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April 29, 2015

The Admiral in the Library: The Millions Interviews James Stavridis 12


Reading is integral to my life. And I think, in the end, we solve global problems not by launching missiles, it’s by launching ideas. So as a tool for understanding the world and for understanding how you can change the world, I find fiction incredibly important.

April 16, 2015

How Will I Live? Fame, Money, Day Jobs, and Fiction Writing. 15


What happened in those eight missing years to make a well-reviewed, commercially successful author fall so far so fast? Heartbreak? Rehab? Addiction to designer shoes? Easy: She took the wrong day job.

April 8, 2015

To Fall in Love with a Reader, Do This 4


Several months ago, The New York Times published an article about a 36-question interview devised to make strangers fall in love. The questions presented here are designed with a more modest goal: to have an interesting conversation about books.

February 23, 2015

The Art of the Final Sentence 14


For writers, the last sentences aren’t about reader responsibility at all — it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stop worrying about what comes next, because nothing does. No more keeping the reader interested, no more wariness over giving the game away. This is the best time for a writer to get real, to depict reality as they see it, without compromises, without fear.

February 18, 2015

The Art of the Chapter 6


You want to know how weird and deep my rabbit hole goes? I’ve developed what I’ll call an eccentricity about chapters.

February 17, 2015

Forty for 40: A Literary Reader for Lent 6


Lent is the most literary season of the liturgical year. The Lenten narrative is marked by violence, suffering, anticipation, and finally, joy. Here is a literary reader for Lent: 40 stories, poems, essays, and books for the 40 days of this season.

February 11, 2015

Pansexual Free-for-All: My Time As A Writer of Kindle Erotica 21


All I had to do was be willing to remorselessly pump out paranormal pornography like nobody’s business. Could I accept this challenge?

January 21, 2015

It’s Not You, It’s Us: Apartment Hunting in Brooklyn 21


I couldn’t really picture myself living here. But I tried anyway. I had a premonition of standing in the middle of a pretty-decent sized kitchen, sautéing garlic shrimp for my blow-up girlfriend.

January 6, 2015

Get to Work: On the Best Advice Writers Ever Received 7


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 25


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