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On Writing

How to Write a Novel: Wait Until You’re 40 and Forget Everything

This happens sometimes: I?ll get some saying stuck in my head, Google it, and find the only person to have ever mentioned it online was me. And usually in a previous column. For example, someone, somewhere once told me that, ?Novelists are born at 40.? Naturally, the only record I could find of that exact […]

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Are brain-games digital crack?

Apparently, I signed up for the newsletter of brain-game designers Lumosity, whose various drills for dendrites leverage our natural neuroplasticity in an effort to find one?s lost marbles and change them from cat?s eyes into steelies. The fact that I don?t recall signing up for their brain-spam means I either need their services or their […]