Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book Silent Spring was published on this date in 1962 | The Writer’s Almanac

Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book Silent Spring was published on this date in 1962 (books by this author). Carson was a marine biologist, but she was also a crafter of lyrical prose who contributed to magazines like The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, and who had already published three popular lyrical books about the sea. One... Continue Reading →

You said ‘who’ invented terrorism?

"This country has dangled the sword of nuclear holocaust over the world for more than half a century and claims that someone else invented terrorism." Paraphrased from "If Not Empire, What?: A Survey of the Bible" by Berry Friesen and John K. Stoner

Happy Birthday to Robert Stone

According to today's Writer's Almanac, Stone wrote: "Writing is lonely. [...] But most of the time you are in a room by yourself, you know. Writers spend more time in rooms, staying awake in quiet rooms, than they do hunting lions in Africa. So, it's a bad life for a person because it's so lonely... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday John Steinbeck

It's the birthday of John Steinbeck. See The Writer's Almanac for Feb. 27 for more details.  In Chapter 17 of The Grapes of Wrath, he wrote The cars of the migrant people crawled out of the side roads onto the great cross-country highway, and they took the migrant way to the West. In the daylight... Continue Reading →

Yusef Komunyakaa, Poetry Reading 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

Where: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., New Haven Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection Celebrated for his powerful and carefully crafted poems, Komunyakaa has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the... Continue Reading →

Langston Hughes’ birthday today

Today is the birthday of the man known as "The O. Henry of Harlem," American poet Langston Hughes (1902). In 1926, he was working as a busboy at a hotel in New York City when the poet Vachel Lindsay arrived for dinner. Hughes placed some poems under Lindsay's dinner plate. Intrigued, Lindsay read them and... Continue Reading →

Words of wisdom from birthday girl Colette

Today is the birthday of Colette who said "Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."

John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for the Aspiring Writer and His Nobel Prize Speech | Open Culture

Feb. 27 is the birthday of writer John Steinbeck, whose great novel of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath, gives an eloquent and sympathetic voice to the dispossessed. In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” You can watch him deliver... Continue Reading →

Shakespeare and Company, Paris’s famous bookstore where wandering writers are welcome | The Washington Post

By James McAuley, September 27, 2016 PARIS — Shakespeare and Company, the small, crumbling bookshop on Paris’s Left Bank, may be the most famous bookstore in the world. It was the first place to publish the entirety of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” when no one else would, and for decades it has been an informal living... Continue Reading →

First freewriting exercise in a long time

I read ""Writing Without Teachers," by Peter Elbow in college. One of the things he talks about is how a daily freewriting exercise can free the writer's mind to write better. It involved writing for at least ten minutes and not stopping even to think of the next word you're going to write. Not thinking... Continue Reading →

Today is the birthday of Gabriel García Márquez

It’s the birthday of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who said, “I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of journalist.” That’s Gabriel García Márquez, born in Aracataca, Colombia, on this day in 1927. He’s the author of one of the most important books in Latin American literature, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967).... Continue Reading →

‘The story really wants to defeat you. You have to be more mulish than the story’ | Writer’s Almanac

It’s the birthday of the novelist Khaled Hosseini (books by this author), born in Kabul, Afghanistan (1965). Khaled Hosseini said: “There is a romantic notion to writing a novel, especially when you are starting it. You are embarking on this incredibly exciting journey, and you’re going to write your first novel, you’re going to write... Continue Reading →

Overseas jobs online now!

A character in a story I'm working on is surprised at the online availability of jobs in Afghanistan :::: .... you could literally find a job in Afghanistan online, from the Army’s Civil Logistics Augmentation Program, which sounded like a rational way to contribute to society -- or the destruction of one -- to truck... Continue Reading →

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

By Maria Popova “As a writer you should not judge. You should understand,” Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) counseled in his 1935 Esquire compendium of writing advice, addressed to an archetypal young correspondent but based on a real-life encounter that had taken place a year earlier. In 1934, a 22-year-old aspiring writer named... Continue Reading →

Perfume seller wins Bruntwood prize for play about welfare cuts

The UK’s biggest playwriting competition has been won by Katherine Soper, a 24-year-old perfume seller, for a play informed by what she calls the government’s “systematic assault” on disabled and mentally ill people. Source: Perfume seller wins Bruntwood prize for play about welfare cuts

Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut | The Writer’s Almanac

It's the birthday of a writer who was also a veteran (11/11 is Veteran's Day in the United States, which honors Americans who have served their country in the armed forces) Kurt Vonnegut (books by this author), born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on this day in 1922. He's the author of Slaughterhouse Five (1969), Cat's Cradle... Continue Reading →

Crow at sunset

The orange sunset reflected on the glossy underside of the crow's wing caught my eye.    

Maya Angelou Stamp Quote Actually Came From Connecticut Children’s Book Author Joan Walsh Anglund

The news that the U.S. Postal Service was honoring Maya Angelou, poet, author and civil rights advocate, with her own forever stamp was welcomed by her fans. Angelou, who died last year, was a cultural icon and mother figure to a generation of writers. Jabari Asim, associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson... Continue Reading →

A reading from ‘Prime Green’ by Robert Stone on video | Narrative Magazine

Long before Robert Stone became a National Book Award–winning novelist, he tried selling encyclopedias in rural Louisiana, only to be arrested on suspicion of being an outside agitator. Regrouping from that calamity, he pondered joining a traveling theatrical troupe putting on a Christ play. In March 2009, at our Narrative Night in San Francisco, Bob... Continue Reading →

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