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As many critics have pointed out, the Western canon is almost exclusively made up of books written by overprivileged white men. This is unfortunate for two reasons: 1) The work of great writers who just so happen to be not white or male or privileged end up being excluded. 2) There are so many celebrated [...]
“Murder your darlings,” is a popular piece of writing advice that is often attributed to William Faulkner, but which can actually be traced back to the English writer and surname collector Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Of course, this expression is not meant to suggest that literally killing the people you care about will make you a [...]
As a writer I have received my fair share of rejection letters. Though, I have also received many exciting, sexy acceptance letters — acceptance letters that are not only filled with the praise of well-respected editors, but which often smell as if they have been spritzed with fine perfumes. I have received acceptance letters in [...]
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There is polygamy that is exciting and provocative, but, as Mr. Silverstein proved, there is also polygamy that is cultish and creepy.
Despite the fact that there is no evidence to support the claim, many colonial newspapers attributed the coining of the phrase “flash fiction” to Benedict Arnold.