December 12, 2018

In Defense of Long Sentences

By Aatif Rashid

When it comes to prose style in contemporary literature, no two works have had a greater influence than George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language” and Strunk and […]

June 8, 2018

The Quest for the Enchanted Writing Tip

By Caroline Hagood

Many writers spend their whole careers chasing that enchanted writing tip that will make them extraordinary, and there’s certainly no shortage of craft advice. Some authors (I’m looking at you, […]

March 8, 2012

Mix Tape: My Dystopia Is Better Than Yours

By Maggie Smith

Huxley had the nerve to write Orwell and claim that Brave New World trumped 1984. The John D’Agata fact-checking brouhaha continues. Check out Ned Stuckey-French’s Dear John letter from the AWP lyric […]

July 23, 2010

Short Takes

By Grant Johnson

Celebrating fifty years, this one’s for the mockingbirds Once again, this blog’s to blame, they’re saying it’s time to take it slow [warning: no take backs if you end up […]