"But the real sweet spot of Shark Tank is the single-serving, double-use gadget that you might laugh at in SkyMall but buy when you’re hungover at Bed Bath & Beyond. There’s the alarm clock that also cooks bacon, the Solo cup with a shot glass built into the bottom, the belt buckle that holds a beer can, the pillow you can attach to your head via a hood."

"Good for Business: Five Years in, What Does ‘Shark Tank’ Mean for America?" by Jia Tolentino, Grantland, Sept. 17, 2014

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10 Essential Essays for Writers



On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

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