This item is a two-fer. First up, I’m recommending the best podcast available, bar none. It’s Slate.com’s Culture Gabfest. Do not be tempted by other, lesser gabfests. This is the one.
This week’s installment includes a discussion of a series that ran recently in the Guardian. Writers offered up their ten cardinal rules for writing fiction. Gems include:
- Jonathan Franzen: “Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting.”
- Hilary Mantel: “Are you serious about this? Then get an accountant.”
- Joyce Carol Oates: “Keep a light, hopeful heart. But expect the worst.”
The full lists are here.–David E