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Answer Songs: Music as Muse


A songwriter responds to literature—such as stories by Jonathan Lethem and George Saunders—with music, carrying the creative conversation across art forms.


The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect


A writer and workshop instructor grapples with what he sees as an increasing resistance toward the work of established authors among writing students.

Superpowered Storytelling

by Benjamin Percy

The Literary Life

July/August 2016

<p>An author, essayist, and DC Comics writer shares what he’s learned from writing comics, and how the process has shaped his narrative voice. &nbsp;</p>

The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff

The Literary Life

May/June 2016

<p>Explore your parental relationships, gain unexpected access to somebody else’s data, and assess the qualities of a favorite celebrity—three prompts to ignite the creative process.</p>

Following the Mysteries: An Interview With Jhumpa Lahiri

by Ann Goldstein


March/April 2016

<p>Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri talks with translator Ann Goldstein about her decision to write her new book, <i>In Other Words</i>, in Italian; the search for freedom and happiness; and the mysteries of creativity, art, and life.</p>

The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff

The Literary Life

March/April 2016

<p>Explore the emotions of color, shout your strongest feelings, and write for a vending machine—three prompts to ignite the creative process.</p>

Mermaids and Matryoshkas: The Secret Life of a Poetic Sequence

by Sandra Beasley

The Literary Life

November/December 2015

<p>A poet and author talks with five published and noteworthy poets about craft and creative process, and what they do when the going gets tough.</p>
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