Sound Quality: Tom Drury's The End of Vandalism

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We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this brand new blog series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

October 28, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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Audio: The Feeling

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Last month, I posted about that feeling you have when ideas aren't even ideas yet but you can sense their almost arrival. As the founding editor of an audio-only magazine (currently taking submissions, by the way), I thought I should put my money where my mouth is and record the audio of that piece

April 22, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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On Shoveling: A Modest Proposal*

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Studies have shown that the abstracted mind is an agile and creative mind. Scientists have found that when we distract ourselves from our work, we arrive at solutions and inspiration. The way to creativity, their experimentations suggest, lies through tasks that take us momentarily from our work and allow our minds to wander.

We might conclude, then, that New Englanders are poised to claim the title of Most Creative of Americans by virtue of the time they have been required of late to spend away from their jobs and family and recreations in order to shovel snow

February 25, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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It's About Food

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Chances are you're online right now because you're looking for a recipe. Or you're checking directions to the house or apartment or restaurant you're going to tomorrow to eat yourself silly. Admit it: you only made it to Grub's blog today because a) you got the email reminder and clicked out of habit or b) you thought you would bone up on all things publishing so you could better answer those pesky questions from family members around the Thanksgiving fowl, like "How come James Patterson sells so many books but you don't?"

November 26, 2014 | Henriette Lazaridis

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Genre, Fairy Tales, and The Drum

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Genre is a curious thing. For starters, it’s got a name that forces you to choose between sounding pretentious or sounding vocally lazy. And even once you decide how to say its name out loud, you’re faced with the fact that, in some circles anyway, genre has, well, a bad name. I don’t write genre fiction, but I can imagine how tiresome it gets for those who write crime novels, science fiction, fantasy, or westerns when the literary establishment relegates them to a lesser world

July 24, 2014 | Henriette Lazaridis

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