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The author of the novels Grendel, October Light, and The Sunlight Dialogues as well as legendary books such as On Becoming a Novelist and The Art of Fiction, had a tremendous influence as a creative writing teacher. Watch Gardner's children discuss their father's rigorous teaching style and his devotion to the craft of fiction—then see the man in action in this clip from Open Road Media.
Monday was Emily Dickinson's birthday (born on December 10, 1830). To celebrate, the Poetry Foundation and PBS presented an animated version of “I Started Early–Took My Dog,” part of the Poetry Everywhere series. The poem is animated by Maria Vasilkovsky and read by actress Blair Brown.
Novelist, memoirist, and essayist Siri Hustvedt, whose most recent book is the essay collection Living, Thinking, Looking (Picador, 2012), talks here about "between space...the zone of action between people through which a third entity is created. Something like a third presence in the room."
"I'm an acquired taste, I think," says the author of nine novels, including The Yips (Open Road, 2012). Barker has been compared to a maggot working into the corpse of fiction, a description that doesn't seem to bother her: "When something irritates you, often it's the most powerful thing," she says.