creative process

Authors Discuss Boston Marathon Tragic Bombing, Walter Benjamin’s Tips for Writers, and More

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Evan Smith Rakoff
4.16.13

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, authors share their thoughts, including Susan Orlean, Jill Lepore, and Dan Chiasson; Jeva Lange details her quest for Melville's Moby-Dick at the 2013 New York Antiquarian Book Fair; essayist Walter Benjamin's thirteen tips for writers; and other news.

Lauren Grodstein on Amazon User Reviews, Maurice Sendak’s Last Book, and More

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Evan Smith Rakoff
3.13.13

Author Lara Santoro discussed gender disparity in literary fiction; Volume One Brooklyn views the exhibit Marcel Proust and Swann's Way: 100th Anniversary on display at New York City's Morgan Library; novelist Lauren Grodstein reveals what she's learned from an onslaught of Amazon user reviews; and other news.

Writers on Anniversary of Sylvia Plath's Death, Truman Capote Controversy, and More

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Evan Smith Rakoff
2.11.13

A dispute over the ownership of case files that informed Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood have cast doubts on the veracity of sections of Capote’s masterpiece; to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s death, the Guardian asked several writers to comment on what Plath’s work means to them, including Jennifer Egan, Sharon Olds, and Lena Dunham; novelist Caroline Leavitt shares a tale of love lost and found, and a pet tortoise named Minnie; and other news.

The Believer and KCRW Launch Organist Podcast, Using Poetry to Fight Cancer, and More

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Evan Smith Rakoff
2.5.13

Eight thousand volumes of centuries-old texts were saved from destruction during the recent fighting in Timbuktu; Nathan Bransford is hosting a contest to win a chance to have part of your manuscript read by InkWell literary agent Catherine Drayton; the Believer and Los Angeles NPR station KCRW have launched a podcast called the Organist; and other news.

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