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Robert Bly’s Poetry Was Nearly Ruined by A College Education

Bly’s career effectively began while in college at Harvard, but his time at the university also made it more difficult for him to embrace a “common language” which he believed made poetry more moving to the average reader.

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How Christian Lander Stumbled on What (White) People Like

How do you become a phenomenally successful blogger? For Christian Lander, the answer is simple: you just have to fail at everything else.

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Ron Carlson’s Stories Got Censored in Fourth Grade

Carlson, a renowned short story writer and novelist, speaks with Opening Lines about his early days writing horror skits and how teaching nearly killed his writing career.

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Where Do Good Ideas Really Come From?

Hint: Like most things in life, it’s all about who you know.

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Bad Apples: Steve Jobs and The Woz Started Out By Making Illegal Phones

Long before Apple released the iPhone, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the company’s two founders, worked on a very different kind of phone.

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For Jennifer Egan, Success Came Too Soon

Jennifer Egan was fortunate enough to get a short story published in the New Yorker when she was just 26, but as she confesses in this interview, in some ways, it made her writing career much more difficult.

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Jimmy Page Wanted to Cure Cancer (VIDEO)

Even more notable than his guitar playing in this clip of Page as a teenager (which is solid, but not exactly a revelation) is his candid response to what he dreamed of growing up to be. Hint: not a musician.

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Paul Muldoon: Man of Low Expectations

Paul Muldoon is not only one of the most prominent poets writing today, but he is also among the few who may truly be considered a celebrity. Muldoon speaks with us about his first poem, what happened after he met Seamus Heaney and why poets should always keep their expectations low.

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Paul Rudd, The Bat Mitzvah Singer (VIDEO)

Everyone has to start somewhere, and for Paul Rudd, that meant DJ-ing at bat mitzvahs. Oy vey!

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Flannery O’Connor: The Writer Who Couldn’t Spell

She was either a renaissance woman or just an indecisive one. Before she settled into a life as a novelist and short story writer, Flannery O’Connor dabbled in journalism, cartoons, poetry and poultry.

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How Pete Cashmore Took Control of the Internet (VIDEO)

Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable, one of the most popular sites on the Internet. But in his early days, he tried to make a living selling e-books… and guns.

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Sloane Crosley: Great Writer, Terrible Painter

Those who read Crosley’s work seem to end up with one of two conclusions. Either they praise her as one of the funniest women writing today, or they bash her for being… well, one of the funniest women writing today.