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Quiet Voice in a Noisy World: An Interview with Howard Axelrod

 In a freak basketball accident during his junior year at Harvard, Howard Axelrod was left permanently blinded in his right eye. His new memoir, The Point of Vanishing (Beacon, 2015), tells the story of how that accident (and one doomed love story) led him to a two-year pilgrimage in the Vermont woods. Disconnected from the distractions of the modern world, Axelrod re-learned what it meant to see. We caught up with Howard to talk about his experience, how to write quietly in a noisy world, and what he has in common with the Unabomber.

October 7, 2015 | Alison Murphy

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Questions That Can Drive Writers Crazy

By Katrin Schumann

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post about hurrying up and slowing down so you can give the creative process some breathing space. I argued that it can be counter productive to just keep pushing harder. I posed some questions, and here are my (highly subjective) answers:  

October 7, 2015 | Katrin Schumann

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Our Internet Faves 10/5/15

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done. 

The Huffington Post gives Margaret Atwood's newest dystopian novel, The Heart Goes Last, a rave review: 

The Bottom Line: 'The Heart Goes Last' by Margaret Atwood

October 5, 2015 | Grub Daily

How Novels Get Made: The Specific Becomes Universal

Novels are big undertakings. That’s not an epiphany, it is a fact.

For proof, you may need to look no further than your own laptop, notebook piles, or margin scribbles. If you are purely a short-form writer and still need convincing, just pick up the last good book you read and really look at it. Then, whisper “how?” reverently into the pages.

This week, authors Claire Messud and Carmiel Banasky discussed everything that goes into a novel--from early ideas to the last edits--for a crowd at Newtonville Books

October 2, 2015 | Cara Wood

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I Left My Full-Time Job Because I Wanted to Stop Being a “Writer”

You’re a writer on the side.

You write at night; you write when the kids are asleep, when the dog’s had his walk, when the house and all its residents are safely tucked in.

You write in the mornings before the kids are awake, after your coffee, while the sun hoists itself over the horizon and creates condensation against the cold kitchen window.

You do this because you have a job, a J-O-B with a 401K, and you’ve come to believe that able-bodied, able-minded people contribute their 40 hours, and that’s all there is to it

September 28, 2015 | Liz Breen

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Get a sneak peak a Lit Council member and author Jaime Clarke's novel World Gone Water! Watch the book trailer here: