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A Mother Like No Other

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.07.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

If you think your mother is tough, now's the time to read Mommy Dressing. Louis Gould's mother was a famous fashion designer. "Don't perspire in this dress," she warned. "I never perspire. Why must you?"

The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs (2011-2012)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

The twenty-five programs listed here fully fund a sizable percentage of incoming students, yet still receive less attention from applicants than they deserve.

Trapped in Classroom Hell?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.15.2011 | College
Lev Raphael

Professor X, who's taught at college level for a decade, is passionately depressing about his students' deficiencies and the problems of a culture that pushes people to college when they shouldn't be there.

My Lousy Luck With Literary Agents

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.22.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I started my career at a time when the conventional wisdom was that you couldn't even have a career without an agent. But experience has proven something different.

Is It Time to Throw Out Your Books?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Soon after Amazon announced it was selling 143 ebooks for every 100 hardcovers, a writer friend with a new iPad told me she had gotten rid of five shelves of books.

Should Authors Avoid Bookstores?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

When it comes to promotion, it's not enough to have crafted a great book. You need to figure out what your target audiences might be, where to find them, and how to reach them.

Thoughts on Crafting the Unbreakable Writer

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

The path to publication can be a gauntlet beset with trials that test a writer's endurance. By sharing my journey I hope to inspire other writers to stay the course.

Love, Loss, and Mystery in Caroline Leavitt's New Novel, Pictures of You

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Caroline Leavitt's ninth novel, Pictures of You (Algonquin Books), drew me into the fractured and lonely lives of two strong women who are about to co...

The Top 10 Creative Writing MFA Program Websites

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

Ever since novelist Tom Kealey advised MFA applicants to consider a program's online promotional materials, young writers have been comparing notes about which program websites measure up.

My First Love Was a Library

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.12.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I fell in love with our local library in first grade. It was a gorgeous building designed by McKim, Mead and White. I didn't know its history until recently. What I did know was that I felt excited,

Six More Myths About the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

In an earlier article, six myths about the creative writing Master of Fine Arts were busted. Here, six more go under the ax.

7 Best Small Press Books of the Decade

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Independent presses have been putting out books every bit as good as those published by New York's major houses. They typically don't get the same media attention or space in bookstores, so here are some of the best small press books of the decade.

Fake Memoirs? Vampires? eBooks?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The story of the decade (2001- 2010) in books has got to be a whopper. In the last 10 years we've seen blockbuster franchises like Twilight and Harry ...

Does George W. Bush Love Books?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

The press surrounding George Bush's memoir reminded me of Karl Rove's claim from a few years ago that the two of them had a "book competition" for three years. Did Bush really have time to read?

Taking Another Look at LBJ and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven M. Gillon

History has not been fair to LBJ. As we approach another anniversary of that fateful day in Dallas, it's time to set the record straight on the role that Lyndon Johnson played in the critical 24 hours after JFK's assassination.

Foreign Language, Foreign Land: Reading My Book in a New Language

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.04.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I'm just back from a book tour of over two weeks in Germany where I did something I never dreamed of doing: I read from my new memoir in German.

Halloween Books

Peter Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Steinberg

If you're in the mood to turn out the lights and hide from the trick-or-treaters, then I recommend breaking out a flashlight and reading one of these 6 Halloween-themed mystery novels.

An Interview With Novelist Joseph Skibell

Benyamin Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Benyamin Cohen

The Jew is a figure that's not quite home in this world. Skibell is interested in that tension, in the tension between a sense of absolute meaning and the day-to-day reality of life on this earth.

Don't Be an Amateur: 5 Ways Authors Can Be Better Performers

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Here are five things authors should do to become skilled at this very demanding and essential side of the profession.

The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs (2010-2011)

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

These programs fully fund 70% or more of students, yet receive less attention from applicants than they deserve.

Arianna Answers Questions At A HuffPost Meetup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A few weeks ago, we asked readers to meet up with people near them on October 6th to talk about Arianna's new book, Third World America. Tonight, Aria...

The Story Behind Tony Curtis' Sweet Smell of Success

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Even before he died last week, any mention of Tony Curtis made most people think of Billy Wilder's classic Some Like it Hot. But for me, it was and will always be Sweet Smell of Success.

More Palin Lies: The Trooper in 'Troopergate' Breaks His Silence

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

The Alaska State Trooper at the center of Sarah Palin's so-called "Troopergate Scandal" has broken his more than year-long silence since his embattled divorce with Palin's sister.

Friends, Monsters, Lovers: Bringing Mary Shelley Out of the Shadows

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Out of the Shadows (NAL Trade, 2010) is my friend and colleague Joanne Rendell's third novel. Each of her books is beautifully written; their stories ...

Who Says Jane Austen Was a Popular Novelist?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Given Jane Austen's ubiquity, and the fact that anything with her name on it will sell, you might think she's always been a sensation. But you'd be wrong.