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“The Sultan of Sewers”

From Reason, a review of Call Me Burroughs: A Life, by Barry Miles, Twelve, 718 pages, $32, about author William Burroughs. A brief quote:

After Naked Lunch was published in 1959, Burroughs graduated from unknown writer to literary celebrity. Today he is widely regarded, along with Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, as one of the three towering figures of the Beat movement. He was one of the most prominent figures in the emergence of the postwar counterculture, and his influence stretches well beyond the Beats to the bohemias of the ’60s, the ’70s, and beyond. In 2014, a century after his birth in St. Louis, his work remains a touchstone for alienated cynics of all kinds.



On Liberty: Edward Snowden and top writers on what freedom means to them

From The Guardian—Interesting that this collection of thoughts on Liberty is from a British newspaper, and not The New York Times or The Washington Post.

World’s leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft

From The Guardian:

• 500 signatories include five Nobel prize winners
• Writers demand ‘digital bill of rights’ to curb abuses


The world of surveillance operated by the people we pay to guard us exceeds the fevered dreams of the Stasi—Tom Stoppard


10 Essential Neo-Noir Authors

From Flavorwire:

What is neo-noir fiction? It’s contemporary dark fiction. It was built on the backbone of classic noir and hardboiled fiction, but it’s evolved to be so much more than that. It is a genre-bending subgenre that includes edgy literary fiction, as well as fantasy, science fiction, and horror. It also touches on niche storytelling like magical realism, slipstream, transgressive, and the grotesque. There is a movement out there, right now, one that has been heating up over the last ten years…

The Writing Life

From Byliner, “George Orwell, Ann Patchett, and others on the blood, sweat, and joy of storytelling.”

“You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you,” Ernest Hemingway told George Plimpton in their classic 1958 Paris Review interview. “Or rather you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love.” Then Hemingway got shy: “If it is all the same to you I would rather not expound on that.”

Authors’ Favorite First Lines of Books

From The Atlantic:

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.

The 25 Greatest Quotes About Writing

A thoughtful list from Thought Catalog—one of my favorites:

“The first draft of anything is shit.” Ernest Hemingway


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