“Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love” divided into sections for each point in the writing process; from getting started, to revision and productivity. Authors feature include a wide range of writers, such as Pulitzer Prize winning Jane Smiley, Wilco’s lead singer Jeff Tweedy, and poet Billy Collins.
OK, yes, this article was written early in 2014, but still provides some of the very best and moving slam poems on the YouTube. I’m adding my most recent favorite to this list as well… Jesse Parent’s more recent performance of “Replay,” featured here on DIGG as well as on Button Poetry.
This list includes beautifully printed books from tattoos to spirituality without religion, to the oldest things on the earth. The articles also includes several links to other best of books lists, see below intro by the author.
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“I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. After such reverse-resolution reading lists for the best children’s books, art, design, and photography books, science books, philosophy and psychology books, best biographies, memoirs, and history books, here comes the annual wholly subjective selection of the fourteen most rewarding books of 2014 overall, in no particular order.”–Maria Popova
Second on both lists is a film I first saw at Sundance while volunteering last year. I was blown away by the originality, cinematography, and stylistic choices made by the director. Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour also delivered the best Q&A I’ve ever witnessed at Sundance—she is down to earth, honest, and a pleasure to speak with. If there’s one film on this list you don’t want to miss, it’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” My plan is to see them all.
From the Newsweek article, Paula Mejia describes the film as “This feat from director Ana Lily Amirpour is part neo-noir, part Western, and simmers in long, black-and-white takes. This beautiful story is one of vengeance and love, which, as we learn, might be more perilous than death.”