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  • Lots of writers have stories about creative writing classes that changed their lives. The remembrance of the pivotal class is a mini-genre in itself. At The Rumpus, Warren Adler writes about his own life-changing experience, looking back on a class he took at the New School all the way back in 1949.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Recommended Reading: Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin on writing for free (or not).


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Were you aware there’s a new BBC2 show about the lives of the Bloomsbury Group? There is, and it’s called Life in Squares, a reference to a quote that says the group “lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles.” In The New Statesman, Rachel Cooke sits down with the series. You could also read Alexis Coe on Virginia Woolf and Downton Abbey.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Who better to review a new sci-fi book than Ursula Le Guin? The Guardian editors couldn’t think of a better candidate either. She reviewed the new story collection Three Moments of an Explosion by the English writer China Miéville. Sample quote: “Pastiche, when present, is so skilful that it can go unnoticed.” You could also read our own Bill Morris on discovering Miéville’s work.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • “What I want to know is, since when does making art require participation in any community, beyond the intense participation that the art itself is undertaking? Since when am I not contributing to the community if all I want to do is make the art itself?” Meghan Tifft gives voice to the struggle of the introverted writer in an essay for The Atlantic.


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    ~Kaulie Lewis
  • When street art and literature combine: on “The Moving, Playful Poetry of the World’s Textual Graffiti Artists,” from Slate.


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    ~Kaulie Lewis
  • Blackout, the recent memoir by Sarah Hepola, chronicles the author’s long struggle with reckless drinking. The title references the total loss of memory she experienced after some of her worst benders. At The Morning News, Rosecrans Baldwin talks with Hepola about her book, amnesia and the nature of memory.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Recommended Reading: “Management” by Erin McGraw.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Penguin is celebrating its eightieth anniversary this year. How well do you know its classic book covers? At The Telegraph, a quiz on the better-known titles in its library. You could also look back on one of our book cover battles.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • A striking photo of the Brontё sisters is not, in fact, a photo of the Brontё sisters. The women in the photo look a lot like them, but their hometown didn’t have much in the way of photography in the 1840s, and there isn’t any record of the Brontёs getting their photo taken. So how did the picture become known for being something it isn’t? At the LRB’s blog, Alice Spawls explains why. Pair with our own Edan Lepucki on Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester.


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    ~Thomas Beckwith
  • Want to write about science? Let Sir Thomas Browne, “17th-century know-it-all,” show you how.


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    ~Kaulie Lewis
  • “This is the first one, the big one, the ur-road movie: the Odyssey.” Charlotte Higgins writes about how Homer’s epic goes far beyond geography for The Guardian.


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    ~Kaulie Lewis