But how does one reconcile the idea of truth-telling with an inability to differentiate between reality and fantasy? I think that question goes to the essence of great fiction and poetry making, and also perhaps to the uncanny power of dreams.
The Twitter Fiction Festival this year opened eyes to some of the literary laughs and spats and sheer innovation we might be missing on Twitter. In that spirit, enjoy this literary Twitter game: just match the 2012 tweet to its author and post your answer in the comments.
It wasn't enough just to have my book "out there." I needed to know that it meant something, that it had a larger purpose than simply entertainment. When you shared that the book had resonated so deeply with you that you'd already read it four times, I cried.
"I want to implore you to remember to dedicate at least as much effort, if not more, to craft than you did before you started taking on so many of the...
It's a common occurrence: We love an author, we've read all her books, we can't wait to hear her read at a local book store. And when we go, the readi...
Even if you couldn't afford to visit another country this holiday season, characters in literature have been crossing national borders for centuries.
With an ever-widening gap between the number of rich and poor that earn bachelor's degrees, dropping out of college often has devastating effects on their lives. ScholarMatch harnesses technology and the community-at-large to make up these shortfalls.
The Intercept reads like a first draft, or as if nobody bothered to edit it carefully, because, well, he's Dick Wolf.
Self-publishing continues its exponential growth. More and more authors are choosing this route for presenting their work to the public. But there is one domain that self-published authors rarely think about: legal issues.
Much larger is the group of authors whose next-best books are nearly as stellar as their top ones. At the risk of sounding obvious, I think there are more authors with several great works in them than there are authors who write only one novel for the ages.
I was at a shiva call eating a bagel with lox, schmoozing with friends and relatives of the deceased. I was positioned between the living and dining rooms of a split-level ranch, feet hurting from standing for so long, when my life as an unpublished author suddenly took a turn.
It used to be that having conversations with readers came after publication. But today a book is the outcome of thought leadership, blogging, and conversational leadership.
When I was 14 years old, my mother told me I would publish books in my lifetime, but I would not be the one to write them. I laughed it off, but nine years later, her prediction has come true.
I came to it in fury and revolt. I wanted to be a salesman like Abe Waitzkin, and I wanted to be Jack Kerouac or Raymond Radiguet. Probably it was the tumult, the tension and war in my home, the beat of the conga drums, the rhythm of Hemingway's sentences that first tempted me.
It's easy to get discouraged in the dating world, especially since when you take your love life digital, a lot of singles get focused on "results." But just because you can quantify your prospects doesn't mean that the experience of finding your "One" is about numbers.
I would love to write a novel. Well, actually, I would love to finish writing a novel.
by Khaled Hosseini
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
by Ramona Ausubel
by Helene Wecker
Published on April 23rd, 2013