When it comes to literature, there are many contrasts -- including "literary" novels vs. mass-market ones, long-ago classics vs. modern fiction and chronological novels vs. non-chronological ones.
Following my passions is how I live my life, but there were times that life challenges interfered, and led me towards activities that did not give me pleasure.
Rami Shamir is the author of Train to Pokipse. A former Zuccotti Park Occupier with Occupy Wall Street, he strives to set an example for a new type of author.
Every now and then you find a book that you have difficulty putting down. Last month, I had that experience with the novel Woman on Top.
Some bloggers contribute to magazines, write books or restaurant guides, teach cooking classes and even become a local authority on food. A few lucky ones are able to get a job in a related field. But the bitter truth is 75% of food bloggers do not make any money from their blogs.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how worthy are thousands of words about literary characters who draw pictures?
Andrew Gross is the best-selling author of many thrillers including The Blue Zone, Eyes Wide Open, Don't Look Twice, 15 Seconds, and his latest novel, No Way Back.
Every writer I know has assembled a collection of quotes from famous authors that inspire their writerly souls. As an author, a conference attendee, and a conference organizer, I've culled plenty of advice over the years. Here are a few of my favorites.
J.K. Rowling tried to go under the radar by using a pen name for The Cuckoo's Calling, but many other great authors spent all or part of their careers involuntarily missing out on the literary cachet and cash they deserved.
I was always aware of Christopher Paul Curtis' books but never realized they were written by my dear friend. These books are so well written and distinct, and they feature African-American children from our town -- Flint, Michigan.
Book clubs are popping up all over the internet as more people become entrenched in their digital lifestyles. As people move their social circles to the web, it makes sense to build literary connections online as well.
There are few things more satisfying than publishing a novel: You get to make things up! You get to put yourself in other people's shoes -- and choo...
So here is my advice to the aspiring writer. Write on dear friends. Share your dreams and aspirations with the like-minded. In the great battle between art and commerce, art always triumphs.
We have traded in the bars and bullfights for university jobs and Netflix. We sink into credit card debt awaiting publication, then find the advance won't cover the monthly interest.
When faced with a blank sheet of paper, ordinary people cringe. When faced with a writing assignment, normal people would rather go to the dentist.
I think writing didn't so much "inform" as "justify" my sense of identity, allowing me to freely indulge in certain antisocial tendencies (introversion, voyeurism, possibly unhealthy love of solitude) already present.
by Daniel Alarcón
by Donna Tartt
by Jennifer DuBois
by Julian Barnes
Published on September 24th, 2013