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In a short video from earlier this year, the author of three essay collections, including his most recent, Half Empty (Doubleday, 2010), and a frequent contributor to This American Life, talks about why he writes, the nature of creativity, and why writing only gets harder. Rakoff died on Thursday night after a battle with cancer. He was forty-seven.
The author of the new story collection Sorry Please Thank You (Pantheon), who is profiled in the current issue of the magazine by contributing editor Kevin Nance, talks about "not writing" as a means to being more productive, counterfeit writing, and writing that "slips out like a burp."
Inspired by the poem "An Anna Blume," written in 1919 by German artist Kurt Schwitters, this short film by Vessela Dantcheva explores the ways in which "lust and ingestion, disguised in love, drive the two characters to an end where love turns to be a very lonesome and strange place."
For anyone who's received a rejection letter recently, Open Road Media presents this short viedo, featuring Nile Southern and Kaylie Jones, reminding us how even the best novelists experience the indignity of the literary rebuff, either at the hands of an editor or a fellow writer.
Appearing on The Paul Holdengraber Show, the former editor of the Paris Review and the author of The Ballad of Abu Ghraib (2008), A Cold Case (2002), and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families (1998), which tells the story of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Philip Gourevitch talks about archetypes, James Brown, Jonah and the whale, and more.
Three-time felon and Tony Award-winning poet and playwright Lemon Anderson starred in Russell Simmons's Def Poetry Jam in 2003, but the resulting money and fame quickly disappeared. Lemon, a new documentary about Anderson by Laura Brownson and Beth Levinson, will have its broadcast premiere on PBS as part of Latino Broadcasting's series Voces on October 19.