Monday 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 ›
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.”
“Because obviously I am not eighteen and I work, so school is not an academic exercise for me, and not just me, as I’m sure you’d realize if you looked around the room one of these days and saw there are thirty- and forty-year-olds and some a lot older than you are in the class—the point is, when you’ve been through marriage, kids, jobs, welfare, and the whole gamut and you come back to school you’re ready for the real thing, and as far as I’m concerned Augustine’s Conception of the Soul or whatever is not it.”
–Allegra Goodman, “Onionskin,” in Total Immersion, which I’ve just reread thanks to Elizabeth Edelglass’s recent review.
“There’s no reason to spoil The Narrative, the great story of a benighted Israel governed by hard and bad men and growing increasingly intransigent and soulless and mean—as evidenced by their opposition to Obama’s attempts to reach a mutually-beneficial nuclear deal with Iran. When it comes to Israel, it’s the only story the Times knows how to tell, even when the facts get in the way. For that, we’ll always have The Correction.”
–Liel Leibovitz, “The Correction” (Tablet)
Noted anti-Semite, Netanyahu basher, and Obama shill Abe Foxman thinks that Bibi’s speech on March 3 is a mistake http://t.co/rtvAdNDwg6
— Michael Koplow (@mkoplow) February 6, 2015
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›
I receive a lot of writing-related requests. Within the past week, for example, two authors have asked me to blurb their novels. Someone else asked me to recommend a Yiddish translator in a certain part of the country. Another person wrote to request that I check out his website and maybe recommend it to all of you. And an author asked me to recommend where to submit his just-published book for reviews (and also, for post-publication prizes).
Here’s how I responded to those requests. Continue reading ›