Magazine Articles Tagged With craft

The Written Image: Jennifer Collier

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 2.10.15

March/April 2015

UK artist Jennifer Collier uses repurposed books and papers to sculpt an array of art objects inspired by the very materials used to create them—from stilettos made from the pages of Little Women to gloves fashioned from the illustrated text of Alice in Wonderland—each finished project a reflection of the written words from which it’s made.

 

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The Art of Reading Per Petterson: Finding Appalachia in a Norwegian Novel

by Deborah Reed

The Literary Life

Posted 2.10.15

Deborah Reed

Even in translation, Norwegian author Per Petterson’s prose is intensely rhythmic and lyrical, evoking something akin to the oral tradition of Appalachian storytelling.

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Where We Write: Iowa

by Kodi Scheer

The Literary Life

Posted 2.10.15

Kodi Scheer

Iowa isn’t just the Writers’ Workshop. A native Iowan talks about how she learned to capture the true nature of her home state, and the stoic people who live there, in her writing.

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The Art of Reading John Berryman: Waking Up in The Dream Songs

by Jay Baron Nicorvo

The Literary Life

Posted 1.30.15

January/February 2015

A personal and in-depth look at the life and poetry of John Berryman, with particular focus on The Dream Songs—from the lasting impact of his father’s death to questions of racism and misogyny and, finally, to Berryman’s own tragic end.

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The Written Image: Sorted Books

by Staff

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

In her Sorted Books project, Nina Katchadourian arranges books from libraries—including William S. Burroughs’s personal collection, as well as those housed in museums and galleries across the country, to find a kind of poetry in the spines.

 

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Ethnicity and Craft: Creating Characters, not Caricatures

by Jennifer De Leon

The Literary Life

Posted 12.16.14

Jennifer De Leon

A writer and editor shares her thoughts, as well as lessons learned from authors such as Junot Díaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Celeste Ng, on writing of and from a culture that may be foreign to the reader: what do we explain, italicize, or translate? How do we navigate the divide between the ethnicity of a writer or character and that of her audience?

 

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Feckless Pondering: Emotional Beats and the Art of Repose

by Benjamin Percy

The Literary Life

Posted 12.16.14

Benjamin Percy

A case for balancing action with introspection in fiction, in order to avoid “gumming up the gears of your story.”

 

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More Ideas Faster: Writing With Abandon

by Grant Faulkner

Special Section

Posted 12.16.14

Grant Faulkner

A writer learns that letting go of the need for perfectionism, and instead allowing the creative impulse to guide him fluidly and freely, can revitalize the practice of writing.

 

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Art Vs. Life: A Quarrel Between David Shields and Caleb Powell

by David Shields and Caleb Powell

Special Section

Posted 12.16.14

David Shields and Caleb Powell

What comes first—the human or the writer? David Shields and Caleb Powell discuss the origins and collaborative process behind the four-day argument about life and art that became their new book (and film), I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel.

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Quieting the Mind: The Sound of Letting Go

by Sarah Herrington

Special Section

Posted 12.16.14

Sarah Herrington

While at a ten-day silent meditation retreat, a writer reluctantly puts away her pen, choosing instead to fully inhabit herself and her experience.

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