Posts Tagged: inspiration

An Ethnography of the Self: Talking with Morgan Parker

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Morgan Parker discusses her writing process, approaching an idea from various forms, and how moving from NYC to L.A. has changed her work.

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The Rumpus Interview with Robyn Schiff

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Robyn Schiff talks about her collection A Woman of Property, the long con of “owning” land, her passion for early novels, how motherhood changed her poetry, and the generative powers of form.

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Vonnegut’s Secret Weapon

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Without his wife Jane’s faith and encouragement in his writing, it’s highly likely we wouldn’t know Kurt Vonnegut’s name from Adam. The New Yorker explores Jane’s influence on her husband throughout his career as an author. Kurt was more pragmatic, casting about for career ideas—teaching, reporting, opening a library with a bar. Jane had just […]

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Debut Novelists and the Books That Shaped Them

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Lit Hub asked the seven first-time novelists shortlisted for the 2015 Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize what book inspired them to become the authors they are today. Sophie McManus says, I was ten and reading A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin when the understanding that I’d make my life with books […]

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The Poetic Power of Pedestrians

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By merely wandering, the dérivist frustrates the spatial logic of capitalism, in the process discovering new currents, fissures, and vortices of possibility within a deeply familiar space. Wandering and drifting have long been championed as means of inspiration, but how does that figure into the politics and configuration of our literature? Over at Full Stop, […]

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Just Do the Hard Things

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Sara Benincasa has some inspiring words over at Medium: You must tell people exactly what you want from them if you have any hope that they will give it to you. I asked people to review my book (well, my publisher asked them to review my book) in the hopes that everyone would love it and […]

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Influence Without Anxiety

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Inspiration comes from many sources, including the books we read. As we internalize other authors’s work, they inevitably influence our writing (often without us ever knowing). The novelist Kim Triedman explores the relationship writers have to the books they read at Beyond the Margins: As writers, we read and are enriched, see possibilities for language […]

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Literature in Your Skin

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If you need a few minutes to break away from your day, why don’t you head on over to Tattoo Lit, where the word is made flesh. It is updated regularly with submissions of tattoos inspired by literature. Virginia Woolf, Shakespere, and even Shel Silverstein are represented.

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