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Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems" (Rebroadcast) | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems" (Rebroadcast) | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR | Literary Greats | Scoop.it
Billy Collins has been called the most famous poet in America. The former U.S. Poet Laureate on his new collection, how he writes a poem and his efforts to bring poetry to public spaces.
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27:57:  "What we are suffering from in contempory times is not an excess of information, we are suffering from an excess of insignificance. With media like facebook, there is an assumption that the world wants to know that you are going out for pizza...there must be better things to do, like studying latin or something."

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97 Things You Didn't Know About William S. Burroughs

97 Things You Didn't Know About William S. Burroughs | Literary Greats | Scoop.it
Writer, philosopher, artist, and co-founder of the Beat Generation, William S. Burroughs — who died in 1997 at the age of 83 — continues to be a vital cultural force today. The author of books like...
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Charles Bukowski, pitchman | MobyLives

Charles Bukowski, pitchman | MobyLives | Literary Greats | Scoop.it
Sixteen years after Fred Astaire dueted with a Dirt Devil, and ten years after Jack Kerouac sold khakis for the GAP, it seems advertisers have finally perfected the art of matching pitchman to product.
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"If it doesn't come bursting out of you in spite of everything...

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The Real Dead Poets Society: How America Buries Its Famous Writers

The Real Dead Poets Society: How America Buries Its Famous Writers | Literary Greats | Scoop.it
There's no rule for how to properly commemorate a literary great—so some authors' grave sites are more modest than mausoleum.
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The Torrid Love Letters of Famous Authors

The Torrid Love Letters of Famous Authors | Literary Greats | Scoop.it
The loving, touching, and downright weird things that the literary greats wrote to their lovers
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A Plot Twist We All Saw Coming: Writers Like Alcohol

A Plot Twist We All Saw Coming: Writers Like Alcohol | Literary Greats | Scoop.it
The notion that the creative muse can be found in booze is as old as the ancient Greek myths. Literary genius, unlocked by alcohol, is part of the legend
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Flavorwire » Take a Dip: Literary Greats In Their Bathing Suits

Flavorwire » Take a Dip: Literary Greats In Their Bathing Suits | Literary Greats | Scoop.it

Do writers look sexy in bathing suits? See for yourself with these photos of literary greats clad in the itsy bitsy!


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rougier marie's comment, July 18, 2011 9:49 PM
Really iconoclast !
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F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret of Great Writing

F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret of Great Writing | Literary Greats | Scoop.it

What is the secret of great writing? For David Foster Wallace, it was about fun. For Henry Miller, about discovery. Susan Sontag saw it as self-exploration. Many literary greats anchored it to their daily routines. And yet, the answer remains elusive and ever-changing.

 

In the fall of 1938, Radcliffe College sophomore Frances Turnbull sent her latest short story to family friend F. Scott Fitzgerald. His response, found in F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters  echoes Anaïs Nin’s insistence upon the importance of emotional investment in writing and offers some uncompromisingly honest advice on essence of great writing:

 


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