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Book Review: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss is one of the best young American writers. She has been featured in the New Yorker and other prestigious literary magazines, and she’s also Jonathan Safran Foer’s wife, the new Wunderkind of American Literature.

The History of Love is her second novel, and it follows the life of Leo Gursky, an elderly man who lives all alone – a very pathetic and senseless life. Basically he just wants to die. The beauty in all this lies in the fact that Gursky once wrote a novel for the woman he loved. The History of Love. So, yes, this is meta-fiction, and it’s one of the very best novels of this type I’ve encountered. Continue reading

TV Show Review: The Terror

This is a pretty good TV show. The premise makes it that way.

As a matter of fact, I believe that this would have been a fascinating story even without using the main killing machine, of which I am sure someone was too proud of in order to realize that they manage to create a fascinating story which is pretty much all about people starving to death, freezing to death, and going insane because of the starvation and the cold. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Titan

A military family takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.

Director: Lennart Ruff
Writers: Max Hurwitz (screenplay by), Arash Amel (story by)
Stars: Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson

Okay, so I have no idea if I liked this movie or not. The critics seem to pretty much hate it.

The thing is, this is quite a strange movie. The premise is good, the first hour of the movie is quite good. You got your “end of the world is near and everyone dies” scenario, a bit of drama, a bit of hope, it’s quite interesting. The acting is good. Continue reading

Selling Your Art Online: What to Do

There’s no doubt about it: we have divided our lives into two different parts – offline and online. And the online world provides just as many opportunities, maybe even more, than the offline.

Well, then it should make sense to also sell your art online, right?

It is possible. But can it be done?

Yes, of course.

Selling art online is not only possible, but more and more opportunities are being presented every few months. Art collectors have become more confident towards buying art from online sources, purchasing works without having to see them in person.

It’s an exciting time to be selling art online, and with a bit of creativity and employing various guerrilla marketing techniques, you can do without investing a lot of money in advertising and such.

But before you even think about selling your art online, it’s important to cover a few of the basics.

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How to Find Your “Voice” as A Writer

Voice is one of the most important elements of any great writer. No doubt about it.

Without a unique “voice”, they wouldn’t have had so many readers.

But what is this voice, exactly? And how can you make it come through in your writing?

Well, let’s think of voice. Some have a deep tonality, a certain way of articulating words. They have a style. They talk like no one else you ever met. Others have this squeaky voice that sounds like scratching a blackboard with your fingernails, and even though what they’re saying could make a lot of sense, and it could be something witty and smart, you can’t wait for them to shut up, because you can’t understand a thing they’re saying anyway.

Well, the same is true for your writing. No one can hear you, but they can feel you through the words you use and how you choose to use them.

Odds are that you are struggling to find your voice as a writer. To find that style. Odds are that you are also putting a lot of pressure on yourself to be unique. To write like no one else before you.

If only you knew how simple it really is.

You just got to write like yourself. Continue reading