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From the master storyteller of His Dark Materials trilogy, comes a collection of essays and lectures on the art and power of storytelling. Pullman shares personal theories, curiosities and passions on themes ranging from the practice of writing to the connections between science and stories. I found the “topic finder” at the beginning of the book to be extremely helpful. Read freely. The more exploratory you are, the more you tend to gain from Pullman’s wisdom, as he aptly says by borrowing from Muhammad Ali’s famous quote, “read like a butterfly, write like a bee.” Start fluttering about!


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ISBN: 9780525521174
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

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This is the kind of book I want to read and write: a meditation on poetics of person, ancestry and place; Hayes opens the world of Etheridge Knight, a "black poet, ex con, conman, teacher, junkie, son” who influenced and was influenced by Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Robert Bly, Claudia Rankine, and Terrance Hayes, among others. This is a book where if you did not know who Etheridge Knight was, you want to read him. And if you did, you want to re-read him, and those who are his contemporaries. Hayes gifts us a homage and a master class on poetry of the soul and the flesh; a collection of essays as “motley, adrift” as a poet's life can be. 

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ISBN: 9781940696614
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Published: Wave Books - September 4th, 2018

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The Milk Bowl of Feathers is “Essential Surrealist Writings”, all the more so for being made of so many underrecognized creators and works. It’s poetry; it’s stories and their excerpts; it’s manifestos and niggling obsessions. It’s an excellent primer: short and diverse, with every piece adding something that could only be added by that piece in particular. It’s a great reminder that the most radical writers and thinkers were responsible for the most beautiful love notes (see: Breton’s “Dear Hazel of Squirrelnut, see: Robert Desnos’s “I Have Dreamed of You So Much”, see: everything by Paul Eluard). And it’s a refreshing and perfectly unconventional gift book.

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By Mary Ann Caws (Editor)
ISBN: 9780811227070
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Published: New Directions - September 25th, 2018