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Franzen’s Rules for Fiction Writers

By Jonathan Franzen, for The Guardian:  1 The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator. 2 Fiction that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn’t worth writing for anything but money. 3 Never use the word “then” as a ­conjunction – we have “and” for this purpose. Substituting “then” is the… Continue reading Franzen’s Rules for Fiction Writers

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“On the Ground in Bamako”: My Interview With An Anthropologist

I spoke with anthropologist Bruce Whitehouse about being in Mali during the military coup that occurred this spring, and what it was like to become a correspondent for the media. For Construction magazine: “On his blog, Bridges From Bamako, Whitehouse documented not only snippets of his research findings, but also observations of daily life in Bamako during the… Continue reading “On the Ground in Bamako”: My Interview With An Anthropologist

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Jonathan Stray on how journalism can generate solutions

At Dowser.org, the site I’ve written for since early 2011, we investigate stories in the vein of solution journalism: “who’s solving what, and how.” Writing on his blog recently, journalist Jonathan Stray illuminated why this is important. “The only editorial mantra that ever made any sense to me comes from the Voice of San Diego new… Continue reading Jonathan Stray on how journalism can generate solutions