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An excellent writer’s retreat, by Grant Snider.

How to read in bars.

Very cool: 1970s German book posters by Gunter Rambow.

Literary references on The Simpsons.

Slang terms for having sex, through history: now in handy chart form!

How many words are in your favourite books?

“Well, here we are, at the lighthouse.” It had been a wonderful day, walking to the lighthouse.
Modern classics without the Modernism.

Sad middle-aged Harry Potter is sad.

Literary (temporary) tattoos.

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Missed Carl Hoffman discussing his new book, Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art on Late Night Live last night? Listen to it here (from about 25 minutes)!

The pains of being a book hoarder.

This is great: what writers can learn from Goodnight, Moon.

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‘The most fun I’ve had in a long time’: Chris Somerville at Readings on reading Nic Low’s debut, Arms Race (out today!).

Why are writers opening up about money (or the lack thereof)?

Javier Marias: ‘There are seven reasons not to write novels (and one to write them).’

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Watch a great video of Clare Wright reading from and discussing her Stella Prize–winning book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.

Speedreading? Pah.

Does poetry matter?

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Listen to Damien Echols talk about his new book, Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row, co-written with wife Lorri Davis, on Fox FM.

What are the last literary taboos?

The best advice my editor ever gave me.

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‘Satirical but sweet at the same time, it’s a dazzling debut.’ The Daily Mail recommends Marianne Kavanagh’s For Once in My Life.

Writing tips from the CIA’s style manual.

Writers and e-remorse.

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Guess who’s a fan of The Rosie Project?

How shelving can save a book’s life.

‘I listen to the Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray", over and over’: advice from writers on how to beat writer’s block.

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‘I don’t even like to write in public places’: an interview with Geoff Dyer in the White Review.

How Dungeons & Dragons has influenced a generation of writers.

Infographic: how to perfect your elevator pitch.