Nora Ephron's Celebrity Influence, the Potential Perils of Seeking Out Your Critic, and More

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Online Only, posted 10.21.14

Lemony Snicket leads an independent bookstore initiative; Tom Hanks is published in the New Yorker; horror fiction examined; and other news.

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Amazing Facts

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 10.21.14 by Writing Prompter

Is there a simple fact that you find amazing? Think of some tidbit of knowledge that somehow altered your perspective or filled you with a new sense of wonder. It could be something very basic that changed your daily routine, or something that sparked your interest to learn about a new topic further. For example, did you know your age actually represents the number of times you have orbited around the sun? Write a poem incorporating your fact and meditate on why it fascinates you.

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What Is Literature For?

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Posted 10.21.14

"Literature is a tool to help us live and die with a little bit more wisdom, goodness, and sanity." The School of Life, an organization based in London, offers four beneficial reasons to read literature and explains how reading can be therapeutic.

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Classical Lit Goes Digital, Jericho Brown’s New Collection, and More

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Online Only, posted 10.20.14

The British Library hosts a Gothic literature exhibit; Roger Moore publishes a Hollywood memoir; Heyday Books turns forty; and other news.

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Charles D'Ambrosio

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Posted 10.20.14

"As writers, it's very hard to get over the habit of being civilized." The author of Loitering, published this month by Tin House Books, shares a valuable lesson learned from a class with novelist James Salter. Read Kevin Nance's profile of D'Ambrosio in the new issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Douglas Kearney Raps, Scats, and Grows Beautiful, Thorny Horns

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Posted 10.17.14 by RW Blogger

Poet, performer, and librettist Douglas Kearney’s third poetry collection, Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014), examines miscarriage, infertility, and parenthood. His second book, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was a National Poetry Series selection. He has received residencies and fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others.

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In Defense of Clichés, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Revisited, and More

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Famous writers compose an Exquisite Corpse; a tourist is accidentally locked inside a London bookstore; an essay on taboos and creativity; and other news.

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The Things

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Posted 10.17.14

Donald Hall reads a poem, from his book The Back Chamber (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011), about his home in New Hampshire. Hall discusses his new book, Essays After Eighty, in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Caitlin Doughty Recommends...

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Posted 10.16.14

"I had to stop myself from reading 'Writing Habits of Famous Authors' articles. Such glamorized routines create unrealistic expectations the same way beauty magazines do for young women. The practice I'd recommend is refusing to compare yourself..."

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Elmore Leonard’s Archives Go South, McSweeney’s to Become a Nonprofit, and More

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John Grisham’s controversial comments on child pornography; a new film based on the story that inspired Moby-Dick; “Yoga for Writers”; and other news.

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