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Short Story Vending Machine Solves All Fiction-On-The-Go Problems

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts

It's a familiar scene: You're waiting for a train, or for a chronically late friend. Bored, you reach for your phone to pull up Twitter -- but you le...

Still-Foreign Correspondent

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 11.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Mainstream media must start figuring out that it makes good business sense to rely on Chicano talent as news anchors, authors, artists, actors and film directors. By going to the source, I assume the representation of Chicano culture would be more honest and accurate than what we often see.

Literary Fiction: Gateway to Reality

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.04.2015 | Books
Andre Averbug

Fiction is an amazingly flexible platform. It develops the reader's capacity to absorb details. It lets us navigate on the most intimate side of things, sharpening our understanding. Diving into particular characters, it makes us humanize the experiences.

17 Short Stories That Will Scare The Pants Off You In No Time

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts

The air is growing crisp, jack-o'-lanterns appearing on doorsteps, huge bags of candy stockpiled in cupboards: Yes, it's nearly Halloween. Maybe all ...

Is Your Short Story Film Worthy? You Never Know!

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Do you ever dream of one day seeing the fictional characters you created being portrayed by real actors on TV or the movie screen? Think it's only a daydream or wishful thinking? Is it possible that it will ever happen? It can, and does, happen.

Short Film, Big Issues -- Up Close With a Social Impact Filmmaker

Alessandro Demaio | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Alessandro Demaio

The world is increasingly noisy with important information. In the wake of the new Sustainable Development Goals and as the world looks to new ways to tackle major collective challenges, I examine the role of film in engaging and inspiring populations.

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!

The Inevitable Barrage: A Conversation With Jesse Eisenberg

Barnes & Noble Review | Posted 09.14.2015 | Books
Barnes & Noble Review

Eisenberg recently took a break from filming a new Woody Allen flick to speak with the Barnes & Noble Review by phone about opening day anxieties, drunk carrier pigeon messages, New York neuroticism, Candy Crush, and skipping the comment section.

Read Two Books and Call Me in the Morning

Mary Kennedy | Posted 09.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mary Kennedy

We all know the drill. If we want to maintain our health, doctors tell us we have to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, get regular exercise ...

Fortune Smiles Down Upon Adam Johnson's Readers

Steven Petite | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

The 2012 release of The Orphan Master's Son, primarily set in North Korea, painted a portrait of an embattled country and its people in such a vivid and insightful manner that it must have been written by an author with ties to the region.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Short Story Temperature

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.06.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

The manuscripts, and finished typescript, for F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1939 short story "Temperature" have rested quietly at Princeton University for many decades.

Jordan Harper's 'Love and Other Wounds' Revitalizes the Modern Short Story

Steven Petite | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Ranging from the first to third person, and even the rarely pulled off properly second person perspective, Harper has emphatically declared his intent of keeping the short story alive in America.

Claire Fallon

This New Book Captures The Struggles And Joys Of The Immigrant Experience | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts

“When his trouble really started, I missed it,” remembers the narrator of “A Contract Overseas,” one of the nine deceptively quiet sto...

Writing Contests: A Cautionary Tale

Warren Adler | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The rise of self-published fiction authors has been spectacular. Unfortunately the glut has made it difficult for them to stand out from the crowd however excellent their writing is.

Why Short Stories Matter Now More Than Ever

Steven Petite | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

If F. Scott Fitzgerald was alive today and writing, his income would be roughly half a million dollars a year. In his prime writing days, Fitzgerald was pulling in well over ten thousand dollars a year on short stories alone.

Maddie Crum

These Terrifying Stories About Small-Town America Will Haunt You | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.09.2015 | Books

The towns in Steven Millhauser’s stories are haunted. The characters -- nearly all of them -- are frenzied. They see phantoms, they fi...

The Art of Being Alive Series: A Millennial Female Shares Her Struggle With a Solution

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 05.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Adedayo Fashanu

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." --Confucius "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase; jus...

Read 12 Amazing Works Of Fiction In Less Than 30 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 03.16.2015 | Books

Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter and a handful of other recently buzzed-about novelists got their literary starts in shorter-form writing. No, not poetry -...

5 Splendid New Short Story Collections

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books

Reading a novel is a commitment. Upon purchase, you enter an agreement with the author: Should sufficient curiosity be instilled by its early pages, y...

Watch Me Go: A Talk With Mark Wisniewski

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Watch Me Go concerns Douglas "Deesh" Sharp, who has managed to stay on the right side of the law by hauling junk for cash. But after he and two friends dispose of a sealed oil drum, Deesh finds himself betrayed, and running from the police.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...

Creating Yourself with Words

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

There's a renegade thrill to Vonnegut's wisdom. Going into the arts as a career can render you into fiscal dreck, but the act of producing art, particularly writing, will endow your interiority with a sense of plenitude, of satisfaction that is hard to replicate.


Toni Volk | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Toni Volk

The night was clear, the air dry, the temperature hot. Except for the distant cries of monkeys, and a rustle of wings that suggested bats nearby, it w...

NaNoWriMo: Writers, Ban 'Birdman' from Your Brain

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

After seeing Birdman I decided every writer should see this movie. That's especially true if you're desperately hammering away at that novel you're trying to finish for National Novel Writing Month.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...