Ted O’Connell discusses his first book, K: A NOVEL.
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Schultz enables readers to see past their own perspectives and empathize with both the Afghan child and the American war widow. ...more
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Elliot Ackerman discusses his debut novel
Green on Blue, fighting with the Marine Corps in the Second Battle of Fallujah, and being labeled as a journalist . ...more
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Tim O’Brien has a really brilliant article in The Atlantic in which he argues that the biggest problem with “unsuccessful stories” is, to put it quite simply, that “they are boring.” I couldn’t agree more. O’Brien worries about the focus in writing workshops on believability and “verisimilitude.” For him, believability isn’t usually the problem. “The […]