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The Book Tour Chronicle: Stuck in Dayton on the Day That Would Never End

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Lots of people wonder what it's like to be on book tour. The glamor, the glory, the groupies. So I thought I'd document what life is like on the roa...

A Moment to Appreciate

Amy Chan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy Chan

All you know for sure in life is the moment right in front of you.

Age: 66, Jobs: 2, Plan to Quit/Retire? Never

Haggai Carmon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Haggai Carmon

At the age of 66, I now have two jobs. I'm a trial lawyer, mostly for the U.S. government's civil litigation cases in Israel, and a writer of intelligence.

Is The Internet A Detriment To Writers?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Rick Moody, author of "The Ice Storm" and other literary works with a strong cult following, claims that old fashioned paper books and the internet "s...

Salinger's Toliet For Sale:

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's a hard-to-believe EBay listing: a toilet "PERSONALLY OWNED & USED" by J.D. Salinger. ...

French Contemporary Artist and Legend CharlElie Couture in New York City

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

We first met French Contemporary Artist CharlElie Couture at the French Embassy in New York for the Wynton Marsalis ceremony in the fall of 2009. He ...

'Hitch-22': 6 Juicy Celebrity Bites From Christopher Hitchens's New Memoir (PHOTOS, POLL)

Huffington Post | Gideon Pine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In recent years, Christopher Hitchens's personality has almost always overshadowed his prose. So, it seems fitting that the 61-year-old rhetorical pug...

I Love Being a Writer -- Except for the Writing

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

It's no secret that when it comes to sitting down to actually doing the writing, we writers excel at procrastination. If, anywhere within a five mil...

An Author's Love Letter To Selma's Book Group

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 12.09.2011 | Books
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Dear Cousin Sel, It was so much fun chatting with your fourth-Thursday-of the-month book group over the squawk box last week. Every author is thri...

10 Books 10 Countries: The Best Translated Books of 2009

David Del Vecchio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Del Vecchio

Here in the United States, we seem to be conversing mostly with ourselves, with only 3 percent of what's published coming from other languages and cultures. Americans are missing out on a lot.

"Zezima the Geek"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

As the very model of the modern middle-aged man, I can say with great certainty and no small amount of confusion that when it comes to modern technol...

Neil Gaiman: Literary Rock Star and Me

Jeffrey Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeffrey Berman

Instead of wasting time heaping praise upon the literary world's first iconic "rock star," I'll simply recount my two encounters with the widely read author and then I'll let Neil Gaiman speak for himself.

Declaring Your Artistic Self

Tamsin Rothschild | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamsin Rothschild

I believe we are all artists. I cringe and want to shake people when I hear them lament: "I am not creative", "I do not have a creative bone in my body." This is so desperately untrue.

Talk to Me

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wednesday Martin

Selling a book, to me at least, feels an awful lot like flirting, and also kind of hand-holding, and also like being in an very committed relationship with many, many people at once.

Malcolm Gladwell's "What The Dog Saw"

The New York Times | STEVEN PINKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Fortunately for "What the Dog Saw," the essay format is a better showcase for Gladwell's talents, because the constraints of length and editors yield ...

Ex Libris/Expatriate

Erin Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Erin Moore

An American editor living in London writes about the best places for book lovers abroad.

Writer/Concierge: More Adventures of a Non-Bestselling Author

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wednesday Martin

The good news is that in addition to being an extremely non-bestselling author, I am also a concierge. The bad news is that I'm not very good at it.

Peg Mullen Dead, Author Of Unfriendly Fire

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa — Peg Mullen, an author and former Iowa farm wife who hounded the U.S. military to find the truth about her son's death in V...

It's Christmas: Don't Get an MFA -- Write a Story, Win a Prize

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

Plenty of writers proceed without courses, without MFAs. They read voraciously, and learn about writing from reading, the way we learned to write before there were courses in it.

I'm Not Happy to Serve You: Authors and the New Publishing by Consensus

Wednesday Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Wednesday Martin

I didn't become a writer so that I could be a market researcher who tailors my thinking and writing to the interests of the people who made fun of me in high school.

Malcolm Gladwell and the Case For Endless Self-Googling

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Quigg

I piled cringe upon cringe Friday -- first because I read Steven Pinker's vivisection of Malcolm Gladwell's new collection, second because of what I found when I Googled a flub Pinker wielded against Gladwell.

Writer Liu Xiaobo Release from China Demanded By Congress

PEN American Center | Larry Siems | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

New York City, October 2, 2009--Calling yesterday's near-unanimous vote approving a Congressional resolution demanding the immediate release of critic...

Genius: a Talk With Edwidge Danticat

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martha St Jean

"When [my first novel] was just published, people walked up to me and told me that someone who worked at their house is Haitian," Danticat said. "Now there are a number of people telling me that their doctor is Haitian."

Dan Brown, Annoying Facebook Friend

Sarah Schmelling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sarah Schmelling

Recent updates from the Facebook profile page of Dan Brown, author of The Lost Symbol.

Life As An Artist

Wallace Shawn | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Wallace Shawn

I've always somewhat hated being "me" and only me. I wrote my first play at the age of 10, 55 years ago, and I've always found it a fantastic relief to imagine I know what things would be like from other points of view.