The Moving Finger

Notes on the Writing Life


What’s Harder to Write? A Novel or a Short Story?*


What the hell, I’m just going to come out and say it: short-form narrative prose is harder to write than that other kind of prose—you…


The Future of Writing in Unexplored Forms


Lately I have been thinking about the formal choices available to writers. Specifically fiction writers, as it’s where I spend most of my…


Introduction: Getting Things Written


A few years ago, I was asked to teach a graduate seminar on non-fiction writing at NYU’s Journalism School. At this point in my life, I had published a half-dozen books, and probably taught more than a dozen seminars over the years—classes on technology, media theory, popular culture, and literature. But I had never taught a class about writing itself…


Why Do Literary Readings Always Make Me Want to Kill Myself?


Because literary readings are subconsciously viewed as the cultural equivalent of bran. They’re good for us and therefore…

The Moving Finger
The Moving Finger

Notes on the Writing Life

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