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So You Want to Be a Famous Self-Published Author?

"It's so easy to become an author of novels. Others have done it, why not me?" Authordom In writing a novel, all you have to do is follow the formula. Classes abound that teach the formulas. Hell, you probably believe you can imagine and create stories as good as any of them. Show More Summary

Obama on ‘Redeployment’

Recommended recommendations: President Obama recommends Year in Reading alum and National Book Award Winner Phil Klay‘s Redeployment.

Keeping it Fresh

How does a writer keep their work fresh? What’s the goal of a successful artist? What is it like to adapt someone else’s writing for the screen? The Atlantic interviews Nick Hornby about his latest book, Funny Girl, and these are some of the questions that come up. Pair with this Millions review of Hornby’s A […]

How To: Write Difference

“Writing difference is a challenge, particularly in fiction. How do men write women and vice versa? How do writers of one race or ethnicity write about people of another race or ethnicity? More important, how do writers tackle difference...Show More Summary

The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Chloe Caldwell

Chloe Caldwell talks about her new novella Women, gender nectar, break-up grief, and her impatience with analyzing the fiction/nonfiction divide.

Hide Your Wallet: February’s New Releases

For being the shortest month of the year, February certainly has some amazing books coming out! Once Upon a Rose Author: Laura Florand Released: 1/26 by Laura Florand Genre: Contemporary romance Series: La Vie en Roses #1 Summary: She stole his roses. Show More Summary

SBTB/DA Bestsellers: 20-27 January 2015

This week’s bestsellers list is brought to you by large glasses of wine and excellent books to read, some of which are still on sale!

The Urban Slang Words That Drive Me Absolutely Cray Cray

Whenever I hear the term "epic fail" I think of how much I dislike urban slang, even though I use it more than I'd like to admit. When someone says "epic fail" I think of a disaster of...well...epic proportions. Major stuff...nuclear accidents, plague, locusts, stuff like that. Show More Summary

"How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits" by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas

272 pages Published by Doubleday How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are is a little guidebook - not to the sites of Paris--but rather, with a wink and a nod and la bise, to the interiors of a modern chic Parisian woman's sophisticated pysche. Show More Summary

A Sunny Place with Adequate Water by Mary Biddinger

Danielle Susi reviews Mary Biddinger's A Sunny Place with Adequate Water today in Rumpus Poetry.

10 Great Word Ways to Love Mom on Valentine's Day

Photo by Yuri Levchenko, Creative Commons, via Flickr. My mother wasn't perfect (shhh, don't tell her I said that), but she did her best to love my sister and me. Part of that love meant she read poetry to us, every day before we got on the school bus. Show More Summary

Dictionary Panics

Recommended reading: on dictionary-related panics from The New Yorker. Pair with our own Bill Morris‘s Millions essay “Prescriptivists vs. Descriptivists: The Fifth Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary.”

What Scares You

“If what you’re writing doesn’t scare you, you probably ought not be writing it.” The Rumpus interviews Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea. 

Unavoidable Anachronism

What can we learn from anachronisms? That mistakes are “ultimately unavoidable – the best you can hope for is to keep them to a minimum and noticeable only by a tiny coterie of demanding experts” – and that if those mistakes are big enough, they can eventually turn into “enduring ideological constructs.”

Like a Child

‘The 4½-foot tall poststructuralist philosopher I live with demonstrates a radical mode of viewership daily. Because of her, and with her, I am able—by moments—to move out of my own natural larval state and experience movies not just as deliverers of entertainment, conveyors of meaning, or objects of aesthetic contemplation, but as pure fields of […]

The Book Report: Episode 8: ‘The Mad and the Bad’ by Jean-Patrick Manchette

This week, we beg American publishers to bring more violent nihilism to the literary scene.

Wardrobe A-Z

No idea what to wear to your next reading? Need to know the best sock pattern to wear while discussing magical realism? Want to coordinate your nail polish to your Amazon ranking? Buzzfeed’s here to help with this “Illustrated A-Z Guide to Author Wardrobe Staples.”


“I do not find it unusual that many writers I know acquire vintage clothes, buy old homes, and rescue animals. For one, we don’t have Wall Street salaries, and secondly, we’re suckers for backstory, particularly that which is left to the imagination. Our job, after all, is to make up lives, engage in epic games […]


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