It may be horrifying for lay folks to learn this fact, but there is a mantra in residency called, “watch one, do one, teach one.” As an intern, I did not have the luxury of watching scores of intravenous insertions before I tackled my own. Lumbar punctures are done less frequently. If I’d been supervised [...]
By John Weeks On June 16th, the literary world will celebrate Bloomsday in honor of James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses. This retelling of The Odyssey takes place on June 16th, 1904, and follows its hero, Leopold Bloom, as he journeys through Dublin to reconnect with his wife. On June 16th, Joyce fans the world over will [...]
By Celeste Ng Recently I read an anecdote about Nabokov: a student asked if he had any talent, and Nabokov pointed to the window and asked him to identify the tree outside. When the student came up blank, Nabokov dismissed him: “You’ll never be a writer.” For a long time I would have heartily disagreed, [...]
It’s been a few weeks now since Amanda Palmer took the stage at the Muse as part of our NEA- funded Publish it Forward series. If you missed it, you should grab a coffee and spend 30 minutes watching her Publish It Forward talk “Connecting The Dots” right now. It’s the best talk I’ve ever seen [...]
By Sharon Bially Over the past few months I’ve spoken to two authors who’d signed with the same, well-reputed PR firm for a book launch campaign, paid a considerable amount of money and then…nothing. Barely a review or author interview to show for the firm’s initial promises and excitement. (For the record, this was not [...]
Many, many of you from all over the world have asked for them, and now they’re finally here: Grub Street classes are going online! As an online student, you’ll enter a smooth platform full of dynamic lessons, compelling assignments, readings, and more. For some classes, live meetings with audio, video, and/or chat will let you [...]
I’ve been rereading two of my very favorite books: Coraline by Neil Gaiman and We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson. Why? I could bore you with woeful tales of needing a book to obsess me and not finding it lately (suggestions welcomed!) but really, it all comes down to magic. Both [...]
“I love writing,” said a Grubbie in a one-to-one Career Boost, “but whenever I announce that I’m a writer, someone always asks me what novels I have in print. When I tell them I’m unpublished, they give me a pitying look, and I feel like a failure.” Of course, this writer is far from being [...]
I am due to give birth in four days, and I am ready to crawl out of my skin from impatience. I’ve done everything safely possible to get things going—yoga, walking, red raspberry leaf tea, primrose oil, spicy food, you name it. But my little boy is cozy and comfortable and doesn’t seem like [...]
By Michelle Seaton Years ago, I was an assistant editor at a regional magazine. We were set to publish a piece written by a man who specialized in rescuing abused animals, including circus animals. The story detailed a relationship he’d had with a former circus elephant that had attacked and nearly killed him several times. [...]
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