Author Jessica Francis Kane explains how the Roman emperor's words about perseverance have helped her career.
The author of The Kite Runner and And the Mountains Echoed touts the introduction of Stephen King's "The Body" as a poignant encapsulation of an author's limitations.
Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon, makes the case.
Author Anthony Marra read new meaning into a line from Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son, years after that line had altered the way Marra thought about writing.
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us author Michael Moss discusses just how apt the Lay's slogan "Betcha can't eat just one" is.
For Pollan, "eating is an agricultural act" offers more insight into how food relates to the world than Thoreau or Emerson's words ever could.
Fiona Maazel, the author of Woke Up Lonely and Last Last Chance, shares her favorite passage from her former teacher Jim Shepard.
Author Aatish Taseer, a chronicler of young Muslims, shares his favorite Naipaul passage.
Novelist Jim Crace, whose prose has been analyzed by mathematicians for its rhythm, learned his technique from the childhood counting game 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor.'
Author Steven Barthelme shares how he came to appreciate 'Lady With Lapdog.'
Reading a passage about the unresolved desire to fill the empty spaces in a life helped the author understand her own grief.
A George Oppen poem about bereavement amazes poet Jeffrey Yang, and even connected him to a fellow poet.
The author benefited from adopting Murakami's philosophy of prioritizing fitness in order to maximize creativity.
The prolific author remembers a quote from Albert Camus about the Greek myth of King Sisyphus when she gets discouraged.
Author Benjamin Nugent shares the passage of 'The Corrections' that influenced his new novel.
The author of 'Go the Fuck to Sleep' shares the Michel de Montaigne aphorism he writes by.
'Drinking With Men' author Rosie Schaap found this poem when she needed it most.
The 'Twelve Tribes of Hattie' author shares her thoughts on a 1937 work by Osip Mandelstam. Plus: a song!
The 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' author says her inspiration is minimalist architect Mies van de Rohe.
The acclaimed novelist shares the passage from 'The Long Goodbye' that made him an author.