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Bookmark This: Carlos Fuentes in The Paris Review

Carlos Fuentes, an internationally beloved writer whose novels focused on the history and social complexities of his native Mexico, has died. In addition to his literary contributions, Fuentes was a political activist and a diplomat. Read more about his life and work in his New York Times obituary.

Bookmark This: Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor's Mystery and Manners is filled with wise words on craft. Here is a selection from the chapter "Writing Short Stories," though her advice can be used within all genres and forms.

Bookmark This: A Lesson in Brevity

This week's Bookmark This is a lesson in brevity. In Hemingway's "A Very Short Story," years pass, wars are fought, and love is found and lost, all on a single page. In the traditional Hemingway style, the narrative takes an abrupt turn. Check out a great analysis of the story here.

Bookmark This: The Writer's Notebook

Bookmark This is a weekly blog post featuring insight on craft and the writing life.

Bookmark This: Brain Pickings' 9 Books on Reading and Writing

Bookmark This is a weekly post featuring insight on craft and the writing life. 

BOOKMARK THIS: "On Keeping a Notebook" by Joan Didion

Bookmark This is a weekly post featuring insight on craft and the writing life.

Recently, the Mark Blog fell in love with Joan Didion's essay, "On Keeping a Notebook." We are eager to share a portion of it with our readers, especially in light of Shanna Mahin's defense of memoir.