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Flannery O’Connor – born March 25, 1925 – is the most accomplished graduate of an American MFA program, and like any freshly minted MFA, no sooner did she get her degree than she propounded on the whole business. Her insights – in an essay written for the alumni magazine of the Georgia…

amandaonwriting:

Bookish … and Proud of It Notebook
theparisreview:

Starting today, we are accepting applications for our second writer-in-residence at the Standard, East Village!

"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. " 
                                - James Baldwin

"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. " 

                                - James Baldwin

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"Just as an artist needs to identify his light source before beginning a painting, a writer looks for a narrative power source — what sets the story in motion, or what obstructs it. Perhaps no writer is as concerned with the minutiae of power and motivation, its shifts and upheavals, as a journalist — someone who has covered politics, wars, and uprisings here and abroad. Not to mention a journalist who was successful in his field for years, who always met his deadlines and word counts, and who ultimately decided to leave the profession entirely in order write his own truths."

amandaonwriting:

If you’re a true bibliophile, Tumblr has lots of blogs to feed your love of the written word. Here’s a small sampling of its book bonanza.

nypl:

Happy 83th Birthday to Nobel prize-winning author, Toni Morrison!
In celebration, stop by one of our NYPL branches to grab any of Morrison’s books, which include Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon. 
Also, watch this LIVE from NYPL video, where Morrison discusses races and writing with author, Junot Diaz.

nypl:

Happy 83th Birthday to Nobel prize-winning author, Toni Morrison!

In celebration, stop by one of our NYPL branches to grab any of Morrison’s books, which include Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and Song of Solomon

Also, watch this LIVE from NYPL video, where Morrison discusses races and writing with author, Junot Diaz.

(via blackourstory)

Award winning African author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells Jon Snow why her latest book Americanah mirrors some of the central issues of her own life; race, immigration and the power of hair.

"If you only read books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking."

— Haruki Murakami (via h0peinspiresme)

(via blackourstory)

"The problem with creative-writing programs is not the quality of instruction; it’s the enforced isolation with other people who are thinking, eating, and breathing the same things you are. That said, much can be learned from a good teacher, or by simply spending those two years alone with a whole lot of books."

The editors of The Paris Review add to our ongoing archive of wisdom on writing

Perhaps H.P. Lovecraft put it best in his advice to aspiring writers:

A page of Addison or of Irving will teach more of style than a whole manual of rules, whilst a story of Poe’s will impress upon the mind a more vivid notion of powerful and correct description and narration than will ten dry chapters of a bulky textbook.

(via explore-blog)

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