Best Writing Music of 2016
December 9, 2016
What’s your favorite writing music from 2016?
Over at Spotify, I rounded up my annual list of the best music that helped me write this year. That’s 21 hours of inspiring instrumental music for your writing pleasure…
During my days as the editor of GalleyCat, I created a collection of other Spotify playlists from some of my favorite writers. I’ve linked to them below…
Haruki Murakami Spotify Playlist
My playlist the Japanese novelist included songs mentioned in Murakami’s novels South of the Border, West of the Sun, Norwegian Wood, and 1Q84.
Writer’s Guide to Patreon
December 5, 2016
Are you struggling to find a way to support a long-term creative project?
Over at GalleyCat, I wrote an essay to help creators use Patreon to fund ongoing writing projects.
It’s called “What Writers Need To Know About Patreon.” Here’s an excerpt:
“Patreon helps creators of everything from web videos to novels to comics raise a “sustainable income” for their work, building a community of fans who provide monthly support. Horror novelist Aaron Mahnke has 2,204 patrons on his Patreon page, earning a total of $11,167 per month to make his popular podcast about scary stories throughout history.”
Delmore Schwartz on the Sad Men Podcast
May 4, 2016
The fourth episode of the Sad Men Podcast is up, looking at the poetry and prose of Delmore Schwartz.
Poet and author Craig Morgan Teicher joined us, talking about how the Great Depression reshaped the life and work of the poet.
You can read Schwartz’s work in the brand new collection, “Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz.” Our episode focused on Schwartz’s great poem, “Tired and Unhappy, You Think of Houses.”
Internet Connected Toys
February 23, 2016
Before the holidays, I wrote an essay about Hello Barbie and Internet-connected toys for Salon.
Check it out:
“My stomach hurts when I think about some computer-stuffed doll replacing my role in her imaginary games. Every morning, I follow in my daughter’s wake during these epic play sessions, carried back to the imaginary places I used to visit as a kid.
“But these toys are truly the future. Toy and app makers have created thousands of digital doodads to replace imaginary friends and real-life play with parents. From virtual reality goggles to talking dolls to solitary apps, digital toys threaten to destroy make-believe play traditionally shared between caregivers and kids.
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Sad Men Podcast: James Agee & Johanna Skibsrud
November 29, 2015
I just released a new episode of the Sad Men Podcast. This edition explores LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN, a Depression-era book by the great James Agee.
Giller Prize-winning author Johanna Skibsrud joins us for the podcast, explaining how Agee’s work influenced her novel, QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME.
I created this podcast, telling the stories of how a generation of men and women writers survived the Great Depression. You can download the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud.