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The author most recently of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter (2010) and Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation (2012), as well as coauthor with Greg Sestero of The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, forthcoming in October, talks with the Los Angeles Review of Books at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California on April 21, 2013.
Even writers, who work with this stuff all day, can benefit from a quick reminder: In this recent episode of the weekly show Mental Floss, host John Green looks at thirty-eight common spelling and grammar errors such as "stationery vs. stationary," "good vs. well" and "loose vs. lose."
Ira Glass, Calvin Trillin, and others are featured in this trailer for Rakoff's posthumous book, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, a novel in verse forthcoming in July from Doubleday. One of the best and funniest essayists of our time, Rakoff died of cancer on August 9, 2012. He was forty-seven years old.
In this Single Sentence Animation from Electric Literature, Suneet Sethi animates the following sentence, from "Angel Lust" by Maggie Shipstead: "Her mascara, running down her smooth, downy cheeks, made her look like a tragic urchin, a child whore, Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby, Jodi Foster in Taxi Driver."
"Most fiction is a sort of collaboration between experience and imagination," explains Steve Erickson, the author of several novels, including Tours of the Black Clock, The Sea Came in at Midnight, and Zeroville, in this video from Open Road Media. "At some point, a novel starts making its own choices."
The author of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, turns her attention in her new book, Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal, to a day in the life of bacteria in your gut.