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

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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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Writers and War: Does Phil Klay's Redeployment Signify a Cultural Shift?

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 8:39 AM


In his celebrated recent book of short stories, Redeployment, Phil Klay takes the imbroglio that was the Iraq War and turns it into the pulsing sum of very individual experiences. His characters do not necessarily understand the entirety of the situation any better...

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Spotlight on Austin's Noah Marion Quality Goods

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 11:00 PM


It makes for a dramatic entrance, stepping off Austin's South Lamar Boulevard into Noah Marion's combination shop, cafe and studio. To the left is a long counter, above which a neon sign beckons visitors to "Live Well." Marion himself is sure to be...

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Brooklyn Magazine's Margaret Eby on Her Go-To Spots in Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:34 AM


When Margaret Eby moved from her native Alabama to New York City, like many college freshman before her, she found that her first New York experience revolved around Manhattan. A few years later, like many freshly minted grads, she found her horizons quickly...

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Drink More Good's Root Beer Syrup: See How It's Done

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 3:47 PM


How's this for burning the midnight oil: Two nights a week at around nine in the evening, Jason Schuler heads over to the commercial kitchen in downtown Beacon, NY where he creates his Drink More Good line of artisanal soda syrups (and where...

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The 10 Best New Brooklyn Shops of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 8:38 AM


The retail conversation out of Brooklyn this year all too often centered on chain stores as Madewell, Urban Outfitters and other well-known names opened their first locations here. But a stroll through any number of Brooklyn neighborhoods quickly confirms that the borough remains...

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A Stroll Down Hudson, NY's Warren Street

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:16 PM


Perched along the river of the same name, Hudson, New York was once the 24th largest city in the United States, an important trading post and site of Martin Van Buren's first law practice. That early prominence helped its mile-long main thoroughfare, Warren...

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A Stroll Down Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:45 AM


Just five years ago, Franklin Avenue was an overlooked thoroughfare in an overlooked neighborhood. That changed as the racial tensions that scarred the area in the early 1990s receded into history, giving way to a growing cadre of destination-worthy restaurants and pioneering shops....

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10 Brooklyn Jewelry Designers With Their Own Shops

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 2:54 PM


Brooklyn jewelry designers have emerged over the past decade or so with a distinct philosophy, fusing the concepts of high-end luxury with low-key presentation. They've also shown a gutsy independent streak, which may go a long way in explaining why so many of...

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7 Great Brooklyn General Stores

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 11:43 AM


The general store, a once-central crutch of American life more recently relegated to pit-stop status on country weekend getaways, is having a serious comeback. Around Brooklyn in particular, general stores are curating inventories of well-made small-batch goods, where you're guaranteed to find something...

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A Stroll Down Fort Greene's Dekalb Avenue

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:43 AM


Fort Greene's Dekalb Avenue has always maintained a dual personality: a bustling commercial strip on one hand; far enough off the beaten path (aka a subway line) to feel remote, on the other. In recent years, the street's restaurants-pioneered by Madiba...

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Lucky Magazine's Verena Von Pfetten on Her Favorite Spots in Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 8:47 AM


Verena Von Pfetten's love affair with Brooklyn started with a restaurant. The Lucky Executive Digital Editor moved to Manhattan for college at Columbia in 2001 and after graduation didn't consider leaving the borough in the center of it all. She was still living...

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Travel Guide: The Art and Design (and Food and Drink) of Marfa, Texas

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:01 PM


Before minimalist artist Donald Judd arrived in the early 1970s, Marfa was a floundering former railroad stopover in the remote West Texas desert. He gave the town its first dose of creative vigor, and in his wake a growing handful of artists and...

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Buck Johnston and Camp Bosworth, Owners of the Wrong Store in Marfa, Texas

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:15 PM


Buck Johnston and Camp Bosworth never planned to move to Marfa. And they never imagined that once they did, they'd end up owning a shop together. They didn't come into it with any preconceived notions of what a shop should be--she's a graphic...

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The White Moustache: Best Yogurt Ever?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:27 AM


Grumblings of praise about The White Moustache yogurt have been reaching us for some time now. Made in Brooklyn by a father-daughter team using the family's longstanding Persian techniques (the brand is named after the father's signature facial hair), The White Moustache comes...

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