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Posts Tagged: NYRB

“The Woes of the Wannabe”

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The prospect of publication, the urgent need, as they see it, to publish as soon as possible, colors everything [my students] do….It will be hard for those who have never suffered this obsession to appreciate how all-conditioning and all-consuming it can be. Why are unpublished writers mocked and published writers respected, even by people who […]

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Why We Write About What We Write About

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At the New York Review of Books‘s blog, Tim Parks explores how authors might subconsciously get inspiration for their novels from unresolved personal conflicts. Specifically, he reflects on the lives of Chekhov and Faulkner, making connections between their real-life hardships and the perils confronted by the protagonists in their work. This is congruent to Joan Didion’s thoughts […]

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Cut and Paste with Intention

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However crude, social media today allows us to cut and paste our world into a space (mostly) under our control. Whether we’re posting on Pinterest (an action likened to tearing pages out of a magazine to share with friends), retweeting news updates, or liking songs on Facebook, the internet serves as a new scrapbook of […]

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Morning Coffee

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Big Picture has some great pictures of the Berlin Reunion, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Not to glamorize crime or anything, but this plane stealing kid is pretty awesome. on China’s Hakka “apartments.” Austrian Stelarc is the most terrifying conceptual artist I’ve ever come across. Here are some pictures […]

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The End of News? Another Beginning

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“[The] image of the Internet as parasite has some foundation. Without the vital news-gathering performed by established institutions, many Web sites would sputter and die. “In their sweep and scorn, however, [statements like ‘the parasite is killing the host’] seem as outdated as they are defensive. Over the past few months alone, a remarkable amount […]

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