Last week saw the continuation of the year-long academic showcase Writers at Newark Reading Series, hosted by Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing program. On Tuesday, February 6, students, professors and Brick City residents welcomed Walt Whitman award-winning poet Mai Der Vang and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson […]
There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
— Ursula Le Guin, American author, illustrator and poet
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
— Albert Camus, Algerian-born French novelist, journalist and philosopher
No doubt you’ve heard the oft-repeated cliché of how the path to success can only be found through rising with the sun. Or a variation thereof.
Well, I’ve never believed this to be true, and there’s ample evidence to show that plenty of successful people have […]
Last month, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t buy any more new books for the year. And up until last Saturday, … I had kept that promise.
Don’t judge me!
My intentions were well placed. You see, I love the concept fashionistas and stylists […]
One day last month, Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day was “middlescence.” I joked on Twitter how the universe was reading my thoughts and trying to gaslight me. I was only half-kidding.
You see in the days leading up to my birthday — March 18th, just in […]
Writing’s a lot like cooking. Sometimes the cake won’t rise, no matter what you do…
Now and again the cake tastes better than you ever could’ve dreamed.
— Neil Gaiman, English author, playwright, screenwriter and graphic novelist
Last night, the New York theatre community welcomed the first (and ironically, the last) of August Wilson’s plays to Broadway. Jitney, one of Wilson’s 10 plays sharing a universal, yet intimate tale of African-American life throughout the 20th century, was the first chapter in this […]
Hold fast your dreams!
Within your heart
Keep one still, secret spot
Where dreams may go,
And, sheltered so,
May thrive and grow
Where doubt and fear are not.
O keep a place apart,
Within your heart,
For little dreams to go!
Think still of lovely things that are not true.
Let wish and magic work […]