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Empowered by Embarrassment: The Value of Adding Humor to Your Manuscript

You know those times when you wish you were completely alone? Not because you wish for peace and quiet, but because you hate the fact that others witnessed what just happened to you? I’m talking about those embarrassing moments, theShow More Summary

How To Write A Novel With The Snowflake Method With Randy Ingermanson

If you write fiction, or you want to, sorting out your writing process for a book is a core task. Are you a pantser? Are you a plotter? Or perhaps, you might be a Snowflaker … Today I talk to Randy Ingermanson about his book, How to write a novel using the snowflake method, and […]

Return to Waterloo

Ray Davies’s “Waterloo Sunset” is one of the loveliest songs in rock. A light-handed paean to the pleasures of solitude, distance, and that spiritual equanimity the Greeks called apatheia, it turns a public form—the evergreen pop superhit—into a private, almost diaristic occasion that makes listening feel like a transgressive listening-in. Show More Summary

Self-Publishing And The Bookstrapper’s Guide To Book Marketing With Tucker Max. Podcast Episode 193

When an author and entrepreneur who has sold over 3 million books puts out a book on marketing, you know you have to learn more! Tucker Max on the show today. In the intro, I talk about the introduction of pre-orders for indie authors on Amazon KDP, already available on iBooks and Kobo. I’ve used […]

There is No Horse & Cart. On Finding Success as a Writer.

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Before we get to today’s post, I wanted to make you aware of an offer by a group called Writer Mamas. These women are trying to raise funds so that several WU community members can attend the Writer Unboxed Un-Conference in November....Show More Summary

Keep It In Line

A few weeks back on YouTube, I came across a video Guided By Voices made for one of their recent singles. In it, a magician sits in front of a dressing room mirror before a performance, practicing his tricks for the imminent show. The song’s lyrics, repeated three times in a kind of cryptic Greek [...]

Less IMDb gets unbroken

Less IMDb, our browser extension for de-cluttering IMDb pages, recently broke. Version 1.3.1 restores the magic.

Texting in film and television

Craig and I may have taken umbrage at his video about comedy directors who aren’t Edgar Wright, but Tony Zhou’s newest video looking at how filmmakers handle texting and the internet on-screen is all good. Zhou’s underlying point is that we still haven’t settled on conventions for showing texting or the internet. And that’s good! […]

Classic Breakup

Why do bands break up? Why is the breakup (and inevitable reunion) such a durable pop trope? Is it part of the essential disposability of culture under capitalism? That groups should fade, creating the illusion of movement and renewal, while the system that produces them grinds on more or less unchanged? Or is there something [...]

Keep It In Motion

A few weeks back on YouTube, I came across a video Guided By Voices made for one of their recent singles. In it, a magician (played by comedian John Glaser) sits in front of a dressing room mirror before a performance, practicing his tricks for the imminent show. You don’t get the idea he’s an [...]

English Intelligence on Chinese National Television

Thanks to a chirp from Kaplan Harris, we’ve been alerted to this video of Jeremy Prynne reading “under volumetric lighting on Chinese National Television (Beijing, July 2014),” uploaded by Justin Katko. What’s Prynne reading there? Why, it’s Walter de la Mare’s most known poem, “The Listeners.” Give it a good 3:16 below. Aaaaaand: Happy Monday!

Nominal Doppelgängers

2 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Photo credit: Torbus (Flickr CC) Today’s guest is Elizabeth Silver, author of The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, Amazon Best Debut of the Month, a Kirkus Best Book of the Summer, Kansas City Star Best...Show More Summary

The Tyranny of Motive

2 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Desperation by Josh Sommers The legendary coach Vince Lombardi used to greet his players at training camp by saying: “Within every man there is a burning flame of desperation. That is why you are here.” I would include women in that, of course, and wouldn’t restrict the application to football. Show More Summary

Writing Fiction. Improve Your Dialogue With James Scott Bell. Podcast Episode 190

When I started writing fiction, I found dialogue to be one of the hardest things to write. It’s rarely used outside of a fiction context, and I spent a lot of time learning all about it. I still do! Today I’m thrilled to be discussing how to improve dialogue with James Scott Bell. This podcast […]

Jack White’s Third Man Records Launches Third Man Books! Debut Collection Includes Richard Hell, C.D. Wright, Sampson Starkweather, Sommer Browning +++

Ha, SPIN knows how to throw a first sentence: “Continuing his love for all things old-timey, Jack White has announced the creation of a new publishing company.” Hank Williams even wrote a song about it? Rolling Stone also has a piece on Third Man Books–the new publishing wing of White’s Nashville-based Third Man Records–which will [...]

Best Showplace for Chicago Artists? Right Here!

We were honored to learn that Chicago magazine awarded us “The Best Showplace for Chicago Artists” in their 2014 Best of Chicago issue.  We want to take this opportunity to highlight and thank the wonderful artists we’ve featured over the past several months. We’re glad that Chicago magazine noted how often hometown artists appear on [...]

MCA Chicago’s Word Weekend and Harriet Present a Performance by Cassandra Troyan and Johannes Göransson

Hey Chicago, what are you doing this weekend? Of course you’re stopping by the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Word Weekend. In case you haven’t heard what it’s about, it’s this: MCA Chicago presents Word Weekend, an event that showcases Chicago’s active and diverse communities of authors, hip-hop artists, spoken-word poets, songwriters, and visual artists who [...]

Scriptnotes, Ep 153: Selling without selling out — Transcript

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Hello. My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Scriptnotes. It’s a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. So, Craig, last night at 1:30 in the morning my […]

Why Writers Are More Powerful Than The Supreme Court

2 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

photo by Rob Chandanais These days it often feels as if we have very little power to change things. After all, how can one actual flesh and blood-type person make a difference in the world if the Supreme Court says that corporations,...Show More Summary

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