Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird is one of the best books on writing I have ever read. It’s a pleasure to read because of Lamott’s incredible warmth and sense of humor, and is bursting with life-changing (or at least writing-changing) advice on creativity.
Need some inspiration from a published author? Enjoy these collected quotes on writing from Rainbow Rowell.
I know a few things about Kazuo Ishiguro. One is that he won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. Two is that I love his books, especially Never Let Me Go and Remains of the Day (and even enjoy his short stories, see my analysis of “A Village After Dark”). And three, unfortunately, is that […]
I thought I loved Bill Bryson as much as I possibly could, and then I started reading his interviews for this compilation and it just made my proverbial Grinch’s heart grow five times its size and helped me look at all humankind with more optimism. And by all humankind I mean mostly just Bill Bryson. […]
I guess it’s nice to celebrate talented people even when one’s eternal soul burns with the flame of envy at their success or whatever. So this week I’d like to profile author Angie Thomas, whose debut novel The Hate U Give was a New York Times Bestseller. She started the novel as a short story […]
Born in Nigeria in 1984, Oyeyemi moved to South London when she was a child. Writing provided her “solace from a troubled childhood.” When Helen Oyeyemi was 18, she published her first book, Icarus Girl, to wide public acclaim. I know, I know: I experienced a stab of misplaced envy there myself. Critics say – […]
You might think I’m irreverent in calling Vladimir Nabokov, one of the greatest writers who ever lived, a total beotch. And you wouldn’t be wrong. But neither would I. To prove my point, check out this interview where he takes jabs at everyone for no reason: “I’ve been perplexed and amused by fabricated notions about so-called […]