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|July 23, 2014On Writing and Moral SentimentBy Catherine Parnell Writers and students often ask how to marry the personal and the political in their work. While I have no good answer, I did have an aha moment a few days ago that struck as I lifted a striped watermelon at the local market: if it’s heavy ...|
|July 22, 2014Voices In My HeadBy Mari Passananti If you type “why are all writers” into the Google search box, the search engine auto-fills the suggestions “crazy,” “depressed,” and “alcoholics.” Most of us who write for a living frequently field the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” In most polite company, the “you crazy ...|
|July 21, 2014But I DigressBy Nichole Bernier You’re writing a tense scene, really in the thick of it: An aging actress is holding a handful of pills. She’s been offered the role of the star’s mother, rather than that of the star. She lifts glass of water toward her mascara-streaked face, pills cupped in her ...|
|July 18, 2014Amazon, Publishers & the Sun & the WindBy Randy Susan Meyers Long ago, the Wind and the Sun fought about who was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun said: “I see a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveler to take off his cloak ...|
|July 17, 2014The Only Perfect Novel There IsBy Juliette Fay I just finished my latest novel, and it’s perfect. Not perfect perfect, of course. It’s honeymoon perfect. It’s sunny, flag-fluttering, best-wave day at the beach perfect. Which is to say, it can’t last. I finished the first draft early last month, and then spent a couple of ...|
|July 16, 2014The Novelist as Ethnographerby Christiane Alsop When I am not writing fiction I write ethnography. Sometimes I cannot tell the difference – which at first glance doesn’t seem to make sense. Ethnography, after all, is a collection of methods that social sciences use as tools in their quest to describe and understand the ...|