There’s a lot of rules or feelings about how writing a book should be, but very little of that actually corresponds with reality.
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Ramiza Shamoun Koya discusses her debut novel, THE ROYAL ABDULS.
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“I’ve never had a book happen to me the way WE HAD NO RULES did.”
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Jaquira Díaz discusses the challenge of writing about family members, her greatest joy as a writer, and her literary role models.
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In an empirically-preoccupied world, mentorship appears to be unscientific, impossible to quantify, and perhaps even sentimental. ...more
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Once, many years ago, I was at an artist’s colony in New Hampshire, The MacDowell Colony. I could never spend much time at MacDowell without suffering with paralyzing loneliness, and this visit was no exception.