• Why We Write Love this, from Grant Snider’s Incidental Comics: For further explanation, please consider the Art-Fame-Soul Diagram. Literary Man 0 Comments March 3, 2015
  • “Let Yourself be Gutted… Start Here.” OMG. OH MY GOD. Have you read Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed yet?!? This book is such a power house of wonderful bad assness. If you haven’t read this book you must. Really. It left me, a non crier, sobbing at Laguardia, sipping my tea and reading this line over and over: “My mother’s last word […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments December 12, 2014
  • Where Do You Write? The writer’s desk, a sacred space of courting the muse, of blocking out the noise, and getting down to work. For me, I need to see the people I love, the writers I admire, and it doesn’t hurt to have a bunch of other random shit just lying around. And, yes, that’s a Heady Topper […] Literary Man 0 Comments September 16, 2014
  • Reflections on the Great Sylvia Plath “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar Today, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Sylvia Plath, we’d like to take a moment to direct you to The Guardian’s lovely collection of reflections on the legacy […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments February 11, 2013
  • We love: Keel’s Simple Diary Over the last few months, we’ve become absolutely addicted to Keel’s Simple Diary, a way for non-diary people to become diary people. Many writers including Sylvia Plath, John Cheever, Albert Camus, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky kept volumes of journals but we’ve never been able to keep one up. With this journal, we’ve found the perfect marriage […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments February 7, 2013
  • Vebal Vixen’s Favorite Books of 2012 This year has been a year full of books. Here at The Literary Man homestead, we collect books quite literally by the hundreds, and this year brought many worthy additions to our shelves. It’s hard to choose the top 10 books of the year, as time gets muddled and I’ve questioned, “Did I read this […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments December 26, 2012
  • In Response to The Art-Fame-Soul Diagram This comment, from Patricia Aster, was too lovely not to share with our readers in response to the query “Why do we write?” posted in the visual form of The Art-Fame-Soul Diagram. It’s a brilliantly phrased reminder of how important it is to examine our reasons for writing–and to celebrate them. Here’s Patricia’s response: “I […] Literary Man 0 Comments November 27, 2012
  • Literary Thanksgiving 1921 Major spam attack this morning on The Literary Man. We apologize for the annoying nature of the “Shuweetttt I’m Getting Paidddd Awesome!” spam  post. We’ve deleted it, and in it’s place, would like to begin the Thanksgiving week with the most disturbingly wholesome magazine cover we’ve seen yet… Norman Rockwell’s 1921 illustration of a happy couple with […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments November 19, 2012
  • Hemingway Talks of Children, Baseball, and Death It’s crunch time for baseball, and we couldn’t help but smile as we read this letter from Hemingway to Peter Viertel, the director of the film adaptation of The Old Man and the Sea in which he talks of his children, betting on baseball at the ball park, and death. Thanks to Bauman Rare Books for sharing: Verbal Vixen 0 Comments October 17, 2012
  • Reader’s Block Ahead There comes a time in the life of an avid reader when there are so many options, so many choices of what to read that he or she feels the strangest of sensations: Reader’s Block. Urban Dictionary has not only defined this term but has capitalized on it: they sell t-shirts, mugs, and beer steins with […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments October 9, 2012