How To Write Better: Borrowing From Chemistry

How To Write Better: Borrowing From Chemistry by @DFriedmanAuthor #write #writer #chemistry

Better Writing Through Chemistry  In 1935, Dupont promised they’d bring us better living through chemistry. Today, the phrase is used ironically for movie and album titles and most especially to describe recreational drug use. Acknowledging that chemistry has improved our lives is bromidic. Less well known is that the chemical lexicon, demonstrably miscible with our…

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Although I had tried to make The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers as comprehensive as possible, as I acknowledged in the preface, I knew that with new writer-artists appearing every day that it would be out of date as soon as it was published.  Omissions were partially rectified with two large exhibitions…

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We’ve all had those head-thumping moments—coming up with the crushing argument when our adversary is long gone, remembering the ingredient left out of the casserole, the part that should have been done or installed before the part just finished with.  Many such omissions are fixable, even if at some cost or inconvenience.  But imagine writing…

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Prolific Poet William Jay Smith Somehow Found Time to Paint

Prolific Poet William Jay Smith Remarkably Found Time to Paint

Writer-Artist 10: William Jay Smith 97 years old when he died, William Jay Smith apparently wasted not a minute of them. U.S. Poet Laureate Achieving national publication of a poem at 14, it was probably unsurprising that Smith would end up Poet Laureate of the United States, a member of the American Academy of Arts…

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Tess Callahan Squints at the Page as well as the Canvas

Tess Callahan Squints at the Page as well as the Canvas

Writer-Artist 9: Tess Callahan “The constraints we rail against may be the very ones we need.” A short story writer and essayist whose work has appeared in such prestigious venues as AGNI, Narrative Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine, Tess Callahan’s widely praised, multiply translated, debut novel April and Oliver was declared by The…

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The Drawings of Nobel Prize Winning Author Joseph Brodsky

The Drawings of Nobel-Prize Winning Author Joseph Brodsky by @DFriedmanAuthor #Drawings #Artists #Writers

Writer-Artist Eight: Joseph Brodsky “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” The greatest Russian poet of his generation, Nobel Prize-winner, Poet Laureate of the United States, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Joseph Brodsky illustrated many of his writings. Drawings and Writing  Although he…

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Literary Figures Painted and Drawn by Their Creators

Literary Figures Painted and Drawn by Their Creators by @DFriedmanAuthor #Literary #LiteraryFigures

LitHub editor Emily Temple just posted an article about some literary figures who have been depicted by famous artists—like Roy Lichtenstein’s TinTin, Picasso’s Don Quixote, and Rockwell Kent’s Captain Ahab.   There are more than 400 plates of artwork by writers in my book The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers, but until…

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The Stunning Visual Art of Author Annie Weatherwax

The Stunning Visual Art of Author Annie Weatherwax by @DFriedmanAuthor #VisualArt #VisuArtist #Writer #Artist

Writer-Artist Six: Annie Weatherwax Annie Weatherwax, novelist, short story writer, essayist, and visual artist was the 2009 winner of the Robert Olen Butler Prize for Fiction for her story “The Possibility of Things.” Her novel, All We Had, was turned into a movie directed by Katie Holmes. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The…

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Join Me For a Rare Look at Author Annie Proulx’s Art

Join Me For a Rare Look at Author Annie Proulx's Art by @DFriedmanAuthor #art #annieproulx #painting

Writer-Artist Five: Annie Proulx “It is a kind of pleasurable note-taking.” ~ Annie Proulx The Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Pen-Faulkner Award, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction-winning novelist, short story writer, and journalist, most famous for The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx is also a painter, using her artistic skills to…

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The Story Behind This Rare Drawing by Jorge Luis Borges

The Story Behind This Rare Drawing by Jorge Luis Borges by @DFriedmanAuthor #Drawing #Artists #Writers

Writer-Artist Four: Jorge Luis Borges   Jorge Luis Borges, the great Argentinian master of both philosophical and fantasy literature, of whom Nobelist J. M. Coetzee wrote: “He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction,” produced little visual art. After progressive deterioration of his eyesight, he went totally blind at 55. The only surviving work…

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Whose Dog Are You?

Whose Dog Are You? by @DFriedmanAuthor #Dog #Dogs #Life #Religion

From a scholarly friend comes “Whose dog are you?” It seems Alexander Pope’s bitch, Bounce, whelped a number of pups, one of which he gave to the Prince of Wales in 1736 to guard his house in Kew.  The poet engraved this epigram on the collar: I am his Highness’ Dog at Kew; Pray tell…

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Tom Wolfe Interview

“The scene today is wonderful.” ~ Tom Wolfe To find out more about Tom Wolfe and other writers, check out The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers for more than 400 plates of artwork by great writers and the stories behind them. Connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Medium, YouTube, Goodreads, and please sign up for my blog! You can purchase The Writer’s Brush and other books…

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