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This Writer’s Life
Everyone’s favorite MFA student, our “Writer’s Life” columnist Kevin Alexander gives his witty take on starting a writing career. Join in his often amusing, occasionally heartfelt experiences trying to get a leg up in this challenging field. Kevin will be posting to his blog weekly so sign up for an e-mail alert for his latest musings.
I can’t tell you how sorry I am, friends, for this neglect. I feel like the divorced dad who thinks he’s cool because every once in awhile he shows up with a … Read more
I, friends, am not tech savvy. Yes, technically I have a blog, which, in 2002, would’ve very nearly made me a candidate for some venture capital cash money, but this is the … Read more
There was a brilliant article in the New Yorker from March 9th about David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max titled “The Unfinished.” It’s hella long, but intensely interesting, and if you want … Read more
So obviously, the timing on this will seem off, but I wrote the majority of this blog entry at 5 AM during a rest stop in the midst of a marathon session … Read more
Friends, Post my little public display of reflection, I received a prompt and timely email from the new WD editor, who then quickly got to the bottom of said issue (turns out … Read more
Hi, friends. You may be wondering why I haven’t posted on my blog in several weather cycles. I would wonder, if I were you, because you seem like such a concerned reader, … Read more
Note: Apologies on the wild swings in blog posting time. I’m going to get back on the Tues or Wed posting schedule, just as soon as I’m not overwhelmed with deadlines and … Read more
If you cared to notice, friends, last week I did(n’t) accomplish two of my goals; one of which was to play Ice Hockey on Nintendo using the time-tested strategy of two fat … Read more
The funny thing about this blog entry, friends, is that I shouldn’t be writing it. I have a deadline that is two days past its expiration date, it is 11:35 PM at … Read more
Apologies for the 24 hour delay, friends. I spent all of yesterday battling through a return to work that included responding to (roughly!) 23 work emails and (definitely less than!) 4 phone … Read more
Gracious Friends, As per the orders strictly worded in my 70 page WD blogging contract, I am going off air from now until January 6th, when I shall reappear in the New … Read more
Friends, you’ll have to excuse the economy of words I’m using today, as I’m actually in the midst of reporting out a story for Boston Globe’s Sunday Magazine — obviously I can’t … Read more
There is an article in the NY Times from December 5 about the troubles people face in book clubs. Click here to read it. And click here to watch Young MC … Read more
Hello, friends. I hope your Thanksgiving was a generously portioned and lacked any sort of drama involving your sister, her frequent Facebook status updates, and the phrase, “too-cool-for-school loser.” I ate enough … Read more
History has shown that periodicals like to ask authors, “how long did it take you to write this book?” and the answers are startlingly different, ranging from “twenty two years” to “two … Read more
The weather in Boston has finally re-arrived at cold, a situation that always feels like it’s right around the corner, even in July when I’m writing outside in my sports bra and … Read more
You, friends, know what time it is. It’s time for the third installation of what critics have called, “kind of lazy, but definitely better than listening to you rattle on for 600 … Read more
Little known fact: I was a political science major in college, friends. I had a very real interest in the science of politics, an interest that almost pushed me into the work-heavy … Read more
This week is, of course, Halloween– our tribute to the old Celtic festival Samhain, and the appropriate time for the professions of nurse/doctor/army chick/hobbit to suddenly become intensely “sexy.” A lot of … Read more
Friends–a little ways back I made reference to how impossible it was to jump back into something after you’ve been away from it for so long, and I made a sweepingly clever … Read more
Friends–I’ve spent much of the last week in the girlish splendor of NorCal, out at Stanford’s homecoming– a school I didn’t attend– appropriating much more than my standard allotment of Vitamin D … Read more
As most of you may know by now, our venerable editor-in-chief Maria Schneider is leaving the magazine to pursue other options, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a … Read more
The Fall is my prime writing time, friends. It is my favorite time of year– you get to drink apple cider, and eat apple-based pies, and the temperature is that perfect 60ish … Read more
Something Kind of Suspicious (Maybe) Welcome back to our 2nd edition of the Choose Your Own Commenting Adventure. As we stated with the first one, have fun with it, but also, try … Read more
I’m going to interrupt my normal tone because I want to talk about the writer David Foster Wallace’s suicide. For those of you who don’t know who he is, I’ll link to … Read more