If you’ve spent most of your life cruising ahead on natural ability, doing what came easily and quickly, every word you write becomes a test of just how much ability you have, every article a referendum on how good a writer you are. As long as you have not written that article, that speech, that […]
David Foster Wallace on Ambition (animated interview from PBS Digital Studios) There are lots of things that interest me about doing improv, but one of the top is that there’s no time when you’re performing improv that you can perfect anything. The scene you are making exists, and then it’s gone — it exists perhaps […]
Try this writing exercise by Lee Martin, in which you write to think more deeply about a group or culture that you’re part of or interested in.
[T]ell readers that they’re wrong about something they know in their heart to be true, and they will send you hate mail. from “You’ve got mail, you idiot!” by Christie Aschwanden
UPDATE: Find the liveblog of the event at this newer post. The much-anticipated but sadly postponed discussion on The Future of the Book has been rescheduled for April 1. Sven Birkerts Maud Newton Essayist Sven Birkerts and Blogger Maud Newton to Discuss the Impact Of Technology on the Publishing Industry, April 1 at Pitt PITTSBURGH- […]
UPDATE: Another casualty of Snowpocalypse 2010, the “Future of the Book” discussion has been postponed. With luck it will be rescheduled soon. Next Thursday, the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series at Pitt’s Creative Writing program will hold an event of primo interest to me: a discussion titled “The Future of the Book,” featuring Sven Birkerts and […]
Back Bay Brewing cap, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey. It’s November, that heady month when people across the Web and around the world leave behind silly things such as reason and rationality and hygiene and take on tremendous challenges. NaNoWriMo. NaBloPoMo. DrawMo! And many other Mos of which I’m as yet unaware. This year I’m tackling […]
Amusing compilation of the many, many times current films use the absence of cellphone signal as a plot point. “No Signal (and other cellular drama)” Via screenwriter John August.
Dorothy Parker was born August 22, 1893. Celebrate this date with a Martini; two at the very most. Here’s a Parker poem to enjoy as well: Interview The ladies men admire, I’ve heard, Would shudder at a wicked word. Their candle gives a single light; They’d rather stay at home at night. They do not […]
301W4GhCi0Q It’s Indy 4 Weekend. Whether or not you’re planning to check out the latest installment in the adventures of Indiana Jones, you might be interested to see a bit of suspense its director created early in his career: 1971’s The Duel. In this low-budget, made-for-TV movie, which Steven Spielberg made when he was 23 […]