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elizabeth-eslami's picture
Jan.09.2014
What she says, instead of the name, is “over there.”  The name of the place she won’t say is Afghanistan, and the soldier serving is her cousin.  “Hope you get some turkey over there,” she told him at Thanksgiving via Facebook. Once she called it “far away,” but usually it’s “over there...
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Jan.02.2013
I read part of it all the way through. —Samuel Goldwyn (1882–1974), U.S. film producer To write, you have to read. Most of us forget that. When my son was very young, I’d wake up at 5 a.m. and spend the first two hours of the day writing, then I would go off to the California Institute of the Arts...
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Dec.25.2012
“The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in your head.”— Tim O'Brien (The Things They Carried) Why write or read stories? Why, for that matter, dance...
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Apr.25.2012
The U.S. government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics show that in 2010, there were 145,900 writers and authors in America, and that the median income was $55,420 per year, or almost $27 per hour. The bureau predicted that in the next decade 9,500 new writers and authors will be added to the list. Just...
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Mar.22.2012
I attend many book clubs to talk about The Lotus Eaters, and I have been asked over and over by members to recommend my favorite books. Those of us who aren't English majors have often skipped what I'll call the contemporary classics in favor of what is newly published. This is a mistake in my...
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Mar.11.2012
Last week in Chicago, I attended the AWP Conference, which is a gathering of writers, creative writing professors, and students. While the event included some great speakers and readers such as Margaret Atwood, Jennifer Egan, and Darin Strauss, I also found a number of panels involving. In fact on...
tatjana-soli's picture
Dec.27.2011
I'm spending this week recharging my batteries for the new year. A friend led me to this interview with Tim O'Brien that is just fantastic in so many ways, but at this moment his take on why he writes especially moved me:  Literature makes you feel, if it’s any good, it can make you feel less...
asha-vose's picture
Aug.03.2011
This collection has surpassed my expectations for a good read introducing me to several authors whose work is spectacular. In the collection some of my favorites include: “Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story” by Russell Banks, “The Hermit’s Story” by Rick Bass, “Silver Water” by Amy Bloom, “Jealous...
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Jul.04.2010
Writing recently about attending Aimee Bender’s reading made me reflect on my own readings and how I approach them. Before I started teaching, I was deathly afraid of public speaking. In grad school, when I’d have to give a presentation to my class of just eight people—people I liked and could...
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May.04.2010
 Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans (November 17 - 21, 2010) has issued a Call for Papers on The Literature of War & Collateral Damage. The 2010 Humanities theme is The Literature of War & Collateral Dam­age. The conference offers programming designed for multiple audi­...