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Source: Go Into The StoryPublished on 2019-02-18
In 2007, J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Super 8) gave a TED Talk. I’m sure some of you have seen it. However, like many great presentations, much of what could be valuable as a writer drifts away into the ether. So I transcribed Abrams’ ‘mystery box’ talk and broke it down into a 10-part series with analysis and takeaways for creatives and writers.

J.J. Abrams du...
Source: Chicago Review of BooksPublished on 2019-02-18
One of the unexpected joys of my recent move from Chicago to Florida has been coming into contact with enormous birds: herons, ospreys, anhingas, and egrets of all sorts, feathered friends that don’t usually hang around in the Midwest. Florida hosts a multitude of smaller birds as well, too many for me to count, and so far I’ve only seen a handful. These birds have become an omnipresen...
Source: Go Into The StoryPublished on 2019-02-18
“Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don’t write it right, just write it –and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one.”

— Tara Moss

Via AdviceToWriters

On Writing was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, wher...
Source: Go Into The StoryPublished on 2019-02-18
Daily Dialogue — February 18, 2019“Tell me how you cheated.”

— Slumdog Millionaire (2008), screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, novel by Vikas Swarup

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Interrogation

Trivia: Director Danny Boyle placed the money to be paid to the 3 lead child actors in a trust that is to be released to them ...
Source: Guardian BooksPublished on 2019-02-18
Atruism and exhilaration combine in a surgeon’s breathtaking exploits in conflict zonesIn late 1993, the surgeon David Nott travelled from his home in London to a hospital in war-torn Sarajevo on his first humanitarian mission. Two weeks into the trip, a teenage boy was brought in with a metal fragment in his abdomen, sustained from one of the mortars that had been raining down on the city f...
Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-02-18
If you’ve watched the trailer for Mamoru Hosoda’s Academy Award–nominated Mirai, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it looks a little childish. The Japanese film follows Kun-chan, a 4-year-old boy grappling with his jealousy of his new infant sister, Mirai—until, in a fantastical twist, he encounters Mirai’s future teenage self. For the most part, the movie is ...
Source: Paul McVeighPublished on 2019-02-18
'The Confession' By Leïla Slimani
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Source: Paul McVeighPublished on 2019-02-18
RTÉ Radio 1 has today invited short story submissions for one of Ireland’s longest established and most significant literary prizes, the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus.Judging the entries this year are bestselling author Liz Nugent, RTÉ Arts and Media correspondent and author Sinead Crowley, and Declan Meade of The Stinging Fly. Writers...
Source: NYT BooksPublished on 2019-02-18
Two new books, “How to Disappear,” by Akiko Busch, and “Silence,” by Jane Brox, explore the benefits of tuning out.
Source: Guardian BooksPublished on 2019-02-18
A restrained elegy for a friend, this is also a discreet reflection on how to live well in old age

‘As you set out …’
in memory of Ursula S

Within a week your sons emptied
your apartment, removed the Giacometti.

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Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-02-18
Jeffrey Marlow writes about the strange marine ecosystems that grew around a whale fall, in the Pacific Ocean, known as Rosebud.
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-02-18
A free, weekly online puzzle, with answers and clues that exhibit the wit and intelligence of the magazine.
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-02-18
Jess Row writes about being parent to a teen in the digital age, and questions of a young person’s right to a private life.
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-02-18
Lizzie Feidelson remembers Edie Falco’s masterly performance as Carmela Soprano, alongside James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano, in the HBO series “The Sopranos.”
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-02-18
Nikil Saval writes about how Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services are affecting public-transit systems and the design of cities.
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