Teaching writing in the Age of Creativity

My version of a TedTalk involves reading something I wrote! But if you’re interested in hearing about the professional changes that have taken place in the teaching of writing while I’ve been involved in the game, here’s a good chance. Plus, there’s a good story (true!) in there involving Tobias Wolff, a rickety printer, and the wisdom of Elmore Leonard.


Photos: A box full of UK paperbacks

UK PaperbacksNothing is better than getting a few new books in the mail, and Viking UK delivers them with style. A man in a vest with an ascot delivered these to the house. Even their general disarray speaks to a certain flair.

Eine Vorläufige Theorie der Liebe

The German Translation

The German Translation

Eine Vorläufige Theorie der Liebe, the German translation of A Working Theory of Love is out! It’s had some nice coverage in Der Spiegel and the Frankfurter Allgemiene Zeitung (FAZ to the cool kids). My favorite part is that the book comes with an orange bookmark sewn right into it.

Piper Verlag did such a wonderful job. Thanks to Thomas Tebbe and Eva Bonne!




Thoughts on Tech and the Arts at Stanford

Also, Richard Powers.

Stanford is debuting a joint major with Computer Science and English next year. Not a dual  major or a double major, but a joint major which is more integrated. It’s a cool approach and I have a few thoughts about it (as does Richard Powers and Nick Jenkins). We are mostly correctly quoted in this interesting article in the Palo Alto Weekly….


Satanic Verses and Me

A piece I contributed to NPR’s PG-13 Risky Reads features stepmothers, Salman Rushdie, and Satan.


Bonus feature! I got to swap tweets with Salman Rushdie, who was miffed about NPR misspelling his name. I’ll humbly point out that I got in the last pun.

Punning with Rushdie


Computable: A Dutch AI specialist discusses AWTOL

Admittedly, the only word I understand in this interview/review with a Dutch AI specialist is “IKEA.” But Google translate uncovers this gem:

“The result is an unexpectedly exciting for me playful novel that evokes recognition with my profession, without falling into attempts to want to explain about technology that allows for example the Millennium series with gusts as clumsy business.”

For more!




Popmatters: “A Computer Steals Our Hearts in A Working Theory of Love”

A thought-provoking and enjoyable review from Jose Solís at PopMatters:

“Without much fuss Hutchins turns the computer into a metaphor for books, as well. Are these characters truly alive because we’re enjoying them so much? Is their humanity as important as ours? A Working Theory of Love makes for a delightful satire that asks profound questions without making it look like a great effort. Hutchins’ writing is so simple and straightforward that the book often reads like a good conversation. It’s not hard to figure out that by the time we get to the actual Turing contest at the end of the novel, we have been so won over by Dr. Bassett that we don’t care if scientists think it’s human or not.”

His summary of the work aspects of AWTOL is so good I think I might start using it myself!


The website is live!

So after long work, the website for A Working Theory of Love is live! Many thanks to Meadow for making it so cool. Please click around and enjoy the little features. It’s light on content right now, but if you look you can find a way to talk to Dr. Bassett. He’s very 1.0, but he’ll be evolving, as we all do!


Rome Literary Festival, Part II

There were too many good pictures…