Conversations on Practice is an ongoing discussion series about the writing process and the writer's life. Focusing on craft, development, and the mingling of different arts and art forms, the series explores how artists go about their daily work. Guests have included Patti Smith, Jennifer Egan, Arthur Golden, Francine Prose, Daniel Mendelsohn, Carole Maso, Anne Michaels, Adam Gopnik, Rebecca Newberger-Goldstein, Laura Miller, Richard Sennett, Tom McCarthy and many others.David Shields is the author of fourteen books, including How Literature Saved My Life (February, 2013); Reality Hunger (2010); A Manifesto (2010), named one of the best books of the year by more than thirty publications; The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (Knopf, 2008), a New York Times bestseller; Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Utne Reader, and he’s written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.Glenn Kurtz is the author of Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (2008). His work has been featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition" with Scott Simon, and has been published in The New York Times, Southwest Review, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. He has taught at Stanford University, California College of the Arts, and now teaches at New York University.