L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

“Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.” By Maria Popova “As a person she is tolerant and easygoing, as a user of words, merciless,” the editors of The Paris Review wrote in the introduction to their 1992 interview with poet, short story writer, educator, and activist Grace Paley (December 11, …

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A writer who’s afraid to tell people what they don’t want to hear has chosen the wrong trade. George Packer Staff writer for The Atlantic Editor’s Note: The Hitchens Prize is awarded annually by the Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation to an author or a journalist whose work, in the spirit of the late Christopher …

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Susannah Meyer For centuries, back to a time which probably cannot be traced, the power of the written word has proved to be something incontrovertibly sublime. The written word has saved lives, circulated powerful ideas, preserved traditions and memories, and so much more. Great moments in history have evoked and set a basis for some …

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Atlas Obscura | Sarah Laskow The oldest reading room at the Bodleian Library, in Oxford. David Iliff/CC-BY-SA 3.0. When you start to think about the oldest books that a library might hold, there are any number of rabbit holes you can fall down. What’s the oldest book in any particular city? What’s the oldest book …

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Pen, Pencil, Tablet, or Typewriter… Jonathan Isbill As a writer in the company of fellow writers, there are countless reasons why we write, how we started, and why we continue. Each person has his or her own unique narrative behind the reasons to write. I think you’ll soon see the value that writing brings to …

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Ten authors on the most divisive question in fiction, and the times they wrote outside their own identities. By Lila Shapiro A few years ago, a writer named Ashima Saigal from Grand Rapids, Michigan, witnessed an incident on a bus in which a group of black kids were mistreated by the police. She was disturbed, …

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by Sue Weems Many of us are lucky to have people around us who understand or at least support our writing habits and dreams. But even with the best support, sometimes it feels like my writing is silly in the face of so many other pressing world problems. How do you keep writing when it …

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Via Language Insight Writing is an integral part of any language and may just be one of the most valuable skills humans ever developed. If you’re a linguist, writing will be integral to your work, whether you are translating a novel or writing notes to take with you to an interpreting session. Were it not …

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Via gosparkpress.com Before Print The concept of publishing began long before the invention of the printing press. It began as far back as the invention of writing. Scribes copied works all by hand. Obviously, this was a long, painstaking process, thus, books developed along with movable type. The Invention of the Printing Press The Chinese …

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Via Spark Press “You may burn my books and the books of the best minds in Europe, but the ideas those books contain have passed through millions of channels and will go on.”—Helen Keller from her “Open Letter to German Students”  A Short History… The first banned book in America Book burning is a long-held practice …

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