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By Eric on November 28, 2012
Not long ago a friend asked me for advice for her son, who’s about to graduate from high school and is considering colleges. He’s wondering how to choose the best undergraduate program for an aspiring young writer. My initial impulse was to suggest that my friend have her son committed for inpatient treatment until he […]
By ww2bw on November 26, 2012
Taken for Granite: My Life in Kayos By Ross Howell Ross followed a career in academic fundraising, public relations, book publishing, and marketing after receiving his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He’s now freelancing non-fiction and fiction, and teaching at Elon University. He lives in Greensboro, NC, with his wife, Mary Leigh, English cocker spaniel […]
By ww2bw on November 21, 2012
In this best of all seasons, we are especially grateful for librarians and booksellers and teachers and avid readers and writers and all the other people who love books and the power of well chosen words to enrich lives.
By ww2bw on November 19, 2012
By Jeffrey Abrahams As Thanksgiving approaches, the groaning table has been turned on me and I find myself looking over my shoulder. I am being stalked by wild turkeys. If you’ve never seen a wild turkey before, except on the label of a bottle of fine bourbon, let me explain the difference between the domesticated, […]
By ww2bw on November 16, 2012
Ross followed a career in academic fund-raising, public relations, book publishing, and marketing after receiving his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. He’s now freelancing non-fiction and fiction, and teaching at Elon University. He lives in Greensboro, NC, with his wife, Mary Leigh, English cocker spaniel diva, Pinot, and rescued pit bull Lab mix Sam. […]
By Eric on November 14, 2012
Learning Another Language Can Only Improve Your Game By Eric Olsen A few weeks ago the writers’ website Redroom.com invited readers to blog about learning another language, the assumption being, I suppose, that writers are multilingual, or should be. Certainly there are all sorts of reasons why a writer should know more than one language. […]
By ww2bw on November 9, 2012
You saw them here first: Catherine enthusiastically introduces the next generation of good reads, plus her current faves. By the bed now is Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson, essays based on a series of lectures given at Yale. Robinson’s intention is to challenge widespread cultural assumptions about the divide between what is taken for […]
By ww2bw on November 1, 2012
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By ww2bw on November 1, 2012
Allan Gurganus‘ essay celebrating John Cheever’s centenary, “Days with John Cheever,” is in the November 8 edition of the New York Review of Books. Allan says he’s proud of the piece which is deeply rooted in Iowa Workshop days and lore.Joe Haldeman just put the finishing touches on his latest novel, Work Done for Hire. Joy Harjo is among the first […]
By ww2bw on October 29, 2012
Looking for the perfect mood setter for your Halloween party? Here’s a podcast of Joe Haldeman‘s story, “Graves,” which won both the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award in 1993 and hasn’t lost any of its punch in the interim. Our thanks to Joe for sending the chills.