"This RESONATES with me, big time. I'm so glad you wrote this essay!" LitHub reader“Excellent article with some extremely interesting referencing to literature and popular culture. Many thanks.” The Guardian reader • “Fascinating — and sobering — article. Thanks for doing this research, Lorraine.” Talking Writing reader • "Yes, yes, A THOUSAND TIMES YES. I think you hit the nail on the head..." LitHub reader • “Thank you, Lorraine. This was a thoughtful and important piece. The responses you received indicate more work to do in this area. Brava!” Talking Writing reader“Holy Shit! You wrote the article I’ve been making everyone read! Thank you!” Raw Story reader

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...has worked as (among other things) creative director for two ad agencies (and VP of one), a television commercial producer/director, a graphic designer, copywriter, and scriptwriter. Rob has produced hundreds of television spots, radio ads and videos, and countless print ads, brochures and corporate collateral pieces. He is especially well-versed in healthcare and financial marketing.

Lorraine Berry a former creative writing professor for the State University of New York.
She is a well-known book reviewer and writer, covering such broad topics as social justice,
women's studies, and British football. She also writes feature articles for
education, non-profits and businesses.

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Lorraine Berry is a contributor at The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), LitHub, VOX, DAME Magazine, Orlando Weekly,, Read It Forward (Penguin/Random House), Signature Reads and others. Below are a few of her latest; other examples (with short commentaries) can be found on work : Lorraine.

The Washington Post:Six novels that get to the truth of World War I” On the anniversary of the Armistice, Lorraine took a look at six books about WWI for WaPo: “American readers may be familiar with “All Quiet on the Western Front,” by German army veteran Erich Maria Remarque, and Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms,” two World War I novels published in the late 1920s. They may also have read Sebastian Faulks’s relatively recent novel “Birdsong” (1993), which tells of a World War I veteran’s traumatic battlefield experiences, and Pat Barker’s “Regeneration Trilogy” novels (1991, 1993 and 1995), which have been applauded for their exploration of shell shock. For those who seek to know more about the war’s devastation, a good place to start might be with these six books….

Signature Reads: "The Sensational Allure of Lost Books in Fiction and Nonfiction" Appearing in the New York Times' "What We're Reading!" newsletter, this article prompted reviewer Kathleen Flynn to say, "A brief but intriguing essay about lost books — some historical, some modern — that have apparently vanished from the earth, whether through natural disaster or human censorship. Why does this loss seem so much sadder than if they never existed at all, the writer wonders, and why are novelists so often drawn to write about the quest for lost books?"

Paste Magazine: "Why You Should Watch Call the Midwife's Powerful Portrait of Working-Class Feminism" About this article, one of the show's stars – Stephen McGann (Dr. Turner) tweeted: "Great from @BerryFLW. Gets the conscious portrayal of class-related feminisms. So many commentators still don't (won't?) see this." Lorraine writes that "Call the Midwife’s feminism, to its credit, is multivalent, complex and lived-in—not a slogan on a T-shirt, but a fight waged at the grassroots, and one in which women...risked, and sometimes lost, their lives."

LitHub: "How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature" The Electric Typewriter, which promotes "great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers," included this article in its
"Ten Great Essays about Diversity in Literature" – alongside work from Junot Diaz, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Roxanne Gay.

Signature Reads: "Language Matters: The True Definition of the 'Working Class” Of Lorraine Berry's essay for Signature Reads, Sarah Smarsh - one of this country's top writers on the issue of "class" - was kind enough to say: "Essential, keen analysis by @BerryFLW on our dangerously inaccurate shorthand about class & politics, and the writers & thinkers pushing back against Hillbilly Elegy tropes. Read it!"

LitHub: "Riding Out Hurricane Irma with a 900-Page Book" From their beach-side home, and after agonizing about whether to evacuate in the face of Hurricane Irma, Lorraine Berry and her partner decided to pack up and move inland for a few days. In this essay she writes about riding it out in the company of a 900-page "doorstop" book, and being surprised at feeling a bit like historic Europeans who also were sometimes victims of "damned if you do, damned if you don't."

Marie Claire: "How 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' Came into Its Own" Appearing in the June, 2017 issue of Marie Claire (and online), Lorraine Berry's interview with Samantha Bee and (now former) show-runner Jo Miller looks at the unique mix of talents and personalities that have made "Full Frontal" a major voice in both comedy and commentary.

Signature Reads: "The Man Who Doesn't Read Women" ...Wherein Lorraine Berry confesses to not actually saying out loud, "WHAT THE F*** DO YOU MEAN YOU’VE NEVER READ A BOOK BY A WOMAN?" (though she was sorely tempted) - and an article about which Hogarth Books tweeted, "We're obsessed with this @BerryFLW piece...!" The article made several "best Internet reads" lists, including one from PureWow and LZ Sunday Paper.

The Guardian: "Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying." An article that garnered over 25,000 shares in two days, was read (according to The Guardian) over 100,000 times, and led to Lorraine Berry's being asked to interview on "NewsTalk/Ireland" (listen here). Described in The Guardian as, "An essayist looks into the curious past of pathological collectors – and considers her own lifelong urge to hoard ever more volumes."

Redbook Magazine Online: "After My Divorce, I Became An Erotic Letter Writer." "I had to adjust the way I thought of myself. I could still offer a feminist service, I thought, but now, rather than help women to express their kinks, maybe I could find a way to teach men about women."

Paste Magazine: "Sneaky Pete and Martin Guerre, Two Men Who Explain Our Attraction to Imposters." Lorraine Berry's deeper take on Amazon Prime's critically acclaimed Sneaky Pete. "Sneaky Pete’s revelations are unlikely to earn commendation from the Family Research Council for wholesome family entertainment, but for those of us who understand that families comprise people who love each in whatever structure works for them, it’s the ultimate show about family."

Vox: "I had a miscarriage. Fetal burial rules would only amplify my grief." As writer Celeste Ng said, "A brutal, beautiful, and necessary essay."

Talking Writing: "Dear Taylor Swift (and Other White Feminists) - An Open Letter" "You have declared yourself to be a feminist many times, and I like that. Just the act of claiming the 'F' word is still radical in many circumstances. I’m also not one of those grumpy old women who think you and your girl squad aren’t real feminists just because you’re popular and pretty. But I do feel obligated, as one white feminist to another, to remind you of a few things...."

The Guardian: "The horror of female adolescence – and how to write about it." Lorraine Berry in The Guardian: "Why does literature so often depict the onset of sexuality – or indeed any aspect of girls’ growing up – as a strange, feverish thing? Two recent novels, by women, are redressing the balance with heartfelt depictions of teenagers that ring true."

LitHub: "We Are All Sisyphus: On Following Soccer, and Family Rivalries.” A literary look at the beautiful game, from Camus to Villoro.

Raw Story: "Remember Binghamton — the 2009 mass shooting mainstream media still ignores."

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You spend thousands on a new logo and your marketing of it. In Your Logo: Rule Number One, Rob looks at how, in one particular case, a basic guideline should not have been overlooked.

Part 1 of Lorraine's recent "Writing in the Sand" tutorial about drawing creative writing inspiration from visual images. Lorraine is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Raw Story, LitHub, Talking Writing and others. More at and

Part 2 of Lorraine's recent "Writing in the Sand" tutorial about drawing creative writing inspiration from visual images.

In Red Jell-O & Customer Satisfaction, amberSands Creative's Rob Stiene points out that keeping your client (and often your co-workers or staff) happy can mean paying attention to Red Jell-O moments and issues.

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part of writing. As part of her "Writing in the Sand" series, Lorraine talks about how making the abstract real is sometimes a great way to begin.

Marketing is a conversation. But sometimes a conversation is not what it appears to be, as seen in Rob's tale of two business cards.


Stop Good Ideas from Getting Away: Ever had a good idea vanish before you had a chance to use it? According to Lorraine, the answer is...everywhere!

Billboards and...Sugar: A memorable tip about persuading anyone to keep his or her out-of-home advertising short and sweet!