The Periodic Table Of Storytelling

It was only a matter of time before the genius that is TV Tropes was rendered in graphical form. Now this handy chart lays out such "elements" of storytelling as the "jerk with a heart of gold" and "jumping the shark" — as well as more unusual ones like "epileptic trees." Use the chart to make your own fictional… » 6/08/11 7:00pm 6/08/11 7:00pm

Jennifer Egan Tells Young Writers To Ignore “Best Of” Lists

While shooting a video about artists and their favorite places in Manhattan, author of A Visit From The Goon Squad Jennifer Egan offered encouragement to young writers who feel excluded from "best of" lists. » 4/02/11 1:23pm 4/02/11 1:23pm

Your Worst Sex Stories, Please.

The best way to deal with a terrible, cringe-inducing, possibly hilarious sexual experience is to tell strangers. Win a copy of Worst Laid Plans by submitting yours in the comments. The best (worst?) ones will be put to a vote. » 5/21/10 3:40pm 5/21/10 3:40pm

Bedtime Stories

Aww. "Researchers" find that storytime is children's most favorite thing. Little kids crave more storytelling, while older ones would like to be read to more. Us, too. [Reuters] » 5/23/09 2:15pm 5/23/09 2:15pm