Magazine Articles 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.

 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Urban Tumbleweed: Perambulatory Poetry

by Harryette Mullen

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

Harryette Mullen

Poet Harryette Mullen explains how daily walks inspired her most recent collection, Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary (Graywolf Press, 2013), and shares a selection of poems from the book. 

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Rethinking Restriction: Creative Limitation as a Positive Force

by M. Allen Cunningham

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

M. Allen Cunningham

While writers often express the need for fewer restrictions in their writing lives, one author argues that implementing limitations may actually lead to surprising—and productive—results.

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Literary Catchphrases, Digital Books Guide, Hilton Als, Best Books of 2013, and More

by James F. Thompson

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.26.13

Flavorwire offers a list of great literary catchphrases; the New York Times examines the year in film adaptations of books and short stories; a holiday guide to e-readers; and other news.

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Best Essays on Writing, Holiday Traditions, Ned Vizzini, and More

by James F. Thompson

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.23.13

Emily Temple reveals her list of the best essays on the craft of writing; the New York Times analyzes an Italian book scandal; Titi Nguyen explores the power of holiday traditions; and other news.

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Statue of Poet Radnóti Miklós Destroyed, Margaret Atwood Remembers Doris Lessing, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.18.13

Margaret Atwood remembers Nobel-winning author Doris Lessing, who died yesterday at age ninety-four; right-wing extremists have destroyed a statue of Hungarian Jewish poet Radnóti Miklós; Elissa Schappell offers advice on story endings; and other news.

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Randy Susan Meyers on Using an Outline, Speaking With Don Share, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 10.18.13

Poet Charles Simic weighs in on the current state of American society; 2paragraphs speaks with Poetry magazine editor Don Share; Randy Susan Meyers examines the usefullness of an outline; and other news.

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