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A Few Tidbits on That Whole Over/Under 40 Fancy Writer Genius Thing

In the New York Times Sunday Book Review Sam Tannenhaus asks How Old Can a Young Writer Be?

Frequent commenter Amber Sparks weighs in.

Alex Balk talks about how for those of us nearing 40, time is running short.

Stephen Elliott has this to say.

Craft Notes / 88 Comments
June 11th, 2010 / 3:26 pm

I really enjoy The Awl, and today there’s an interesting article about why online commenters seem to revel in meanness.

New Excellent Crawl

“He’d say, ‘If it is familiar, it has not eaten you yet.’ ” -on cognitive fluency and disfluency.

GW: My only interest in photographing is photography. That’s really the answer. -an interview with photographer Garry Winogrand.

Yes yes yes! Bookforum editor and The Awl contributor Chris Lehmann has signed a book deal with Or Books–he’s expanding Rich People Things, a series originally for The Awl. Details here. Congratulations, Chris!

Weak human + machine + better process was superior to a strong computer alone and, more remarkably, superior to a strong human + machine + inferior process. -Garry Kasparov on chess and computers.


Writing the Great American Video Game.

Random / 9 Comments
February 5th, 2010 / 8:08 pm