January/February 1990

T. Coraghessan Boyle, whose 1987 novel, World's End, won the PEN/Faulkner Award, is that happy anomaly: the respectable iconoclast.


Richness and Drought at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

by Penelope Moffet
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A poet finds solitude, wildlife, and inspiration at an artists colony in the California hills.

The Poetry of Self-Discovery and Its Limits

by Zack Rogow
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A poet laments the predominance of confessional poetry.

Name that Tune—It's Cheaper than Using the Lyrics

by Marcia Biederman
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Writers need to think twice before using song lyrics and other copyrighted material in their works.

An Interview With T. Coraghessan Boyle

by David Stanton
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When, at the outset of his career, people told T. Coraghessan Boyle that he couldn't make a living as a writer, he said, "Maybe one person can, and I don't care about the rest—it'll be me."

The Challenge of Poetry

by Jascha Kessler
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Today our experience of the esthetic is changing, in ways that challenge poetry.

Poems Into Songs May Grow

by John Toms
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Wanted: poems, as song lyrics for high school choruses.

Council Oak Books

by Stephen G. Kennedy
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Two members of a writers' circle in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have started a small press to publish beautifully crafted books.

How to Discourage a Freelance Writer (If Possible)

by Laef Locke
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Is a subscribe-or-else virus creeping across the land?

News and Trends

Congress Passes Arts Fund Restrictions

by Arthur S. Rosenblatt
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Senator Jesse Helms sought to pass legislation to limit the authority of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

NEA Withdraws Grant to AIDS Show

by Arthur S. Rosenblatt
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Under new legislation that limits National Endowment for the Arts funding, a ten-thousand-dollar grant for an exhibition about AIDS is recalled.

Condos to Desecrate Walden Pond

by Robert Siegel
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The town of Concord has approved the partial destruction of Thoreau's Walden Woods to make room for a housing development.

Software Teaches Novel Writing

by David Sacks
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WritePro, developed by novelist and editor Sol Stein, teaches users how to write novel-length fiction.

Big Money for First Literary Novels

by David Sacks
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Large advances for first literary novels are the start of a new trend.