Magazine | 10:40 pm | January 24, 2012 | By Lauren Oyler

It’s the digital age, get with it!

If you are not on Twitter you are a fail whale.

If you’re one of those people who “just can’t do” Twitter, get over yourself. “Ha!” you’re probably saying as you read your paper copy of the Wall Street Journal and think about monogrammed tote bags. “One does not need to get over oneself when one is not posting mindless updates about one’s unimportant daily goings-on »

Magazine | 2:34 pm | November 14, 2011 | By Lauren Oyler

What Being Edited Feels Like

This is what all editing looks like.

One of my favorite things about the writing process is that, in the end, it’s all about solving problems. As someone who achieved moderate success with high school level math, I’m not surprised that I’m halfway decent at solving the problem of changing other people’s long, oddly worded sentences into coherent nuggets of meaning. Being »

Magazine | 1:55 pm | November 7, 2011 | By Lauren Oyler

Writing fast is really hard!

Is there a job out there that requires me to look at as many pictures of Zooey Deschanel as possible?

It’s the end of daylight savings time, and once again all of our extremely witty and original professors can have a nice chuckle about the fact that we get an extra hour to work on whatever nonsense was conveniently due on the Monday after the end of daylight savings time. Awesome. Now the quickly darkening »

Magazine | 1:17 am | October 31, 2011 | By Lauren Oyler

Top Ten Things I’ve Begrudgingly Learned about Writing

Despite being a genius writer, earning such prestigious accolades as “decent” and “could be OK if she’d stop using the same word eight times in one paragraph,” I’ve managed to learn a few things about “the craft” this semester. Although I hate to admit that anyone besides me has any knowledge on any topic, I »

Magazine | 6:04 pm | October 29, 2011 | By Lauren Oyler

Frazier travels through Siberia, LC

Author Ian Frazier stopped by campus on Thursday to talk about his work.

With a heavy dose of self-deprecation and a wry delivery, nonfiction writer/humorist/all-around stand-up guy Ian Frazier entertained a crowd made up of longtime fans and many recent English 120 converts in Linsly-Chittenden 102 on Thursday evening. Frazier — who says he goes by “Sandy” because he tired of people in his small hometown in Ohio »