Envy, Narcissism, Depression and Creativity

Two weeks ago Facebook celebrated 10 years of making us depressed and envious by creating for each user a personalized video not unlike what you see in an Oscars "in memoriam" telecast. It was a wise move by Facebook's corporate brass to create a video starring ourselves, because academic studies show Facebook encourages narcissism; feeding the …

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Lit Journal Nugget: Ep;phany

Awhile back I had an epiphany; as I studied literary journals I would run reviews on this site. I then had a further epiphany; I would invite readers to submit their own. I'm pleased to feature the first guest post in the Lit Journal Nugget series, a review of Ep;phany by Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan, a great …

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You Can’t Be Published If You Don’t Play

"You can't win if you don't play," lottery jingles tell us. The same is true with our creative pursuits. For example, with creative writing, we won't be published if we don't submit. In a recent post, my friend Kate Arms Roberts posited the notion of "learning to fail better," which she found in Alice LaPlante's …

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Lit Journal Nugget: AGNI

I probably exceeded United Airlines' carry-on weight limits recently when I returned from the AWP Bookfair in Chicago with dozens of literary journals. Given that I plan to spend the next few months reading them and getting a better sense of what they're all about, I thought I should share what I find with you. …

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