Write now. Write how?

M. Molly Backes, author of the forthcoming The Princesses of Iowa and the Assistant Director of StoryStudio Chicago wrote a phenomenal blog post recently on how to be a writer and, since that’s not complicated enough, how to be the parent of a young writer. An excerpt: Let her fail. Let her write pages and… More

Hooray for Science!

In case you missed it, The Royal Society posted the longlist for its 2011 Winston Prize for Science Books a couple of weeks ago. The list includes 13 books that all look absolutely outstanding, and the shortlist goes up at the end of September before the winner is finally chosen in November. Joan Brady, courtesy… More

The New York Times Magazine Best Fiction Staff Picks:

Curious to know what you think about this list from The New York Times Magazine, Clarity readers. Agree? Disagree? Which of your favs made it? Which amazing game-changers were you shocked to see left off? Nabokov’s Lolita was named the clear winner, but apparently Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay wasn’t too far behind.… More

Flash interview #17: The End of Cool

How do you know when something that has been cool has ceased to be cool? Are there any hipsters reading this? Is there a litmus test? Because here’s a theory about fashion at least: a clothing ensemble is no longer cool when it has been appropriated in miniature as doggie drag. If it holds true,… More

Writer’s Brock – Wet World 2

This is an account of a disastrous sailing trip Dylan James Brock took in June 2011. View Part 1 here 2 Before the captain bought the forty-one foot sailboat in May 2011, it was owned by a hoarder. Lucille crammed every corner of the boat’s two cabins with assorted trinkets that the captain had cleared… More