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Byline: By W.D. Wetherell

On Prose: Letter to a young writer

10/31/19

I had a conversation with a young friend this summer, and since so many other young writers face the same concerns I thought it would be...

Rather than appearing on the book page, this column would probably work better as an obituary or an article on nostalgia. Who died? What’s vanished...

Though writers appreciate their friends asking “What are you working on now?” they often answer evasively, since so much can go wrong with a work...

On Prose: A writer who stared down evil

5/30/19

The 20th century grows smaller in our rearview mirror every day, but before it disappears entirely we should pay tribute to one of its greatest and...

Historians are sometimes asked, when a magazine plans a special issue, for example, to think back in time and pick the moment in American history...

A school playground at recess is a happy and heartening sight. Kids kicking a ball around, building a snowman, playing on the swings, bundled up...

Readers and writers in this corner of the world took three heavy hits in 2018, the implications of which are very discouraging. Books are a...

Fiction is invented, but not out of thin air. Where novelists and story writers find their plots and premises, their characters and settings, is a...

On Prose: Journeys With Jan Morris

7/13/18

If reading a book is like taking a journey, as so many have claimed, then the author functions as a kind of tour guide, showing readers the...

Writing talent is a subject you won’t find much writing on. The talented are too busy to take a stab at it; some — a precious few! — are far too...

Writers, the good ones, take full ownership of their words — their printed words. Off duty, away from the keyboard, a looser standard often kicks...

We returned from our trip to Iceland this summer with two souvenirs: a small Icelandic flag which we planted in our window box between geraniums...

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