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Can You Guess these Famous Writers Based on Their Very First Author Bios?

One of my favorite things to do in used bookstores is to pick up old editions of early books by now-famous writers, just to see what kind of packaging their books received when they were just starting out. Turns out that some of the biggest names in English-language literature also began their careers with scant author bios, tepid reviews, and random...

Chelsea G. Summers on Anaïs Nin, Dracula, and The Bloody Chamber

Welcome to the Book Marks Questionnaire, where we ask authors questions about the books that have shaped them. This week, we spoke to the author of A Certain Hunger (out now in paperback), Chelsea G. Summers. * Book Marks: First book you remember loving? Chelsea G. Summers: Frank L. Baum’s Ozma of Oz. I liked Wizard of Oz, but I passionately loved...

Lit Hub Daily: October 20, 2021

TODAY: In 1927, Joyce Brothers, pioneer of pop psychology, is born.    Also on Lit Hub:

The Unsettling Sea: On Rationalizing the Drowning of the World We Inhabit

In the final encounter between Captain Ahab and the white whale he named Moby Dick, the Captain repeatedly harpoons the whale, but the rope becomes entangled about the Captain’s neck and he is carried off into the depths of the Pacific. The fate of the beast and the man entwined in death as it had become in life. The whale also holed Captain Ahab’s...

The Painful Language of an Ultrarunner’s Body on a Sweltering Day

The trail leads back into the forest and heads uphill. Onward. Running, you always look forward. You have to. This feeling now, seeing the trees, planting the right pole, then the left, knowing I’m getting somewhere, must be the absolute polar opposite of how I used to feel, circling around in my head, going nowhere. The mountain summer heat is scorching....

How Survivor Uses the Threat of Hunger to Sow Chaos and Disruption

“You can keep the oysters and the snails,” says Rob on All-Stars, as he eats his daily allotment out of a broken coconut shell. He laughs. “This is what Survivor is all about. Rice, baby, rice.” Most of the time, tribes are given enough rice at the beginning of the game for each person to eat a half cup per day. People lose a lot of weight on Survivor....

The Last-Resort Move That Made My Students Smile

This piece is part of a series from teachers on the ways their classrooms have changed over the last year. Read others here. * It’s Tuesday night and I am boiling a large rock. I am not a geologist, nor do I have particular interest in the quartz found across the Piedmont region of my native North Carolina. The explanation is quite simple: I’m teaching...

“I Did Not Want Her Name to Be Synonymous with Madness.” Heather Clark on Writing Sylvia Plath

Writing can be lonely work; WMFA counters that with conversation. It’s a show about creativity and craft, where writer and host Courtney Balestier talks shop with some of today’s best writers and examines the issues we face when we do creative work. The mission of WMFA is to explore why we writers do what we do, so that we can do it with more intention,...

White Men, Land, and Literature: The Making (and Unmaking) of an American Pastoral

Twenty odd years ago I moved from New York City to a farmhouse in Vermont. The move from the one-room walk-up on the Lower East Side to southwestern Vermont meant an almost obscene increase in personal space. With the bank documents signed and the deed turned over I became overnight rich in land: seventy-five acres of it. An opalescent brook. An orchard....

Reading Women on the Emotional Complexities in Women’s Crime Fiction

In this week’s episode, Kendra and Sumaiyya discuss Quicksand and The Unquiet Dead. From the episode: Sumaiyya: I think it’s fascinating that when you read a lot of the books by male crime writers, there is this hero complex that features quite prominently. Or when you have the femme fatale, who you know is this terrible woman who leads men astray...

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