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READ EVERYTHING!

readitA few years back, an acquaintance confessed to me that he was a closet poet. Since I had spent some of my youth nursing dreams of being the next e.e. cummings, Dorothy Parker, or Ogden Nash, I asked him who his influences were. “The only person I read is Charles Bukowski,” he said. After reading his work I understood — it was the same prosaic, she-done-me-wrong boozy confessional style as Bukowski, intercut with the same kind of tiny slices of mundane revelation like so many rays of late afternoon sun cutting through a basement barroom’s shades. In other words, dreary, clichéd stuff. I implored him to consider, at the very least, reading Bukowski’s contemporaries and influences in both poetry and prose: Robinson Jeffers,…

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WRITER, ARTISTS, OR OTHERWISE: HERE’S WHY TALENT ISN’T ENOUGH

A now a word from the Guest of Honor at our Revels on December 7. Click here for more information and to register. For years I’ve gotten into hot water with my peers and aspiring writers at “how to” conferences and workshops for my liberal use of an apparently taboo word: talent. It took me […]

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YOU SEE, AND YOU DON’T FORGET: NYC AS INSPIRATION

If someone is looking for inspiration to write mystery or crime fiction, New York City is a good place to find it. It’s impossible to live in the city and not at some point be the victim of a crime, witness a crime, or hear about a crime that happened to someone you know. Then […]

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MUG SHOT: PAUL H.B. SHIN

Paul H.B. Shin’s debut novel Half Life follows a career as an award-winning journalist for more than 20 years, most recently for ABC News. He was previously a reporter and editor for the New York Daily News. He was born in South Korea and lived in London during his childhood. He now lives in Brooklyn, […]

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