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Sarah Stodola
Sarah Stodola is the author of Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors and Editorial Director of

Entries by Sarah Stodola

Five Abandoned Beach Resorts and Their Fascinating Remains

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 3:54 PM

It's a spine-tingling thing to see things that were once coveted fall into decay. That sentiment guided my interest in researching the glamorous beach resorts of times past, places that were once in history the apex of life for those fortunate enough to visit them, but ended up abandoned, seaside...

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On a Sunday Night in the Hamptons

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 10:54 AM


The two lane road, even heading in on a Sunday, can't help but get backed up with traffic that slows to a crawl. In a way I don't understand, this is part of the allure of the east end of Long Island for...

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How to Choose a Ride-Hailing App in New York City

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 12:30 AM


Navigating New York City has become a different beast in recent years--with the advent of Citibikes and Uber, all of a sudden options for getting from point A to point B have multiplied, especially in the outer boroughs.

And then, of course, Uber...

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Making Peace With My 20 Years of Souvenirs

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 12:04 AM


Quite some time ago, having just turned 21, I traveled with my dad to Tanzania, where he'd once lived. It was the first trip of my life that could reasonably qualify as exotic, even with my father leading the way. After a layover,...

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How Hemingway Learned to Write From Cezanne's Paintings

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 8:27 PM


Perhaps no other American author has had his writing style more widely examined, more often imitated, and more intensively deconstructed than Ernest Hemingway. No one seems able to get their head around the intricacy he brings about via such simplicity. Hemingway used only...

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The Best Public Art in the World to See Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 4:30 PM


Public art can be tricky business. In the wrong hands, it becomes just another part of the corporate milieu, or succumbs to heavy-handed propaganda. But done right, it adds something memorable to the city- or landscape in which it resides. It informs, inspires,...

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5 Countries That Do Breakfast Right

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 9:09 AM


They say it's the most important meal of the day. It also happens to be my favorite meal of the day, and one I'd gladly trade lunch or dinner for. When traveling, there's nothing I love more than to linger over a well-done...

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Temples of Finance: 6 Historical Sites That Made the World Go 'Round

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 11:43 PM


Contracts, borrowing, debt, business practices. These may not typically be words we care to ponder while traveling, but over the course of history they are just the things that helped forge some of the world's most fascinating places. From an early European mint...

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The Balenciaga Museum and Fashion as Art

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 4:39 PM

Fifteen miles west of San Sebastian along the coast of northern Spain's Basque region sits a small fishing village called Getaria. When it is known, it's for a couple of things: its Txakoli, a lightly sparkling white wine unique to the region and served in the charming seafood restaurants to...

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4 Can't-Miss Mexico City Museums

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 11:27 PM

Of the many things that struck me during a recent visit to Mexico City--the food, the traffic, the way art is woven so intricately into the city's fabric--nothing made more of an impression than the museums. There are a staggering number of...
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8 Great NYC Literary Haunts (That Aren't the Algonquin or White Horse Tavern)

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 7:13 AM


As followers in the footsteps of New York City's long list of boozy writers, we've been resting on our Algonquin and White Horse laurels for way too long. Those two bars barely scratch the surface of their particular genre, and yet they've assumed...

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6 Great Global Cities Made Affordable by the Strong Dollar

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 5:33 PM


In global terms, it's a great time to be carrying greenbacks. The US dollar's strength against the euro has been on American travelers' radar for some time now, and they've been scooping up economical visits to Europe's great cosmopolitan centers like Paris and...

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This Museum Is Tailor-Made for the Instagram Generation

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 11:25 AM


Getting into the newly opened Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles takes some forethought, something I discovered almost too late during a weeklong trip to Los Angeles this September. The free advance timed tickets available via the website were long since fully booked...

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A Visit to LA's Frogtown Neighborhood on the Cusp of Its Gentrification

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The Spoke Bicycle Cafe sits on the last lot of the last block of a dead-end Los Angeles street. It can be remarkably sunny here, in a way that makes your eyes hurt. The street stops at a chain-link fence, bringing what little...

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Spain's Drink of Summer Isn't Sangria... It's This, and It's Glorious

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 2:38 PM


The scene was: My mother and I, sitting at an outdoor café in Seville, taking a breather from a late morning of wandering that had bled into the noon hour on a blistering September day. Yes we did want something refreshing and boozy,...

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Saturini: From Hinterland to Hordes in the Greek Isles

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 12:38 PM


Arriving by boat to Santorini, the theatrical C-shaped island in Greece's Aegean Sea, means first entering the strange purgatory of the port, which of course sits at sea level, 1,200 feet below the villages atop the cliffs that everyone is here to see....

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The 2 Kinds of Morning Writer

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:16 PM

While researching my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, one of the most important habits I gauged was the time of day that successful authors get their writing done. Not surprisingly, more writers I studied do their best work in the morning than at any other...

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San Sebastian's Hotel Maria Cristina: Movie Stars, and Feeling Like One

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 1:56 PM


The first time I went to Spain's famed coastal town of San Sebastian, I arrived via train, having traveled down from Amsterdam with two Scottish fellas I'd met in a youth hostel there and whom I could understand some of the time. We...

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Invented Gatsby in This House

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 10:46 AM

It's become somewhat of a national pastime to recreate the milieu of F. Scott Fitzgerald, especially in the summer months, when flapper dresses and resurrected cocktails are easiest to flaunt. And so, I know I am not alone when I repeatedly fall...
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How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Novels

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 4:56 PM

While working on my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, I found that even for the best writers in the world, getting started can be the hardest part. Here's how 5 great authors found what they needed to get going on their very first novels...


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