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  1. Acknowledgments

    “I still look towards the horizon. I remain restless. I continue to feel that there is something underneath me that defines me more than what I have done.” The author at Flowers for a Lab Mouse reflects on big writing projects as milestones, but not necessarily things that are life-defining.

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  2. Ann Patchett on Philip Roth

    On Philip Roth’s death: “Now Roth has made the same mistake. He’s no longer here to represent his body of work. It’s up to us to keep reading the books. They are not of this time. They will offend a lot of people. They are some of the very best books I have ever known.”

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  3. How Do Poets Choose A Collection Opener?

    At the Chicago Review of Books, Sarah Blake asked four poets to share their thoughts on opening poems, all of whom have prologue-poems in their new books.

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  4. An Interview with “Furnishing Eternity” Author David Giffels

    “It’s easier to regain the immediacy of something that’s in the near distant past than it is to step away from the immediacy of something ongoing.” Rebecca Moon Ruark chats with David Giffels on memoir writing, journaling, loss, and how he enlisted his dad to help him build his own casket.

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  5. Mansi Choksi

    Mansi Choksi is a journalist based in New York. She writes about gender, politics, crime, identity, pop-culture and the distribution of opportunity.

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  6. All My Stories Are Political. I Checked.

    Phenderson Djèlí Clark on getting political in sci-fi/fantasy: “It informs my writing. It informs my characters. It informs my imagination. It informs my very reason for creating. I guess I’ve always known I was a political writer of SFF. Because there are no ‘non-sci-fi/fantasy issues.’”

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  7. A Writing Update for 2018

    Anna Shinoda puts a monster manuscript to rest amid a time of grief. “Writing has returned to being an emotional outlet for me. . . . My thoughts come out in small bursts. Emotions and words that are swirling find a better place on paper than circulating in my head.”

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  8. Writer Resolutions For The New Year (And How You Can Achieve Them)

    K.M. Allan offers other aspiring authors tips for sustainable writing resolutions to keep in 2018 and beyond, from celebrating success to building healthy habits.

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  9. Should You Write Every Day? A Close Look at the Oldest Piece of Writing Advice

    Nathaniel Tower is a writer with a family and a full-time job — and his position on whether or not a daily writing habit is crucial has become more nuanced over time.

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  10. Longreads Best of 2017: All of Our No. 1 Story Picks

    Looking for some good reading during the holiday season? Here’s every story that was chosen as number one in Longreads’ Weekly Top 5 email.

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  11. Finding My Way into a New Form: An Interview with Teju Cole

    Teju Cole chats with Steve Paulson about the beauty of sentence fragments and his meditative approach to combining text and photography in his book, Blind Spot.

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  12. A Selection of Virginia Woolf’s Most Savage Insults

    If the latest celebrity and/or presidential Twitter feud left you uninspired, Emily Temple at Literary Hub is here for the rescue with some of Virginia Woolf’s harshest, wittiest takedowns.

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  13. Know Your Audience

    “I became aware of this phenomenon—people believing fiction is true—some years before this mass delusion about a popular novel swept the nation.” At The Mendocino Humanist, Todd Walton recounts his experiences with audiences who assume his stories are autobiographical.

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  14. “Vibrator Nation” by Lynn Comella

    A Q&A with the Vibrator Nation author: “They led with sex education not titillation, and worked to advance a social mission that included putting a vibrator on the bedside table of every woman, everywhere, because they believed that access to accurate sexual information and quality products had the potential to make everyone’s lives better.”

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  15. A Very Awkward Breakup

    “My mind was spinning. Love with a Chance of Drowning was due to publish in three months time but the love itself was drowning.” Torre DeRoche had to promote her memoir at the same time she and her partner had split. At The Fearful Adventurer, she explains what happens.

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