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Polly Courtney, the author of six novels who self-published her latest, Feral Youth (2013), after being frustrated by the "chick-lit" covers assigned to her by HarperCollins, offers the third in her series of how-to videos on self-publishing. Watch Part 1: Editing and Part 2: Cover Design.
”I have a fair amount of fear when I am writing a book. You need to hate your work, but if you hate it too much it will stop you from writing," says Jeffrey Eugendies in this conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer, moderated by journalist Martin Krasnik and filmed at the Louisiana Literature Festival in 2012.
The former New Yorker staff writer and director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU delivered this keynote address, "A Typology of Convergences: Towards a Unified Field Theory of Cultural Transmission," at the 2013 Graduate Student Conference at the School of Visual Arts.
"I'd say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than 'Try to be kinder.'" In May 2013 George Saunders gave a commencement speech at Syracuse University. It was recently published as a book, Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness, published earlier this month by Random House, as well as, in abbreviated form, this animated video, narrated by Saunders himself.