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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

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Hi, everyone. It has been an exceedingly busy time, and I simply lack the focus (not to mention the minutes) to assemble a midweek post this week. I will do my very best to have a nice new post ready for you next week. Meantime, I thank you for your patience.

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Words of the Week

“Information changes when it moves from one context to another. To cite a recurring example in the kibbutzniks’ conversations at the time: it is one thing to remark that seeing displaced Palestinians in wartime reminds you of the situation of Jews in the Holocaust—meaning that you remind yourself of the Nazis—if you are speaking in Hebrew to other shaken Jewish veterans in a bomb shelter a week or two after returning from the battlefield. Saying the same thing, as this movie does, to a sated film-festival audience at Sundance or Cannes is something else. It is one thing to say this at a time when many Israelis were gripped by elation at their victory and when the plight of the Palestinians was largely ignored both in Israel and abroad; it is quite another to do so in 2015, when Israel has become singled out as the world’s most egregious violator of human rights, if not the new incarnation of Nazism. And it is one thing to draw a comparison with the Holocaust in a booklet intended for other kibbutzniks, which is what the soldiers believed they were doing in 1967—and quite another to say this in a movie co-produced by Germans.”

Source: Matti Friedman, “Israel and the Moral Striptease,” Mosaic magazine.

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Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees, Paying Gigs

dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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Sunday Sentence

15147_grandeIn which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

Now on our backs
in Fayetteville, Arkansas,
the stars are falling
into our cracked eyes.

Source: James Tate’s “Coda,” quoted by Cody Walker on KenyonReview.org.

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Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Hosted by Deborah Kalb, the latest Jewish Book Carnival was posted this week.
  • Quite an interesting piece by Beena Kamlani on editing Saul Bellow’s last novel.
  • As editor, I’m always pleased to share the latest issue of the Fig Tree Books newsletter. (Check out the giveaways now being offered!)
  • Unless you’ve been living under a rock of some kind, you’ve likely been reading and hearing a lot about Harper Lee this week. Notable in the discourse: Alexandra Levine’s piece on “Harper Lee’s Jewish Lessons,” for The Forward.
  • And the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is advertising for a PJ Library Program Assistant.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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