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August 10, 2016
by Odie Lindsey
I learned about fiction from a box of Kurt Vonnegut books, Operation Desert Storm, 1991. The scene was sand, and tent, and swelter, and blast concussion, and a small, unopened box.
August 9, 2016
by Alix Hawley
We learned how to wave (one from the elbow, two from the wrist). How to eat soup (dip the spoon away from you, it looks less greedy). How to sit down (edge of the chair, legs angled to one side, ankles uncrossed). How to close a door (behind you, without turning around to look).
August 8, 2016
How do we discern a writer’s religious beliefs? When does the private belief inform the public art?
August 5, 2016
by Steve McNutt
People are selfish. People like barbecue. Cat sweaters are underrated. That’s pretty much all you needed to know to survive this job.
August 3, 2016
What Aeneas holds out to his men and to himself is the possibility that just maybe they will have a life like my grandfather’s — the one thing that could make such suffering bearable. A life filled with family that grows across generations, defined not by the pain of the past but by the peace of mind that, with enormous luck, comes once the intensity of war’s fury has receded.
August 1, 2016
Mine has been a life full of writing projects that are large and grandiose in design, even if they aren’t ultimately grand in execution.
July 29, 2016
by Tess Malone
Literary virgins with any agency are few and far between.
July 28, 2016
Planners certainly do not and cannot plan everything, and even the incorrigibly spontaneous no doubt fall into certain involuntary spasms of planning.
July 28, 2016
Before my students begin to learn screenplay format, I first ask them to consider their film’s major dramatic question, or MDQ. In screenwriting, the MDQ is a yes-or-no question that is answered by the climax. For instance, in the 1977 classic Star Wars: A New Hope, the MDQ would be, ‘Will Luke blow up the Death Star?”’
July 27, 2016
by J.H. Pearl
This was a hard-nosed, hard-knuckled era — in life, in literature, and especially in literary criticism.