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October 5, 2014

Creative Person, Creative Life 0

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“How is the life of a creative person—an artist, a designer, a composer—related to his or her work?” The New Yorker lists 7 archived pieces by way of answer.

October 4, 2014

Twitter Fiction 0

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“I rather like the idea of just using a few brushstrokes to create a whole world. And, of course, with Twitter you do that, you can tell a very big story in a few lines.” Books and Arts Daily talks with Alexander McCall Smith about the new art of Twitter fiction. Pair with the full […]

October 4, 2014

A Young Writer 0

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Recommended reading: Joseph Scapellato summarizes the life of a young writer for Electric Lit. “You are a young writer. Write.”

October 4, 2014

Crowdfunding Publishing 1

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There’s been a lot of discussion about self-publishing books, but what about crowdfunding? Online publisher Unbound is proving it could work and has already raised over £1 million and funded 54 books. The model itself couldn’t really be any simpler – “the author pitches an idea and if enough readers support it, the book goes ahead. […]

October 3, 2014

Rough Starts 0

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We’ve talked about great opening lines before, but what about the rough starts? The American Scholar has listed the “Ten Worst Opening Lines” and believe it or not, they’re well worth reading.

October 3, 2014

Writing Mirrors 0

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“Here is the trouble with looking for ourselves in the writers whose works we admire, at least if we are proposing to be their biographers. For if we are in search of ourselves, or in this case our own troubled teenaged selves roaming New York, then we are apt to downplay those parts of the […]

October 3, 2014

Please, Oh Please: On Madam Secretary and the Ladies of TV     6

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I want my Secretary of State to be clear that, for as long as her job description includes tending to ISIS, then tending to ISIS is more important than the PTA.

October 3, 2014

Speaking like Shakespeare 0

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“What did Shakespeare’s English sound like to Shakespeare?” A father and son team are working to answer this question, recover Shakespeare’s original pronunciation and perform his plays in the new-old style, and lest this sound like a silly exercise in scholarship consider that “two-thirds of Shakespeare’s sonnets…. have rhymes that only work in [Old Pronunciation].”

October 3, 2014

Two Davids and The Bone Clocks 0

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Recommended listening: David Naimon interviews David Mitchell about “time, maps, cats,” and The Bone Clocks (which we reviewed here) for Between the Covers.

October 3, 2014

Kindness Is Voluntary: On Ian McEwan’s The Children Act 3

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McEwan continues to demonstrate how social truths can best be delivered elegantly by a novelist.