Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process

(Editor)
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Product Details

Price
$18.00
Publisher
Penguin Books
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780143130840
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About the Author

Joe Fassler (Editor) is a writer based in Brooklyn. He regularly interviews authors for The Atlantic's "By Heart" series. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa MFA program, and his fiction has appeared in The Boston Review and Electric Literature. In 2011, his reporting for TheAtlantic.com was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Award in Journalism. He is currently a senior editor at The New Food Economy.

Doug McLean (Illustrator) is an artist and illustrator based in the Boston area. He has an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University and has been contributing drawings for the "By Heart" series since 2013.

Reviews

"For artists in need of a creative fix, Light the Dark is as good as a visit from the divine muse." -Bookpage

"These authors, with various backgrounds, tastes, and writing processes, demonstrate how an array of approaches can lead to stunning works. They emphasize the importance of creating a captivating voice and their struggles to mold opening sentences, but most important, they encourage aspiring artists to live fully, which will inform their writing. As they reveal what inspires them, they, in turn, inspire the reader, all while celebrating the beauty and purpose of art. With the personal appeal of Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing (1990) and Stephen King's On Writing (1999), this is a must for every writing-guide collection." -Booklist

"Essays as intimate as journal entries." -Oprah, "The 18 Best Books to Pick Up This Month"

"[Light the Dark] delves into the various ways a powerful encounter with art can shape the creative process." -Poets & Writers, "Best Books for Writers"

"The collection's best essays soar . . . The essays' variety and the heart and intelligence evident in many of them add up to a valuable book." -Publishers Weekly

"Luminous and appealing." -Kirkus Reviews

"Ever wondered about the single most important piece of writing that Elizabeth Gilbert has ever read? Or what book most inspired a young Junot DΓ­az? Or, do you just need some words of encouragement about writing from Roxane Gay? Pick up Light the Dark. It's a collection of anecdotes and advice from some of the world's most important authors who have definitely been in your shoes before." -Hello Giggles

"This is a book to treasure, one to read again and again." -CRAFT