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3 Minutes or Less: Life Lessons from America's Greatest Writers

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  6 reviews
An anthology of never-before-published short essays by America's literary greats. Each October at the PEN Gala, well-known authors take the stage of the Folger Shakespeare Library's Theatre to ponder the meaning of such universal mysteries as "obsession," "illusion," "first love," and more. Each author is given only three minutes or less to speak. The results have been unp ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 8th 2000 by Bloomsbury USA
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There are some real gems in this collection. I love George Plimpton's obsession with fireworks. Francine Prose's first sentence rings true: "In many ways there is nothing more boring than obsession." Jane Hamilton, when asked to speak on endings, instead began her talk/essay with "I'm here in praise of middles."
Really couldn't get into it. There were a few essays that were very good, but they were mixed in with a lot that weren't so good. I ran out of patience with it. Don't think this is the kind of book to sit down and read straight through, may be better suited to reading a few here and there.
This book was a guilty pleasure, like eating a box of chocolates all in one sitting. Delicious, but at times sickeningly sweet. Several gems here, but beware. What kind of life lessons can really be condensed into three minutes?
Essays in 3-minutes or less, written by prominent writers. Not every essay was created equal, but it certainly inspires some great writing exercises.
Had to read this English class in College. I didnt find it very intresting. Alot of pointless stories.
Dan Secor
Some great moments. Recommended for anyone who wants to dive into the brains of some great authors.
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