Lists

February 24, 2015

To Be Eaten in Case of Emergency: Inspiration and Comfort for Writers 8

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I asked a few writers to share what visuals they kept near them while working. Perhaps what they keep near them as they make sentences will inspire you to get writing, too.

February 23, 2015

The End of the End: Writers on Last Lines 1

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Writing the final pages of a novel is difficult enough, but then comes the final challenge. It’s the end of the end, the last stop on the line, the dazzling dismount: a damn good closing sentence.

February 19, 2015

Outside the Neighborhood: Reading Italy Through Elena Ferrante 5

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The next and final installment of the Neapolitan novels will be brought out in English this year. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions for those hungering for more of Ferrante’s dark Naples and Italian feminist heroines.

February 12, 2015

The New China: A Syllabus 5

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Writing about another culture is like being the central figure in a Franz Kafka novel: You need to understand you’re guilty even before you’ve been convicted, even before you can articulate what you’re guilty of. And you must live with the knowledge of that guilt and absorb it into your project rather than seeking to expunge it.

January 26, 2015

The Page 40 Test 17

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But by paying close attention to how a writer constructs sentences, we can begin to see how the larger structure of the novel is built.

January 6, 2015

Get to Work: On the Best Advice Writers Ever Received 6

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I recently spoke with a range of authors who shared the best piece of writing advice they ever received. Some answers were brief and memorizable, some were longer and drew me into the author’s world and creative process.

January 5, 2015

Most Anticipated: The Great 2015 Book Preview 22

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At 9,000 words strong and encompassing 91 titles, this is the only 2015 book preview you will ever need.

December 29, 2014

The Best of The Millions: 2014 0

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Before we get into 2015, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2014.

December 24, 2014

A 2014 Cheat Sheet for All You New Kindle (and Other E-Reader) Owners 2

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For all those readers unwrapping shiny new devices, here are some links to get you going.

December 2, 2014

Before They Were Notable: 2014 0

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This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out.