Writing http://nhpr.org en 5.21.14: The Veterans Writing Project, Music Rivalries, And Making "Exile On Main Street" http://nhpr.org/post/52114-veterans-writing-project-music-rivalries-and-making-exile-main-street <p>As a soldier, an army officer, and then a Foreign Service officer Ron Capps experienced five wars in ten years, and came home with severe PTSD. Today on Word of Mouth, he discusses founding the Veterans Writing Project, and the power of the written word in coping with the psychic wounds of war. Then, from Scottish bag pipes in the mid-18<sup>th</sup> century to Metallica in the mid-2000s, we’ll take a brief tour through the history of music as a weapon of war. Plus, a diehard Oasis fan is forced to admit that the band’s rivalry with Blur has unfairly colored his perception for the past 20 years.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:11:12 +0000 Word of Mouth 48826 at http://nhpr.org 5.21.14: The Veterans Writing Project, Music Rivalries, And Making "Exile On Main Street" Audio Postcard: Tell Your Great Piece Of Fiction In Three Minutes http://nhpr.org/post/audio-postcard-tell-your-great-piece-fiction-three-minutes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Coming up with a great story is difficult enough.</p><p>But try telling that story in three minutes.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:08:36 +0000 Michael Brindley 43812 at http://nhpr.org Audio Postcard: Tell Your Great Piece Of Fiction In Three Minutes Writer Takes Typewriter To Park And Incites An Internet Riot http://nhpr.org/post/writer-takes-typewriter-park-and-incites-internet-riot <p>When <strong>Christopher Hermelin</strong> moved to New York, he lived like countless other jobless 20-somethings: no prospects, no money, and rent due at the first of the month. But instead of kicking around in a café, he <a href="http://www.theawl.com/2013/09/i-was-a-hated-hipster-meme-and-then-it-got-worse" target="_blank">hit the streets</a> with a ten dollar typewriter and a sign printed: &ldquo;Stories while you wait. Sliding scale, donate what you can.&rdquo; And&hellip;it worked! Passersby paid him to write one-of-a-kind stories on the spot. While he isn&rsquo;t the only person to make a living like this, on the streets of New York, he might be the one person whose photograph showed up on the internet. We&rsquo;ll let him pick up the story from there. <strong>Christopher Hermelin</strong> is &ldquo;<a href="http://rovingtypist.com/">The Roving Typist</a>.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:45:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36528 at http://nhpr.org Writer Takes Typewriter To Park And Incites An Internet Riot Amy Grace Loyd: The Woman Who Made Playboy A Great Read http://nhpr.org/post/amy-grace-loyd-woman-who-made-playboy-great-read <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We turn now to that exemplary literary magazine, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Playboy.</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; Hugh Hefner&rsquo;s magazine has always been about the centerfold and male fantasy and an air-brushed version of female sexuality&hellip;but it&#39;s also a great read. Really.</span></p><p>In 2005, writer <strong>Amy Grace Loyd</strong> was hired to revive <em>Playboy&rsquo;s</em> traditions of stories from the likes of Hunter S. Thompson and short fiction from Margaret Atwood, or that scandalous interview with Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter.&nbsp; Amy was <em>Playboy&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;Fiction and Literary Editor for seven years, and she recently <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/08/26/an_opera_of_breasts_but_i_really_did_read_playboy_for_the_articles/">wrote in <em>Salon</em></a> about some of the ribbing she took for a job she loved. She also&nbsp;recently published her first novel, called <a href="http://us.macmillan.com/theaffairsofothers/AmyLoyd">&ldquo;The Affairs of Others.&quot; Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:20:54 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36334 at http://nhpr.org Amy Grace Loyd: The Woman Who Made Playboy A Great Read Hey Authors: Quit Writing Books! http://nhpr.org/post/hey-authors-quit-writing-books <p>When was the last time you read a book? Not for work, not a kid’s bedtime story, but a real honest to goodness <em>book</em>, just for the pleasure of reading?</p><p>If you sheepishly answered, "more than a year ago," you’re not alone. A recent survey puts the number of Americans who have failed to crack a spine in more than a year at one in four. While new technological distractions have certainly cut into our reading time, our next guest would also like to blame the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisyphus">Sisyphean </a>task of merely trying to <em>choose</em> a book that’s worthy of reading. His solution? <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/16/writers-year-off-publishing">Authors should take a break from writing</a> to give readers a chance to catch up.</p><p><strong>Colin Robinson </strong>is a co-founder of the New York based independent publisher <a href="http://www.orbooks.com/">OR</a>.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:29:07 +0000 Taylor Quimby 34837 at http://nhpr.org Hey Authors: Quit Writing Books! What Makes a Great Short Story? http://nhpr.org/post/what-makes-great-short-story <p><em>Producer's note: Unfortunately, technical difficulties on Tom's end prevented him from being able to join us for this segment...but as he's one of our favorite writers, we will make every attempt to get him on the program soon! /RL</em></p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:10:27 +0000 Virginia Prescott 14406 at http://nhpr.org What Makes a Great Short Story? The Prose of a Practitioner http://nhpr.org/post/prose-practitioner <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_magazine">Literary journals</a> offer aspiring writers a window into the process of professional publishing and immersion in the community of writers. They are a mainstay of MFA programs, and as well as a number of graduate and post-grad programs in the sciences. We wanted to know more about the creative lives of America’s future practitioners after leafing through<a href="http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/lifelines/"><em> Lifelines</em></a>. That’s Dartmouth Medical School’s arts journal. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:47:21 +0000 Virginia Prescott 9382 at http://nhpr.org The Prose of a Practitioner From Police Report...to Prose http://nhpr.org/post/police-reportto-prose <p>Our Senior Producer reveals some of the tricks of the trade of her other career as a true crime writer.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 16:19:51 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Rebecca Lavoie 6312 at http://nhpr.org From Police Report...to Prose 5-0 Prose http://nhpr.org/post/5-0-prose <p>Ellen Collett speaks about her article "The Art of the Police Report," which drew lessons for crafting powerful prose from police reports filed by members of the Los Angeles Police Department.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 15:03:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 6306 at http://nhpr.org 5-0 Prose Jargon To Jabberwocky: 3 Books On Writing Well http://nhpr.org/post/jargon-jabberwocky-3-books-writing-well I'm an English professor, and I spent the first 15 years of my career trying to write like one. You might be surprised by what that's like. We don't emulate the fiction writers we most admire. We too rarely practice what we preach to our composition students — namely that good writing is simple and direct. In fact, we're notorious for maze-y sentences and ugly jargon. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:49:00 +0000 & 3225 at http://nhpr.org Jargon To Jabberwocky: 3 Books On Writing Well Three-Minute Fiction Round 8: She Closed The Book... http://nhpr.org/post/three-minute-fiction-round-8-she-closed-book Ready for some creative competition? Weekends on <em>All Things Considered</em> is launching Round 8 of its Three-Minute Fiction contest. Here's what we look for: original, short fiction that can be read in less than three minutes — that's no more than 600 words.<p>Each round, we have a judge who gives us a writing challenge. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 2422 at http://nhpr.org Three-Minute Fiction Round 8: She Closed The Book... Three Minute Fiction is Back! http://nhpr.org/post/three-minute-fiction-back <p>If you listen to All Things Considered often enough, you&rsquo;ll notice that many of the stories and conversations we share with you work out to around three minutes long.</p><p>NPR&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/" target="_blank">Weekend All Things Considered</a> has turned that scenario on its head, through its <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/105660765/three-minute-fiction" target="_blank">Three Minute Fiction</a> contest.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Brady Carlson & Guy Raz 2447 at http://nhpr.org Going Gourmet with Game http://nhpr.org/post/going-gourmet-game <p>Turns out, Field and Stream has a food editor.</p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:55:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1433 at http://nhpr.org Going Gourmet with Game Why Music Writing Matters in 2011 http://nhpr.org/post/why-music-writing-matters-2011 <p>New Yorker critic Alex Ross on the best music writing of 2011.</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 17:31:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1106 at http://nhpr.org Why Music Writing Matters in 2011