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Write A Great First Line For Your Short Story

If you write short stories, you’ve got to have a good opening line. Sometimes the first sentence of a short story is all you get to impress an editor.<p>…

Writing

Free Publishing Resources For Writers: Your Tool Kit Essentials

Your Publishing Tool Kit: A Free Resource For Creative Writers<p>Please take advantage of these FREE resources for creative writers! Essential …

Writing

50 Books You'll Never Read The Same Way Again

Make sure you're sitting while reading this.<p>1. Vladimir Nabokov wrote <i>Lolita</i> on notecards while traveling on butterfly-collecting trips in the U.S.<p>2. Vladimir's wife Vera prevented him from burning the unfinished drafts of <i>Lolita</i>.<p>3. <i>50 Shades of Grey</i> is Britain's best-selling book of all time.<p>4.</i> …

Seven Tips From William Faulkner on How to Write Fiction

"The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory," said the Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner in his 1958 <i>Paris Review</i> interview. "Teach …

Literature

Cormac McCarthy’s Three Punctuation Rules, and How They All Go Back to James Joyce

Cormac McCarthy has been—as one 1965 reviewer of his first novel, <i>The Orchard Tree</i>, dubbed him—a “disciple of William Faulkner." He makes admirable …

Literature

The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors

It’s no secret that writers can be quite particular about their writing tools. Some might call it an obsession or fetish, but the pens, pencils, …

Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> — prolific author, champion of the creative life, disciplined writer, sage of literature — is one of the greatest storytellers of our time. At TED 2014 in Vancouver, he hosted a semi-secret late-night event where he read a ghost story and a brilliant short essay titled <b>“Ghost in the</b> …

UK Sunday paper won't review books marketed "to exclude either sex"

Writing under the rallying cry "Gender-specific books demean all our children," Katy Guest announces that the Independent on Sunday -- one of the …

Paris Review - Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction No. 203

Interviewed by Sam Weller<p>Issue 192, Spring 2010<p>Bradbury in 1978.<p>Ray Bradbury has a vacation house in Palm Springs, California, in the desert at the base of the Santa Rosa mountains. It’s a Rat Pack–era affair, with a chrome-and-turquoise kitchen and a small swimming pool in back. A few years ago, …

Literature
Literature

Italo Calvino on Abortion and the Meaning of Life

<i>“In the current abortion debate, there is no talk of children. … They never talk about nineteen-year-old fetuses,”</i> lamented SNL’s Nora Dunn in a recent anthology of women writers and entertainers on the choice not to have children. But this sensitive subject was addressed even more eloquently and …

Stewart Brand’s Reading List: 76 Books to Sustain and Rebuild Humanity

<i>UPDATE: The folks at the Long Now kindly invited me to contribute my own reading list — see it here</i>.<p>On the heels of Brian Eno’s reading list comes another installment in the Long Now Foundation’s effort to assemble 3,500 books most essential for sustaining or rebuilding humanity, as part of their …

Queen Adèle Exarchopoulos for GQ Magazine

Let's allow the French-born 20-year-old actress Adèle Exarchopoulos to clear up a few things about her controversial new film, the Cannes top-prize …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

The Best Books on Writing, NYC, Animals, and More: A Collaboration with the New York Public Library

As an enormous lover and patron of public libraries, I was beyond delighted when the fine folks at the New York Public Library asked me to curate a selection of books for their bookstore and gave me free range to do whatever I wished. My original thought was to do a single reading list around a …

Holden Caulfield’s Goddam War

As army sergeant J. D. Salinger hit the beach on D-day, drank with Hemingway in newly liberated Paris, and marched into concentration camps, the hero of The Catcher in the Rye was with him. In an adaptation from his Salinger biography, the author reveals how the war changed both Holden Caulfield …

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013

Dave Eggers and his students at the 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan writing labs compile fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, as well as …

Books

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

<i>A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his</i> …

Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers

<b>Neil Gaiman</b> knows a thing or two about the secret of the creative life. In this mashup of Gaiman’s Nerdist podcast interview and scenes from films about writers, video-monger Brandon Farley captures the essence of Gaiman’s philosophy on writing and his advice to aspiring writers — a fine addition …

Uses This / Andy Bakun

All of my machines run Linux, even my work MacBook Pro. I personally prefer Redhat/rpm-based distributions for personal stuff. We use a mix of Ubuntu …

Linux

At Libraries Across America, It's Game On

There's a battle going down at the Sollers Point Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system. It's a one-point game in the fourth quarter with only seconds left on the game clock. Huddled around a big screen in a small room, 10 or so teenagers cheer on their joystick-wielding buddies. The …

Online Tools: New “Semantic Bookmarklet For Researchers, Students and Librarians”

Here’s info about a new web tool, a bookmarklet to be specific, we thought some of you might be interested in learning about and using. It’s free. …

Phil Bradley's weblog

Proof that Google isn't a search company, it's an advertising company! I have had many times - to the point of tedium - that Google isn't out there …

Mining the treasures of Trove

It’s sometimes easy to forget how lucky we are to have so many digitised items freely available online. Institutions from around the world are making …

Here is a fantastic collection of Guillermo del Toro's gorgeous concept art that he draws in his sketchbook. It covers every film he's made since 2001, including his failed adaption of "At the Mountains of Madness".