American Literary Playlists – Part 2

The creative processes of literary writing and songwriting have always been intertwined. Musicians such as [...]

American Writer Spotlight: Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald is a complicated woman, no matter how you slice it. She’s been [...]

Grammar Rules

Grammar rules rule—or do they? They certainly did in my day. As a grade school [...]

The Iceberg Man

In the pantheon of great American writers, Ernest Hemingway is probably the only one whose [...]

Reading Writers’ Letters & Diaries: What’s the Draw?

When we are young, our diaries and journals are filled with the silly and the [...]

Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Horrors of Salem

On images of the Salem Witch Trials in historical romance, horror, and collective memory. Nathaniel [...]


5 Books of Essays That Inspire My Writing

Recently, my friend told me a story about when she went surfing in South Africa. [...]

Why Do Stories Matter?

Why do stories matter? A college professor asked our class this once. Why do stories [...]

The Rise of Hamilton

If you haven’t heard about the little show about a Founding Father that started out [...]

The Marathon of Infinite Jest

A novel 1,079 pages long is not the best one to start reading on a [...]

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