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Sunday Sentence

In 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.”

“But you cannot profess to be a student of English literature if you have not lingered in the slipstreams of certain foundational figures, who also happen to be (alas) both white and male: In addition to the majors listed above, Jonson, Shelley, Keats, Pound, Auden, and Frost.”

Source: Katy Waldman, “The Canon Is Sexist, Racist, Colonialist, and Totally Gross. Yes, You Have to Read It Anyway.” (Slate)

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Friday Finds for Writers

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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.

  • If summer’s coming, so is the Scribblers on the Roof reading series at Ansche Chesed on New York’s Upper West Side. There’s another great line-up this year, kicking off with authors Ben Nadler (The Sea Beach Line) and Amy Gottlieb (The Beautiful Possible) on June 27.
  • Speaking of summer and books—check out this #JewishSummerReading challenge, organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries.
  • “Jewish History,” a memorable selection from Australian-born Abigail Ulman’s new story collection (Hot Little Hands), appeared on Literary Hub this week.
  • And “Imprints,” a poem by Janet Kirchheimer, appeared with Bearings Online.
  • “The Forward seeks an aspiring journalist, opinion writer or blogger for a paid fellowship on its opinion team.”
  • Shabbat shalom!

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Oh, What a Time

    One week ago, I left New York City aboard a Boston-bound Amtrak train. Final destination: my 25th college reunion.

    The days that followed were amazing, filled with too many highlights to recount here. But I thought you’d appreciate a glimpse of the literary output produced by the Class of 1991.

    These are just SOME of the books written by the more than 50 authors who are among my 1600 classmates. Photo credit: Josh Wilkes.

    These are just SOME of the books written by the more than 50 authors who are among my 1600 classmates. Photo credit: Josh Wilkes.

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    Monday Markets & Jobs for Writers

    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

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    In 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.”

    It’s incredible to me now that I didn’t know this, that there was once a time when I actually believed it was possible to love a child and not be profoundly, irreparably altered.

    Source: Maribeth Fischer, “What We Cannot See” (Creative Nonfiction)

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