L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Nicole Hill You’re reading this article because you love books. I’m writing it for the same reason. But how much do you know about the books themselves? Why are they shaped the way they are? Why are there so many different book formats? How can you fit all of these different sizes of books on …

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Jory Mackay Charles Dickens didn’t just have a great mind, he had great calves as well. On any given day, Dickens averaged 12+ miles of walking through the lush Kent countryside or the bustling streets of Victorian London. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. One particularly dreary night in October of 1857, Dickens …

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The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media. Foreign Policy Jimmy Wales and Orit Kopel Photo by Uli Schmidt / Getty Images. When pollsters ask Americans whether they trust the news they read, listen to, and watch, the answer is increasingly negative. This sentiment …

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Serina Hartwell Nobody told me when I started this whole pursuit, just how hard the journey was going to be. The worse thing about being new to any job is that you don’t know where anything lives. You spend most of your first week, looking through cupboards and bothering your colleagues with questions like, “where do …

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Maria Popova “Setting words on paper is the tactic of a secret bully,” and other selections from Why I Write AP Images The question of what propels creators, especially great creators, is the subject of eternal fascination and cultural curiosity. In “Why I Write,” originally published in the New York Times Book Review on December …

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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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Tomas Laurinavicius, Contributor, Lifestyle Entrepreneur Photo credit: Alvaro Serrano/Unsplash. With few exceptions, everything you’ve ever read in your entire life was written by somebody. It’s an obvious observation but becomes an impressive fact the more you think about it. Writers are far more prevalent than most people think, in that many key responsibilities and duties …

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Varun Vaswani I love to write. I have known this ever since I wrote my first collection of short stories when I was eleven years old. But the question arises, why do I like to write? For the record, answering questions about why you like something can seem contrived. As an example, consider the following …

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By: Jess Zafarris Last month, we called for our readers to share the motivations behind their wondrous words and reasons behind their love of writing—via Facebook, the hashtag #WhyWeWrite on Twitter, and via a writing prompt. From hundreds of heartfelt responses, we sprinkled some throughout the February 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest—but saved even more to share …

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