Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of the Single Story

"The single story creates stereotypes. And the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story . . . The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult." Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED… Continue reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of the Single Story

The Believer Interview with Sarah Shun-lien Bynym

Read Sarah Shun-lien Bynum's interview with Ali Liebegott in The Believer here. "I’ve had a lot of people giving me the right pushes and nudges, and I had a friend who nudged me to take a fiction workshop with her that was offered at night at Columbia through their school for General Studies. She urged me… Continue reading The Believer Interview with Sarah Shun-lien Bynym

Interview with Joyce Carol Oates

Read Tin House's interview with Joyce Carol Oates here. "Oates is just such a living puzzle: A funny and soft-spoken writer who often writes about violent extremes. A generous teacher who finds time to be one of our most prolific writers." Tin House: Which books of yours came to you naturally? And why? Oates: “Naturally”?—none.  … Continue reading Interview with Joyce Carol Oates

Rachel Jelinek on Finding Creativity through Experiences

A writer cannot simply sit around, hoping that an idea for a book will just magically appear. Instead, they have to leave their home and experience the world around them. And because money does not grow on trees, they will be prevented from experiencing everything they’ve ever wanted. But if that’s the case, then a… Continue reading Rachel Jelinek on Finding Creativity through Experiences

Thomas Merton on Good Books

[Books] that speak like good men hold us by their human charm; we grow by finding ourselves in them. They teach us to know ourselves better by recognizing ourselves in another. Books that speak like the noise of multitudes reduce us to despair by the sheer weight of their emptiness. -Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude