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Various Working of Authors’ Minds

J.K. Rowling’s spreadsheet plan for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

William Faulkner’s outline for A Fable — written on his office walls.

Norman Mailer’s character timeline for Harlot’s Ghost.

Gay Talese’s outline for his classic profile “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” (a magazine article)

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From Flavorwire (where there are more).Via 22 Words


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Only if it Works

Incidental Comics

by Grant Snider, who (with tongue firmly planted in cheek, I’m sure) doesn’t  “advocate drug use – unless it leads to great works of literature”.

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Author and Illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka and the Power of Imagination

Via Huff Post Books

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Twain: Cats as Muse and Method

According to this 1940’s ad:

“Mark loved cats…and pool, or pocket billiards. Whenever he played pool, he’d tuck a pet kitten into a corner pocket. The antics of the cat as it pawed at passing balls amused and relaxed Mark Twain…sent him back in high spirits to write the stories that endeared him to all.”

Via Mark Twain Quotations about cats, where you’ll find several more images of Twain with his cats.


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Behind Every Great Novelist


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Ludite or Sage? Jonathan Franzen warns ebooks are corroding values

Jonathan Franzen at the Cartagena festival: 'All the real things are dying off.' Photograph: Stringer/Colombia/Reuters

For serious readers, Franzen said, “a sense of permanence has always been part of the experience”. “Everything else in your life is fluid, but here is this text that doesn’t change,” he continued. “Will there still be readers 50 years from now who feel that way? Who have that hunger for something permanent and unalterable? I don’t have a crystal ball. But I do fear that it’s going to be very hard to make the world work if there’s no permanence like that. That kind of radical contingency is not compatible with a system of justice or responsible self-government.”

Read the rest of the article at The Guardian

Via Library Link of the Day

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