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#amwriting: point of view

A young author recently asked me, “What is head-hopping and why has my writing group accused me of doing it?” Headhopping occurs when an author switches  1,097 more words


10 successful writers on writing

One of the wonderful characteristics of successful writers is their willingness to share their experience and wisdom about their craft and art with aspiring writers such as ourselves. 1,414 more words

From Writers


Jay McInerney became a literary superstar with his debut novel, Bright Lights, Big City. It was the sort of book I felt I had to read when I moved to New York in the mid-1990s, ten years after its publication. 537 more words

Book Reviews

Wine, Words and Wednesday, No. 92 (Don't analyze the rosé unless you like to swim. Got it.)

For the past few mornings, I’ve woken up to temperatures in the 20s.  My backyard, covered in frost.  I don’t particularly enjoy 20 degrees any time of year, but I feel especially inhospitable toward it when my calendar says… 332 more words


"It's Laudable To Be Audible": Enhancing the Reading Experience (Or Not)

“Have you ever heard a blindfolded octopus unwrap a cellophane-covered bathtub?”

Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

1. Musical Accompaniment

Not long ago I went to a silent-reading event at the Colonial-era…

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The Necessity Of Reading

Infinite Jest at 20

The New York Times looks back on the release of David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus

When his “Infinite Jest” came out 20 years ago, David Foster Wallace felt some anxiety about how his fully stuffed novel would be received. 126 more words

20th Century