Items Tagged With craft

Ghost in the Machine: A Typewriter, a Postcard, and the Objects of Memory

by Maria Mutch

The Literary Life

Posted 5.1.14

Maria Mutch

A writer’s search for a typewriter brings her face to face with both present and past, and helps her understand ideas of friendship, memory, connection, and loss.



Xiaolu Guo States American Literature is Overrated, Shia LaBeouf Scandal, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.22.14

Liel Leibovitz reports that Listen Up Philip, a movie that premieres this week at the Sundance Film Festival, has glaring parallels to the work of Philip Roth; musician Trent Reznor is on board to collaborate on the score of David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl; University of Southern California students have launched a letter-writing campaign to save USC’s Master of Professional Writing program; and other news.


No Ideas but in Things: The Importance of First Objects

by Elizabeth Kostova

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

Elizabeth Kostova

Channeling some of our earliest memories, and specifically the physical objects that often exist at the center of such recollections, can prove to be a productive writing exercise—and might just open the floodgates to inspiration. 


Pedestrian Adventures: Walking to Inspiration

by Celia Johnson

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

Celia Johnson

A number of writers—including Dickens, Thoreau, Woolf, and Wordsworth, to name a few—have turned to walking for inspiration. This essay explores the myriad benefits that ambulatory excercise can have on the creative life.