Nick Turse
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Nick Turse, author of Kill Anything that Moves, at yesterday’s reading and discussion at the New York State Writer’s Institute.(Photo credit: Paul Grondahl, staff writer at Albany Times Union)

I would encourage all authors to jump at the chance to speak here.  A truly great experience!

picadorbookroom:

Nick Turse, author of Kill Anything that Moves, at yesterday’s reading and discussion at the New York State Writer’s Institute.

(Photo credit: Paul Grondahl, staff writer at Albany Times Union)

I would encourage all authors to jump at the chance to speak here.  A truly great experience!

The past guides us; the future needs us.
Martin Luther King studied Thoreau and Gandhi and put their ideas to work in the United States, while in 1952 the African National Congress and the young Nelson Mandela were collaborating with the South African Indian Congress on civil disobedience campaigns. You wish you could write Thoreau a letter about all this. He had no way of knowing that what he planted would still be bearing fruit 151 years after his death. But the past doesn’t need us. The past guides us; the future needs us.

A survey by the writers’ organization PEN American Center has found that 73 percent of respondents have “never been as worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press as they are today.”

The survey also found that 28 percent of respondents said they had “curtailed or avoided activities on social media” and 24 percent said they had steered clear of certain topics in phone calls or email.

I am overwhelmed with things I ought to have written about and never found the proper words.
Virginia Woolf, Diaries Volume One 1915-1919 (via violentwavesofemotion)

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Many writers were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. We want to let you know how PEN can help. If you know a writer in need of assistance, please encourage them to apply to the PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund. In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Writers’ Fund Committee has set aside funds for…

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“I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”
I managed, “It’s too late, sir. There’s no turning back. I’m in.”

In which Philip Roth gave author Julian Tepper life advice. Read more here.

theparisreview:

“I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”

I managed, “It’s too late, sir. There’s no turning back. I’m in.”

In which Philip Roth gave author Julian Tepper life advice. Read more here.

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SA PEN invites you to a free event on Thursday 15 November at Kalk Bay Books to mark the International Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

John Maytham will introduce six local writers who will stand in for their imprisoned peers around the world: Tal al-Mallouhi (Syria), Ericson…

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From the PEN Prison Writing Program Committee:

Steve Champion, a prize-winning writer in the PEN Prison Writing contest, went on hunger strike in the Adjustment Center (solitary confinement) of San Quentin’s death row from October 4 through October 19. The strike was in protest of the harsh…

Ernest Hemingway: Armed and Dangerous

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