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"I think when you read Hemingway as a young writer, you begin to focus on the importance of every word. It's not about coming up always with the new word or the flashy diction, but it's about getting to a larger truth about subjectivity and character through the simple turns that...
Elizabeth McCracken muses on what it means to "kill your darlings."
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang shares why a fear of getting cultural diversity wrong shouldn't stop writers from trying to write diverse characters.
Actor Tony Plans reads "My Life with the Wave" by Nobel Prize laureate and NEA Big Read author, Octavio Paz.
Metro Nashville Arts Commission Executive Director Jennifer Cole ponders the changing role of the local arts agency.
"Inspiration is a powerful motivating influencer: an experience that offers possibility and breakthrough thinking. This is what I believe art can do in our society. It can provoke new thinking and perspective and can often invite us to experience the world with a new lens that taps into our...
Arts administrator and poet Jonathan Katz (NASAA's CEO) ruminates on what he's learned from poetry.
Some of NEA Chair Jane Chu's thoughts on the opportunities of creative leadership.
Just because it’s called the Big Read doesn’t mean little readers can’t be involved. Our Big Read communities design all sorts of programming geared toward children, and often choose children’s companion books that draw upon the same themes as the selected Big Read title...
In the late 1950s, while touring for the State Department, the jazz musician, Dave Brubeck became fascinated with the unusual meters he heard in the street music of Turkey and Bulgaria. Back in the U.S., he and composer Paul Desmond translated those elegant quintuple rhythms into a quartet, naming...

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