January 2013

Bookmark This: The (Original) Proust Questionnaire

We're big fans of "The Proust Questionnaire," Vanity Fair's serial back page interview. The format is based on a 19th century parlor game, but the magazine feature itself is named for French novelist Marcel Proust. Below we've reposted Proust's own answers from 1892.

Writing in Bars

The Thing About Bookstores

During our mid-December orientation, each participant was assigned a couple of books to read. We were to read the supplemental material by this past Tuesday—the day we began workshop. My assignment: Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, and the novel Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami. Sounded great.

Bookmark This: The 10 Best Narrators in Literature

Publisher's Weekly was so enamored with Oppen Porter, the narrator of Antoine Wilson's Panorama City, that they asked Antoine to list his ten favorite narrators of all time. Our current Mark program instructor introduces his list by designating two narrator types. Read on below or check out the Publisher's Weekly page.

Avoid The Nipple

Photo credit: Corbis

Resolutions, Rituals, and Routines

I imagine the new year like this: a whole calendar laid bare, waiting to be marked up—month by month, day by day, moment by moment, by who we are and what we will do with ourselves in this new parameter of time.