One from Star Trek, One from the New Mexico Statutes

One from Star Trek, One from the New Mexico Statutes

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  The other day, I sat having coffee with a friend who has just entered his second year of law school. We talked about the tomes he carries to class, the massive amounts of reading and writing, and the creativity needed to frame information as arguments. He surprised me with an off-the-cuff comment, saying, “You … Read More

Headlines Saga

Headlines Saga

Freewriting

I am heading to Iceland to present at the Nonfiction Now Conference in Reykjavik. To prepare for my international travel, I set up a Google alert for headlines about Iceland. Here is the last month in headlines: The miraculous story of Iceland Iceland’s Water Cure Outside Of Reykjavík: Mountains, Sagas And… Goats Why Is Iceland So … Read More

Apply for your self-publishing patent today!

Apply for your self-publishing patent today!

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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman sounds like an interesting book: “Drawing on decades of research in psychology that resulted in a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Daniel Kahneman takes readers on an exploration of what influences thought example by example, sometimes with unlikely word pairs like “vomit and banana.” […}Thinking, Fast and Slow gives … Read More

Do Androids Dream of the Road Not Taken?

Do Androids Dream of the Road Not Taken?

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To quantify, to know for certain whether a piece of writing is good: this desire is one of my students. I tell them vague, mysterious qualifications. Does it help you transcend time and space and feel for a moment free of some constraint you didn’t know what there? Does it surprise you or lift a … Read More

On Abstract Text and the Concrete Object

On Abstract Text and the Concrete Object

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This winter I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Sarah Minor, who curates the Visual Essay series at Essay Daily, previously featuring fantastic artist-essayists such as Kristen Radtke, Marian Bantjes, and Bianca Stone. As a part of this series, we spoke about concrete essays, place-based writing, selecting a medium, and editing as art. You can read our conversation here: On … Read More

Coming of Age at the End of Nature

Coming of Age at the End of Nature

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I have an essay that has just been published in this neat anthology, Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet, which is edited by Julie Dunlap and Susan Cohen. The collection answers the question: what is it like to be a young adult (born between 1980-2000), growing up … Read More

Ten Reasons Not to Date an Essayist

Ten Reasons Not to Date an Essayist

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1. The essayist will take pride in neuroses. He will go on an on about the joy of scratching his ear with a pencil or brag about how long he hasn’t driven a car. 2. Everyday outings, such as going to the grocery store, will become overwhelming adventures. Huge adventures, like swimming with whale sharks … Read More

Writing Horoscopes

Writing Horoscopes

Freewriting, On Writing

Cancer (June 22 – July 22) Set aside some time this week to watch people at the park, the café, or the doctor’s office waiting room. Go wherever your current tale is set. Pay attention to the movements, appearances, and conversations that make these people real. “When writing a novel a writer should create living … Read More