On Craft

How I Trick Myself into  Getting to Work—Part II <span style=by Jessica Soffer" width="600" />

How I Trick Myself into Getting to Work—Part II by Jessica Soffer

You do this. You do the opposite of what you usually do. You stand up if you usually sit down. You play music with lyrics if you usually write in silence. You write in the dark or in public or in a notebook if you…

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How I Trick Myself into  Getting to Work—Part II <span style=by David Abrams" width="600" />

How I Trick Myself into Getting to Work—Part II by David Abrams

Like a mother encouraging her frightened son to move closer to the end of the diving board high above the swimming pool, I chant a simple mantra to my reluctant inner child of a writer: “Just one sentence. Just write one sentence and then you…

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Questions for Robert Pinsky <span style=by Kathryn Levy" width="600" />

Questions for Robert Pinsky by Kathryn Levy

Robert Pinsky is the author of eight collections of poetry including, most recently, Selected Poems. From 1997 to 2000, he served as the United States Poet Laureate, and during that time he founded the Favorite Poem Project, featuring a wide range of Americans sharing their…

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Eric Fischl:  When Paint Tells a Story<br> – interviewed <span style=by Terrie Sultan" width="600" />

Eric Fischl: When Paint Tells a Story
– interviewed by Terrie Sultan

What follows are excerpts from a dialogue between artist Eric Fischl and Terrie Sultan, Director of the Parrish Museum in Southampton, that took place on the Avram stage at Stony Brook Southampton during the 2012 Southampton Writers Conference. We reproduce them here for their pertinence…

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No Such Thing As Time  <span style=by Sven Birkerts (excerpt)" width="600" />

No Such Thing As Time by Sven Birkerts (excerpt)

Some former students of the late W. G. Sebald recently posted a collection of nuggets from their old class notes. Their title, “Max Sebald’s Writing Tips,” felt like a fumble, suggesting that whatever those students may have learned from the master, they missed the main…

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