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Jane Austen's Subtly Subversive Linguistics | JSTOR Daily
Why are Jane Austen books still so beloved? A linguist argues it has more to do with Austen’s masterful use of language than with plot.
Jane_Austen  literature  language 
2 hours ago by Weaverbird
Her Left Hand, The Darkness | Alison Smith | Granta Magazine
She taught me a few things that I’ve never forgotten:

1. Not everyone who thinks they’re better than you actually is.
2. Speaking your mind is better than hiding your mind.
3. Trying to be an author is a very bad idea.
fantasy  literature  writing  ursulakleguin 
17 hours ago by Nachimir
Her Left Hand, The Darkness | Alison Smith | Granta Magazine
"In The Wave in the Mind, one of Le Guin’s many collections of essays, she wrote, ‘All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don’t, our lives get made up for us by other people.’ When I met Le Guin, I was in outer space, hovering in that darkness. Cast out from my homeworld, I spent my days orbiting a new world, afraid to land." This is great.
literature  writing  ursulaleguin  life 
17 hours ago by infovore
Her Left Hand, The Darkness | Alison Smith | Granta Magazine
. I had been assigned an artist. ‘Who?’ I asked, gripping the receiver. There was a pause. I heard papers shuffling, and then: ‘Ursula K. Le Guin.’ ‘Thank you,’ I murmured. ‘Thank you for choosing me.’ There was another pause. The secretary cleared her throat. ‘You were the only one who applied.’
literature  ursula-leguin  sf  scifi 
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The Mysterious Letter Writer Who Beguiled Flannery O’Connor and Iris Murdoch | The New Yorker
Nicholas Köhler on Hazel Elizabeth Hester’s longtime correspondence with both Iris Murdoch and Flannery O’Connor.
literature 
2 days ago by adegru
[The power of constraints] The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used to Create His Greatest Work - James Clear - Pocket
In 1960, two men made a bet.

There was only $50 on the line, but millions of people would feel the impact of this little wager.

The first man, Bennett Cerf, was the founder of the publishing firm, Random House. The second man was named Theo Geisel, but you probably know him as Dr. Seuss. Cerf proposed the bet and challenged that Dr. Seuss would not be able to write an entertaining children’s book using only 50 different words.

Dr. Seuss took the bet and won. The result was a little book called Green Eggs and Ham. Since publication, Green Eggs and Ham has sold more than 200 million copies, making it the most popular of Seuss’s works and one of the best-selling children’s books in history.1

At first glance, you might think this was a lucky fluke. A talented author plays a fun game with 50 words and ends up producing a hit. But there is actually more to this story and the lessons in it can help us become more creative and stick to better habits over the long-run.

Here's what we can learn from Dr. Seuss…
The Power of Constraints

What Dr. Seuss discovered through this little bet was the power of setting constraints.
literature  creativity  ++--- 
2 days ago by jonippolito

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