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Marcel Proust on What Writing Is

Marcel Proust died of pneumonia at fifty-one, in Paris, on November 18th, and last year was the centenary of his death. Since I first read “ In Search of Lost Time,” his immense and unique autobiographical novel, a long passage about what writing is—from “ Time Regained,” the seventh and last volume—has stayed with me.

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Kathie Giorgio’s Creative Space for Writers Everywhere

As a long-time writer and educator, Kathie Giorgio is no stranger to the emotional impact words can have. The importance of a good piece of writing and how a story can uplift, inspire, and change one’s life is not lost on her, as she uses her talent for the best possible task: to share it

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A Century On, the Search for the Real Franz Kafka Continues

The first time Franz Kafka’s voice entered my head, I was 15. Two new friends I’d made through our shared interest in literature had introduced me to his fiction, and we took turns reading the Willa and Edwin Muir translations to each other in the high school library. I distinctly recall the three of us

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My 8,000-mile writer’s retreat: A worthy and welcome return to creativity

Larry Burns is a writer and artist. Using the persona mylarr, his current work, “Taking Shelter In…,” is part of a group show, “The 52 Project,” at the Riverside Art Museum. It is set to run through April 30. I’ve never been on a writer’s retreat. As a creative person, I’ve tried countless tactics to

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Remembering Paul La Farge, Writer and Friend

Paul La Farge and I used to roam up and down the mid-Hudson Valley looking for a new place to have a bite or a tipple. One overcast day, we pulled up to a bar that had a reputation for the roughness of its clientele. We could see the grizzled men within and the equally

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