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Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process
Contributor(s): Fassler, Joe (Editor), Mclean, Doug (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0143130846     ISBN-13: 9780143130840
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: September 2017
Annotation: "What inspires you? That's the simple, but profound question more than forty renowned authors answer in LIGHT THE DARK. Each author picks a favorite passage--from a novel, a song, a poem--to reveal what gets them started and keeps them going doing the creative work they love. From there, incredible stories of life changing encounters with art emerge, like how sneaking a volume of Stephen King stories into his job as a night security guard helped Khaled Hosseini learn that nothing he creates will ever be truly finished. Or how discovering Toni Morrison's Beloved in college taught Junot Diaz how art can create communities of shared experience. Here is a stunning guide to creative living and writing in the vein of Bird by Bird, Big Magic, and Daily Rituals for anyone who wants to learn how great writers find inspiration and how to find some of your own. Writer Joe Fassler has been collecting these lessons in his beloved "By Heart" series for The Atlantic, spinning conversations with hundreds of authors intomotivating essays paired with striking illustrations. Light the Dark collects the best of "By Heart" and adds brand new pieces from award-winning writers like Marilynne Robinson, Junot Diaz, and Neil Gaiman"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.).
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Self-help | Creativity
- Literary Collections | Essays
- Language Arts & Disciplines | Composition & Creative Writing
Dewey: 153.35
LCCN: 2017003038
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.68 lbs) 334 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 June #4)

Asking writers to write about writing is a fraught proposition (is there anything new left to say?), but editor Fassler (Night Music) includes many gems among this anthology's 46 entries. Using the approach that he developed for the Atlantic's online series "By Heart," where some of these pieces were first published, Fassler asks each writer to find a life-changing passage of literature and make a case for why it matters. The collection's best essays soar; they include Mary Gaitskill on a scene from Anna Karenina, Tom Perrotta on Our Town's sense of ordinariness, and Ayana Mathis on James Baldwin and race. Stephen King, as always, is masterful on writing's nuts and bolts, in this case writing about a novel's opening sentence. The strongest essays focus on close readings of texts. Weaker essays become about the author and meander into clichés, such as that writing takes courage or that writers must trust themselves. The book would have benefited from brief author bios: not every writer is a household name. Nevertheless, the essays' variety and the heart and intelligence evident in many of them add up to a valuable book, one that leads readers back to treasured classics and forward to the works of these contemporary authors. Agent: Ellen Levine, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)

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