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Pain: A Gateway to Transcendence

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion
Mario Tenaglia

God is a concept by which we measure our pain. - John Lennon According to Hesiod, an ancient Greek poet who wrote The Theogony aroun...

When Reader Inspires Author

Melody Moezzi | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Melody Moezzi

While the vast majority of the messages I receive from readers are not of this venomous variety, most aren't pure expressions of admiration or gratitude either. At first glance, they may appear to be fan letters, but they aren't -- because they're not from fans.

How To Deal When A Spouse Is Your Complete Opposite

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 09.16.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

You have probably heard of that book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. In my household, it is very likely that my husband and I come from different planets, because we have discovered that our brains are wired very differently.

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1

Dan Miles | Posted 09.18.2014 | Arts
Dan Miles

Writers live a solitary existence, much like a tiger, but at least tigers get to meet other tigers during mating season.

Herta Müller: Putin Makes Me Sick

Louisiana Channel | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"It's outrageous and it's far worse than what we had in our dictatorships back then," says German writer Herta Müller about Vladimir Putin and Russia's interference in Ukraine.

Salman Rushdie: A Chance of Lasting

Louisiana Channel | Posted 09.15.2014 | Books
Louisiana Channel

"I feel very proud to be part of this resistance," says the acclaimed British writer Salman Rushdie reflecting on his book The Satanic Verses and the years of the fatwa. "Today people are much weaker. I wonder if such an act of collective solidarity would ever happen again."

Light and Shade: Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th

Lauren Daley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
Lauren Daley

I'm a newspaper book columnist -- was an English major! -- and yet shamefully realized last summer at age 31 that'd I'd never read "Anna Karenina."

Grrl's Guide to Filmmaking: Faith Soloway (Transparent)

Rolla Selbak | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Rolla Selbak

In the premiere episode of a fresh new docuseries featuring women filmmakers, Faith Soloway invites me onto the Paramount lot to talk about what it's like writing on the breakthrough Amazon series.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

20 Reasons Why You Should Major in Journalism

College Magazine | Posted 09.03.2014 | College
College Magazine

Journalism will never die as long as the world has news to report and requires someone to report it. For those of you who have doubts about thrusting yourself into the wild and wonderful world of journalism, look no further to end your questioning.

Writers Block: The End of Summer Excuses

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

I put aside time this summer to write my book. I had a house on the beach in Rhode Island, and a firm commitment to finish by the end of August.

Q&A With Author Darcie Chan

Heather Hummel | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

Set in the fictional sleepy town of Mill River, Vermont both novels portray the deep complexities of its small town characters and their bigger than life problems.

Salman Rushdie: A Line Had to Be Defended

Louisiana Channel | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"It wasn't only about me. It was a moment, when a line had to held when you could not conceive the fight", says the author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rusdie, in this outtake from a longer interview about his life and work.

The Republic of Writers

John Feffer | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungarian writer Katalin Mezey and I talked about her memories of 1956, her trade union activities, and how the republic of writers has dealt with the issue of collaboration during the Communist years.

A Recipe for Love: Renee Swindle's New Novel

Elan Barnehama | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

In Renee Swindle's breezy third novel, A Pinch of Oooh La La narrator Abbey Lincoln Ross, discovers that her artist boyfriend is having multiple affairs while watching a documentary about him at a film festival.

15 Writing Quotes to Challenge and Inspire

Karen Dionne | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

Many writers would drool at the idea of spending a week at a writers retreat on a private Bahamian island, but not every writer is in a position to invest the time and money to attend.

13 Rules for Deciding What Number to Use in the Title of Your Online Article

Siobhan Adcock | Posted 08.19.2014 | Comedy
Siobhan Adcock

Despite being reasonably informed and clickbait-proof consumers of digital media, smart people have clicked on all of these links.

Advice to Authors on Characters

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

We want authors to write characters who take us on a journey and present us with questions that challenge our own beliefs and perceptions. And we as writers want to write the next Willy Loman, or even Harry Potter.

Does Everybody Have a Book in Them?

Dianne Collins | Posted 08.15.2014 | Books
Dianne Collins

So if you, too, are thinking of writing a book, ask yourself: Who will want to read it? What is my art form? How can I better hone the craft of writing? What will be the value of it to our culture?

If Only I Could Find the Time to Write

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If you want to be an actual writer that puts words down on the page, you may need to change how you look writing and make choices to do it. It isn't the forces of the world that conspire against your time for writing -- it's your own way of approaching the world.

Where Did The Good 'Ole Family Sitcom Go? Mr. Drummond, Mrs. Huxtable, I Miss You!

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 08.07.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

The definition of "family sitcom" is not what it was back in the '80s or even the '90s. Nowadays, family shows are more geared towards tweens and teens.

Holding Down the Cat: Friends Before Facebook

Sarah Key | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Key

I followed my musings about old-fashioned friendship and fell under her spell again. She couldn't do it by herself. Ramona's big fierce-looking bobca...

Five Brilliant Actors Who Are Also Brilliant Writers

Meira Bienstock | Posted 08.07.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

As actors use their imagination to create a fictional life the audience will believe, it is not surprising that many actors branch out into the field of writing. As actors know, writing is a craft just like acting, and therefore must be honed on a daily basis.

10 Things White Privilege Has Done for Me in 10 Days

Olivia Cole | Posted 08.07.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

I have been actively monitoring my daily life and watching the ways in which that privilege has benefited me when it comes to the blogging and writing that I do. So here it is, 10 ways in 10 days.

Apocryphal: An Interview With Lisa Marie Basile

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Amelia Shroyer

Lisa Marie Basile has to be one of the most hard-working writers I know. She is the author of chapbooks Andalucia, triste and war/lock, and is the Founding Editor of Luna Luna Magazine.