Author Yiyun Li doesn't just study people on the subway—she studies her characters, unflinchingly imagining their gaze until she understands them fully.
The first published works from the creator of the best show on television were dark, philosophical pieces of fiction in The Atlantic.
Thirty Girls author Susan Minot says great writing—like T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"—is a source of nourishment readers turn to again and again.
The Nobel Prize winner is a role model for writers looking to bridge the personal, domestic details of the short story with the global forces of history, author Kyle Minor says.
The Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, who died today at age 88, revealed to The Atlantic in 1992 and 2002 the ways education had influenced her work.
The lesson author Dorthe Nors took from Ingmar Bergman: It's not drugs, poverty, or wild lovers that make a great writer. It's discipline and time alone.
Discuss an acclaimed romance with our Twitter book club all this month.
Looking back on a troubled union, Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation nails the mundane intimacy and emotional complexity of married life after the "happily ever after."
Rebecca Mead, New Yorker staff writer and author of My Life in Middlemarch, shares what Eliot's Middlemarch taught her about love, marriage, and journalism.
Dismissing the classics' shortcomings as just a reflection of the era's norms mischaracterizes history and undermines the books' very relevance.
The Irish author's latest novel, The Guts, does what Doyle has done since he first published The Commitments: expertly weave sadness, tenderness, awkwardness, and pride into every page.
The actress's claims have horrified Orwell devotees, but if the book's romantic plot isn't convincing, it's only because the dystopian classic itself is flawed.
Author and journalist Jennifer Percy was a committed physics major until a Lawrence Sargent Hall story showed her a more satisfying way to approach life's complexities.
Author Ben Marcus says the beautiful but sorrowful strangeness of Kafka's "A Message from the Emperor" make it a perfect piece of writing.
The veteran author says Theodore Roethke's poetry is a reminder that sometimes you're hot, sometimes you're not.
Being a writer means knowing when to let go of bad ideas. And good ones.
Join our Twitter book club to read Eleanor Catton's astrological murder mystery.
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