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Frances Mayes

“[Keats] aspired to what he called Negative Capability, when one is ‘capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after facts and reason.’ At the end of this day, that’s my takeaway. Facts and reasons can...

Haruki Murakami

“Writing novels is much the same. You gather up bones and make your gate, but no matter how wonderful the gate might be, that alone doesn’t make it a living breathing novel. A story is not something of this world. A real story requires a kind of magical baptism...

Alison Bechdel

The writer’s business is to find the shape in unruly life and to serve her story. Not, you may note, to serve her family, or to serve the truth, but to serve the story. Alison Bechdel is an American cartoonist, most well-known for her graphic novel, Fun Home: A...

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is one of the most prominent American writers, activists, and creative minds in recent history. Angelou has an extensive list of published works, including the famous biography of her youth I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Heart of a Woman, and Letter...

Margaret Atwood

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word. Margaret Atwood is the poet and novelist behind the Handmaid’s Tale. She is well known for her feminist literary works, poetry collections, short stories, and literary criticism. She has received dozens of...