rafael Marques de Morais. I am an Angolan investigative journalist, and this week I may be jailed for a book I wrote in 2011 exposing human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond-rich areas of the Lundas.

Tomorrow seven powerful generals, including the minister of state and head of the …

Human Rights

5 Reasons to Read the Time-Traveling Graphic Novel Here

A dinosaur may have once snacked where you're sitting. A founding father may have argued for freedom, right where you stand. Fifty years from now? It …

Graphic Novels

The Sportswriting Machine

The Sportswriting MachineMost game recaps stick to a well-worn formula. This is not to say that sportswriters are automatons—but what if they could …


Dr. Dre Talks N.W.A Biopic, Eazy-E's Death, New Music

13 things we learned from the producer's interview with Big Boy

Dr. Dre recently sat down with L.A. radio DJ Big Boy for a wide-ranging chat, discussing everything from his beginnings in N.W.A to producing Eminem. He spoke at length his involvement in the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. …


Watch President Obama interview David Simon about The Wire

The White House's YouTube account just published a video interview between President Obama and reporter, author, and creator of HBO crime drama The Wire, David Simon. Simon is the interviewee, and speaks frankly about the nation's policing problems, from the drug war to over-incarceration. Who's to …

David Simon

Sufjan Stevens talks to Dave Eggers: ‘I was recording songs as a means of grieving’

As the slow grey East River passes in the distance, as the white smoke from some faraway factory rises into the white winter sky, as a lone man in a grey jacket wanders through the power plant across the street below us, Sufjan Stevens, inside his studio four floors up, shows Technicolor home …

Music (UK)

JK Rowling says she received ‘loads’ of rejections before Harry Potter success

JK Rowling has offered hope to aspiring authors everywhere, after revealing that the first literary agent she sent the manuscript of Harry Potter to responded with just a slip of paper rejecting it.

To add insult to injury, the agent also held onto the folder she submitted her work in, Rowling wrote …

Harry Potter

The healing nature of poetry

Poetry workshops held in prisons, libraries and bookshops are becoming increasingly important therapy for those who suffer from anxiety and depression

Ten of us are sitting on plastic chairs around a table; one woman is weeping. She has just read aloud Derek Walcott’s moving poem Love after Love to …


A writer walks into a bank: Facing the financial fallout from a life dedicated to art

The pain of admitting to a mortgage officer "I write realistic fiction" for a living is almost too much to bear

The mortgage broker is very polite and very young. He grew up in town and graduated high school a few years ahead of one of my kids. His initial questions regarding the refinancing of my …


Aaron Lieber Makes Good Movies. Period.

Photo: Facebook

For the longest time, I’ve wondered about those massage chairs at airports — the sad, vacant pleather kind that rattle around for five


Hawks, butterflies, coasts and footpaths: how nature writing turned to literary gold

Bondage is so last year. Publishers who spent much of the past year in search of the next Fifty Shades of Grey are now seeking to exploit another literary phenomenon: the British public’s seemingly unfettered desire for nature writing.

In the past couple of years the genre has moved towards the …


“Holy sh*t!” John Oliver blasts NCAA over $1 billion March Madness scam

Despite the college tournament generating $1 billion in TV ad revenue, student athletes aren't paid a penny

The maddest thing about March Madness is that, despite bringing in over $1 billion in television ad revenue, student athletes aren’t paid a penny because they’re considered “amateurs” by NCAA …

John Oliver

Feds promote artificial turf as safe despite health concerns

Lead levels high enough to potentially harm children have been found in artificial turf used at thousands of schools, playgrounds and day-care centers across the country, yet two federal agencies continue to promote the surfacing as safe, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

The growing use of turf fields …


Vancouver Island hockey league to ban kids of abusive parents

Hockey parents who swear and yell at coaches, referees and players during their kids’ games will face stiffer penalties next season from a B.C. association that is taking aim at “rink rage” and inspiring officials across the country.

The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association’s stand garnered …

Canadian Hockey

How Nigerian Bloggers, Writers, Activists Wrote a Book in Five Days

Nigerian writers, bloggers, activists at work. Photo by Luis Antonio Delgado. Used with permission.Barbara Ruehling, a filmmaker and Book Sprint …


Surfing Is Not Life

We’ve chosen to focus our relaunch around the theme: EVOLVE. Transformation is core to who we are, and we put it out to The Inertia’s influencers and


Mark Duplass: 'There's no excuse not to make films on weekends with friends'

The key to becoming a successful and fulfilled independent filmmaker is shooting films on your mobile phone for $3 and never giving in to the temptation of studio schmaltz, according to Mark Duplass, the co-creator of Togetherness.

In his keynote speech at SXSW in Austin, the filmmaker outlined his …

Film (UK)

‘Raising My Head High': A 16-Year-Old With Quadriplegia Goes to Her Prom

One might expect that this is the beginning of a tale that ends in broken dreams and heartache. But the heartache wore off, the dreams have evolved and Gena is today a remarkable 16-year-old with a story to tell. I have been photographing “Gena, In Constant Motion” since 2012. Below, Gena shares a


My mother’s affair with F. Scott Fitzgerald: How it made me the person (and the reader) I am today

Their three-year fling — which ended when he died in her living room — has shaped my life in immeasurable ways

Whenever I teach “The Great Gatsby,” as I have so many times in my forty years in the college classroom, I always wonder if I will tell the students my story. It’s my mother’s story, …


Why great novels don't get noticed now

'Dear Thief’ was one of the best novels published last year. So why haven’t you heard of it? Gaby Wood meets its author, Samantha Harvey

Last year, when literary fiction seemed to fall either into the category of formal experiment (Ali Smith’s How to Be Both; Will Self’s Shark) or into an …

Book Publishing

Pope Francis, science fiction lover

The pontiff is the first non-European to lead the church in 1,200 years. He's also a fan of trippy dystopian novels

The 2013 election of Pope Francis marked a number of firsts for the Catholic Church: the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first to have worked as a nightclub …


Dark Matter and Dark Energy

My husband says dark matter is a reality
not just some theory invented by adolescent computers
he can prove it exists and is everywhere

forming …

Dark Matter