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On Writing: David Ogilvy

On Writing: David Ogilvy

On September 7th, 1982, David Ogilvy sent the following internal memo to all agency employees, titled “How to Write”. On Writing: David Ogilvy "The better you write, the higher you go in Ogilvy & Mather. People who think well, write well. Woolly minded people write…

Dorothy Parker: On Writing

Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist. Taken from The Paris Review interview by Marion Capron How do you actually write out a story? It takes me six months to do a story. I think it out and then write it sentence…

Literature’s 10 Most Desperate Housewives

1. Emma Bovary – Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert “Everything immediately surrounding her — boring countryside, inane petty bourgeois, the mediocrity of daily life — seemed to her the exception rather than the rule. She had been caught in it all by some accident: out beyond,…

Major Bestsellers With More Than 150 One-Star Reviews

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James (3,665 one-star reviews) 2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (717 one-star reviews) 3. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin (456 one-star reviews) 4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by  Stieg Larsson (432 one-star reviews) 5. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (248 one-star reviews) 6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (262 one-star reviews) 7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (194…

10 Odes To Famous Writers

“The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” — Prince “Bukowski” — Modest Mouse  “Hey Jack Kerouac” — 10,000 Maniacs  “ee cummings” — Timesbold  “Graham Greene” — John Cale  “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” — Kiss Me Kate  “The Jean Genie” — David Bowie  “Girl Who Wanted to be…

25 Authors As Adjectives

(J.K.) Rowlingesque Rife with magical puns. (Don) DeLilloian Marked by a strong sense of nothingness, displacement, dislocation and disassociation. (Philip) Rothian Of or pertaining to American masturbation. (Lydia) Davisian Able to speak volumes in just a few words. (Neil) Gaimanesque Highly allusive, particularly in regards to fairy tales and fantasy.…
John Irving: On Writing

John Irving: On Writing

John Irving is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. He was born born 2 March 1942. His novels include The World According To Garp, A Widow for One Year, The Cider House Rules, and A Prayer for Owen Meany. Many of his novels have been adapted for film. He…
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