In this Guardian piece, novelist Frederic Raphael recommends ten novels that make exceptional use of dialogue. We've reposted Raphael's introduction on dialogue below. Read the full piece including his top ten recommendations here.
"If you're a writer, you might already have some of these," suggests the narrator of this adorable animated video. Nevertheless, you should watch and learn how to improve your writing skills by diminishing your social skills. Take note:
The Awl's Alexander Chee shares an essential guide to existence. All writers take note:
1. Underwear is definitely pants.
This has been an issue, I believe, ever since the first writer ever worked at home.
L.A. Times' Jacket Copy produced a video in which book critic David L. Ulin and books staff writer Carolyn Kellogg discuss whether writing can be taught. We've reposted the short introduction and the video below. Enjoy!
The poet Jack Gilbert, who retreated from mainstream circles after enjoying the success of his first book in 1962, has died. Below is an audio recording of biographical notes spoken by Gilbert. We've also reposted an excerpt of Jacket Copy's obituary. Read the full article here.
Below we've excerpted The Rumpus's excellent interview with Kurt Vonnegut's daughter, Nanette Vonnegut. You can read the full text interview here.
Writers' Reel is a weekly video feature. In this video Cheryl Strayed interviews Anne Lamott, author of the upcoming Help, Thanks, Wow.
Looking toward the election last week, David L. Ulin wrote in Jacket Copy about Joan Didion's Political Fictions, a collection of essays about the American experience. Read Ulin's commentary below or at LATimes.com.