Creativity and Writing, 2/2013
1.) "The Benefits of Poetry for Professionals" by John Coleman: Click here to read: "Wallace Stevens was one of America's greatest poets. The author of 'The Emperor of Ice-Cream' and 'The Idea of Order at Key West' was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955 and offered a prestigious faculty position at Harvard University. Stevens turned it down. He didn't want to give up his position as Vice President of the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company."
2.) "Posthumous" by Jeffrey Eugenides: Click here to read: "All of the constraints Hitchens mentions have one thing in common: they all represent a deformation of the self. To follow literary fashion, to write for money, to censor your true feelings and thoughts or adopt ideas because they’re popular requires a writer to suppress the very promptings that got him or her writing in the first place. When you started writing, in high school or college, it wasn’t out of a wish to be published, or to be successful, or even to win a lovely award like the one you’re receiving tonight. It was in response to the wondrousness and humiliation of being alive."
3.) "What Will Survive Us Is Love: Helen Dunmore's 9 Rules of Writing" by Maria Popova: Click here to read: “Nearly two years ago, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times a decade earlier, The Guardian invited some of today’s most celebrated authors to share their personal writing rules. After 10 commandments from Zadie Smith, another 10 from Margaret Atwood, and 8 from Neil Gaiman, here is a wonderful list from British novelist, poet, and children’s author Helen Dunmore...”