This life advice from the consistently excellent Killer Mike is quite possibly the most important video that’s ever been made. Miss it at your own risk!
Every state has a book that it is best known for. Here are the most famous books that take place in every state.
Here’s another chunk from the book that is slowly killing me…THE STORY GRID. Conflict drives stories. Without it, nothing happens. The words just sit there, inert like your uncle Lou in his Barcalounger on Sunday afternoon.
Great post about managing various levels of conflict in writing (and in life).
Deb Bruzewski writes up to 60 letters a week. One Michigan school even has A Letter for Better club.
The article asks, “When is the last time you wrote a letter?”
For me, it was about 60 seconds ago.
Hooray! My short-short story “Twelve,” is on the front page of The Drum, right up near the top. It’s about a three-minute listen. Like a pop song.
Thanks to brainpickings.org for reminding me.
One of my lovely customers sent me a message today with this link.
And here is my United/World of Love line:
My heart sank a little bit. The World/United States of Love line that I created is one of the reasons that I was able to quit my full-time job. They even stole the…
A guest post in the Gertrude Stein Blog Series by Adam Renn Olenn: The literary partâs easy, âconcerning the writing, study, or content of literature,â sayeth the dictionary. Of course, dour ole Webster neglected to mention the word âenjoyment,â but weâll assume itâs implied. And according to exhaustive minutes of research on the internet, the main difference between a subject and a citizen is that while the subject owes his or her allegiance to a sovereign, a person in charge, the citizen owes that allegiance to the community. The word citizen also implies a certain degree of agency in the community, a voice, a vote. So how do we vote about literature? I mean, aside from the obvious bickering on the internet. We vote by acting like we give a shit. Not acting as in âpretending,â acting as in âbehaving.â Instead of browsing through your local indie bookstore and buying the book from Amazon, flip it aroundâresearch it on Amazon, read some reviews, look inside, and then call your local indie and have them get it for you. You might have to wait a day or two longer and pay a dollar or two more, but would you rather have a bookstore in your neighborhood or another goddam Starbucks? Make readings part of your entertainment time-budget. Not that you have to go buy scads of books (though itâs lovely if you do), but spend some time there, try to hit one a quarter. Donât be a stranger. Not only will it give your brain a more varied diet, most writers seem to be convivial, given to drink, and sociable (read: horny). At the very least, youâll have a conversation with some meat on its bones. Buy two books of each kind a year: poetry, fiction, non-fiction. We each have a thing we gravitate to, but many of my most enlightening experiences have come from venturing into the unknown. Surely you can read one poem a day. (Apologies if your name isnât Shirley.) And you can expand your mind while taking the boredom out of your cardio with one of the many free short-story podcasts. Itâs so much better than listening to BeyoncÃ© again. These are some ways to be a presence in your literary community, and they are meaningful contributions to its artistic vitality. But if you wanna get really braveâwrite. To be a full-fledged literary citizen, to exercise your suffrage, write a poem, a story, an essay, a novel. Let it suck. Hell, make it suck. Shut up that inner pain-in-the-ass by trying to make your piece a pile of steaming albatross vomit, and then enlist his help shaping it into something lovely and non-vomity that doesnât even have a whiff of seabird about it. You donât know how? You donât know where to begin? Breathe easy, friendo. There is almost certainly a writing center to which you have access, even if itâs just a Meetup.com gathering. Youâve got a whole internet of writers who care, you want to hear what you have to say and share what they have to say. Links are at the bottom, donât say I never gave you nothinâ. In short, jump in. Read and write. Go to your library. Use your bookstore (we all use Amazon sometimes). Talk to other people who write. Put your phone in your bag and leave it there and interact with some real people who care about literature and other things that make the world beautiful. Because letâs face it, we donât get to be here long. Might as well enjoy it for real. *** Adam Renn Olennâs fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in a wide array of print and online journals, and his story Coronation was a finalist for the Derringer prize in crime fiction. A two-time Bread Loaf contributor and Grub Street scholarship winner, he studied writing and music at the University of Virginia before earning a Masters of Music in composition at the Boston Conservatory. When not working as a staff writer at Berklee College of Music or spending time with his wife and children, he can usually be found writing in the woods. Follow on Twitter: @adamolenn.
Just a few months ago, Ladar Levison became famous when it was revealed that the secure email service he ran was patronized by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. He shut down that company soon afterward because otherwise, the government would’ve forced him to betray the privacy of his clients without their knowing.
Now he’s back, and he has a plan to thwart the surveillance state.
Come 2014, he wants everyone in America to have access to secure, NSA-proof email.
Read more. [Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr]
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