Craft Book Recommendation: The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

by Ruta Rimas July is coming to an end and so the back-to-school sales are on. These dog days of summer seem the right time, then, to recommend a back-to-basics text, one that plants the roots of good writing: The Elements of Style. It’s an informative, straightforward writing manual from the grandfather of writing instruction, William … Continue reading Craft Book Recommendation: The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

Reading About Writing Doesn’t Count as Writing

by Kristen Holt-Browning I am a sucker for any book that promises a glimpse into “the writer’s life”—books that, in discussing the daily practices of authors, will (I hope) offer a clear and well-trodden path to I can follow to literary accomplishment. There are plenty of books that offer this big-picture, life-of-the-writer perspective. I’m often … Continue reading Reading About Writing Doesn’t Count as Writing

Monogamist Writing: An Interview with Author (and GLB September Guest) Danielle Trussoni

by Julie Chibbaro We are lucky to live in the Hudson Valley near the Hudson River, which attracts many artists and writers to its luscious shores. Danielle Trussoni, along with her filmmaker husband Hadrien and her two children, is a recent transplant. Danielle will be our Get Lit Beacon guest in September 2018. Danielle is … Continue reading Monogamist Writing: An Interview with Author (and GLB September Guest) Danielle Trussoni

Interview with Author Diane Lapis: Hot on the Trail of Cocktails Across America

by Julie Chibbaro We recently hosted author Diane Lapis who, with her writing partner Anne Peck-Davis, just published an unusual book that offers a unique overview of midcentury cocktail culture, featuring both recipes, and reproductions of the postcards used to advertise popular lounges and bars of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. But it’s more than … Continue reading Interview with Author Diane Lapis: Hot on the Trail of Cocktails Across America

Paul Lisicky: An Essay, a Poem, a Story, and a Song

By Flora Stadler Author Paul Lisicky’s memoir The Narrow Door reads like a scrapbook elegy—its loss archived in love notes, fragments of feeling, snapshots of memory. The book (a New York Times Editors' Choice) documents the death of his longtime friend and fellow writer, Denise Gess, and the disintegration of his relationship with his ex-husband, writer Mark … Continue reading Paul Lisicky: An Essay, a Poem, a Story, and a Song