We Wanted to Be Writers: Life, Love, and Literature at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

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Skyhorse #ad - . Boyle, sandra cisneros, jennie fields, jayne Anne Phillips, Joe Haldeman, Allan Gurganus, Michelle Huneven, Joy Harjo, and many others. It is chock full of insights and a treasure trove of inspiration for all writers, history lovers, readers, and anyone who ever "wanted to be a writer. Jane smiley on the iowa writers' workshop: "In that period, the teachers tended to be men of a certain age, with the idea that competition was somehow the key-the Norman Mailer period.

C. You know, getting $25 for the product of your own brain? You could buy a lot of beer in Iowa City back then for that. ". The story was that if you disagreed with Norman, or gave him a bad review, he'd punch you in the nose. Among the talents that emerged in those years-writing, drinking, criticizing, and debating in the classrooms and barrooms of Iowa City-were the younger versions of writers who became John Irving, Jane Smiley, T.

We Wanted to Be Writers: Life, Love, and Literature at the Iowa Writers' Workshop #ad - We wanted to be writers is a rollicking and insightful blend of original interviews, gossip, analyses, anecdotes, history, advice, commentary, and asides with nearly thirty graduates and teachers at the now legendary Iowa Writers' Workshop between 1974 and 1978. Boyle on his short story "Drowning": "I got $25 for it, which was wonderful.

You were supposed to get in fights in restaurants. T. C.

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A Burnt-Out Case

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Open Road Media #ad - A famous architect struggling with a crisis of faith escapes to a leper colony in the Congo, in Graham Greene’s “greatest novel” Time. From “the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man’s consciousness and anxiety” comes Graham Greene’s celebrated novel about the consequences of conviction, the sickness of the soul, and the tenuous endurance of the human spirit William Golding.

Querry is a world-renowned architect noted for his magnificent churches, each designed not for the glory of God, but for the satisfaction of self. So too, it first seems, could a local plantation owner’s lonely and abused wife—Querry’s unlikely confessor. And this time it could be inescapable. Suddenly infected with indifference, he has abandoned his pursuit of pleasure.

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 . Now he has reached the end of desire at the end of the world—a colony of lepers in the remote jungles of Africa.

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How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form

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Harper Perennial #ad - Scott fitzgerald, ernest hemingway, the novel has grown with and adapted to changing societies and technologies, and today's masters, mixing tradition and innovation in every age throughout history. Thomas C. Foster—the sage and scholar who ingeniously led readers through the fascinating symbolic codes of great literature in his first book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor—now examines the grammar of the popular novel.

From miguel de cervantes's Don Quixote to the works of Jane Austen, F. Exploring how authors' choices about structure—point of view, character emblems, more understanding, and narrative discontinuity—create meaning and a special literary language, How to Read Novels Like a Professor shares the keys to this language with readers who want to get more insight, narrative voice, first page, chapter construction, and more pleasure from their reading.

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The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published

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Harper Perennial #ad - The dictionary's revolutionary style sparked what David Foster Wallace called "the Fort Sumter of the Usage Wars. Editors and scholars howled for Gove's blood, calling him an enemy of clear thinking, a great relativist who was trying to sweep the English language into chaos. Critics bayed at the dictionary's permissive handling of ain't.

Created by the most respected american publisher of dictionaries and supervised by the editor Philip Gove, adding thousands of new words and eliminating "artificial notions of correctness, Webster's Third broke with tradition, " basing proper usage on how language was actually spoken. Literary intellectuals such as Dwight Macdonald believed the dictionary's scientific approach to language and its abandonment of the old standard of usage represented the unraveling of civilization.

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Psychoanalysis and Religion Terry Lectures

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Open Road Media #ad - An exploration of what religion and spirituality mean to us as humans, by the New York Times–bestselling author and social psychologist. He reveals how a humanistic religion is conducive to one’s own humanity, and explains why psychoanalysis does not threaten religion. Rather than analyzing what people believe in—whether they’re monotheistic, polytheistic, or atheistic—Fromm presents an idea of what religion means in secular terms.

In his timeless and straightforward style, Fromm unmasks the alienating effects of any authoritarian religion. Whether you’re a believer or a long-time atheist, Fromm’s erudite analysis of religion is sure to reshape your concept of spirituality. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

Psychoanalysis and Religion Terry Lectures #ad -  . In 1950, erich fromm attempted to free religion from its social function and to develop a new understanding of religious phenomena.

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The Complete Stories of Truman Capote Vintage International

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Vintage #ad - Ranging from the gothic south to the chic east coast, in stories as elegant as they are heartfelt, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote’s oeuvre are here, as haunting as they are compassionate. Reading them reminds us of the miraculous gifts of a beloved American original.

A landmark collection that brings together truman capote’s life’s work in the form he called his “great love, ” The Complete Stories confirms Capote’s status as a master of the short story.

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Writing Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - William zinsser turns his zest, warmth and curiosity—his sharp but forgiving eye—on his own story. Gay talese, brevity, “wonderful, calls writing places, author of a writer’s Life, ” while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette praises this unique memoir for possessing “all the qualities that Zinsser believes matter most in good writing—clarity, simplicity and humanity.

”. The result is lively, funny and moving, especially for anyone who cares about art and the business of writing well. Evan thomas, journalists, the bestseller that has inspired two generations of writers, William Zinsser—the author of On Writing Well, Newsweek In Writing Places, and students—recalls the many colorful and instructive places where he has worked and taught.

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The Art of Philosophizing: And Other Essays

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Philosophical Library/Open Road #ad - Three essays on mathematics, logic, and philosophy from the Noble Prize–winning author of A History of Western Philosophy. The essays in this little volume, were written by bertrand russell during the Second World War when he was less concerned with the stormy issues of nuclear warfare and the containment of Communist aggression and more with “the art of reckoning” in the fields of mathematics, published here for the first time in book form, logic and philosophy.

. The simplicity of russell’s exposition is astonishing, as is his ability to get to the core of the great philosophical issues and to skillfully probe the depth of philosophical analysis.

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Books for Living

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Vintage #ad - Throughout, schwalbe tells stories from his life and focuses on the way certain books can help us honor those we've loved and lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. These books span centuries and genres—from stuart little to The Girl on the Train, from Giovanni's Room to Rebecca, from David Copperfield to Wonder, and from 1984 to Gifts from the Sea.

In each chapter, he discusses a particular book and how it relates to concerns we all share. From the author of the beloved new york times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity. For will schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, and to find the answers to life’s questions big and small.

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Heads Up Philosophy

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DK Children #ad - Who am i? what is the meaning of life? is there a God? Heads Up Philosophy, part of an exciting new series for young adults, explains and explores all these big ideas and more. What is philosophy? it's the issues and theories that are most intriguing and relevant to curious teen minds--questions like: what is knowledge, right and wrong, and justice? Combining lively text with cool, entertain, identity, graphic illustrations, freedom, faith, this book is designed to provoke, human nature, and stimulate young minds.

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Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - The right words are oxygen to our ideas, and WTF, LMK, but the digital era, with all of its TTYL, has been cutting off that oxygen flow. A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time. Harry evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger.

He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In do i make myself clear?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well. Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age. Do i make myself clear? is an essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder.

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