The Bookish Fox

A Writing Lesson from Japan

It was a Thursday night in Tokyo. I was having a blast at a get-together with a bunch of ex-pats at a bar (the fast bonding that is depicted in Lost in Translation is real), but I was getting tired. I was still a bit jet-lagged (a thirteen-hour time difference is no joke), and my introvert…

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A Writing Lesson from Superstore

I have this habit of watching television during my lunch break (ah, the joys of working from home and for yourself). I just finished Grey's Anatomy (well, the good seasons of the show), and I was desperate to find something new. As I was flipping through Hulu, I saw that Superstore was featured.  Just to…

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On Typos and Toothpaste

When I was in college, I applied for the Marshall Fellowship (this relates to writing, I promise). I wanted to study the depictions of Diana, the goddess of the moon, in Scottish literature, so of course I had to go to Edinburgh (the fact that it was the birthplace of Harry Potter was definitely a…

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Holiday Gifts for You

The holidays are here, and my family and I have had latkes and decorated the Christmas tree. I have already started mocking cheesy Christmas films with my friends (more on that in another post), and my Pandora is Christmas all the time. Since I am in the holiday spirit, I decided to create gifts for YOU.…

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There’s No Writing Like Snow Writing

Today's newsletter is written by our very own Emily Hogenson! If you are lucky enough to live somewhere where it has already snowed, like I do, you may have already gotten in some snow writing. Snow writing is that wonderful writing that gets done when you are trapped inside, under a blanket; there is a…

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A Writer’s Gratitude List

Since American Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought I would share my writer's gratitude list with you. 1. Books. They formed me as a writer and a person. 2. Coffee. 3. Computers. 4. Microsoft Word. 5. Editors. 6. Journals. 7. R.S.V.P. pens. 8. Libraries. 9. Independent bookstores. 10. YOU! Thank you so much…

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How Books Are Time Machines

When I was in Japan, staring out the window of a bullet train as Miyazaki-esque houses flew by, I listened to "The Passenger" by Iggy Pop on repeat. I am not sure why I chose that song to listen to obsessively. Maybe because the title was on the nose. Maybe because I love rock. Maybe because…

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