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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.”

I had an immediate vision of a long line of people stretching from Fortieth Street, where my publishing house stands, down to the Bowery—five hundred thousand people, each one hugging a copy of “The Aristocracy of the Spirit World,” each one demanding the return of his or her two dollars and fifty cents.

Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The I.O.U.” (The New Yorker)

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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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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

A Book is Born

Much of my own past week has been spent focusing on the official release of the latest book from Fig Tree Books LLC: Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.

Photo credit: Michael Nagle.

Mazal tov to Abby and to everyone who participated in the process of bringing this book into being, in all so many ways.

And Otherwise

Otherwise, my time’s been filled with a number of gatherings with friends; an evening at the theater; a night at a museum; helping out while my sister (a divorced mom of two) was stricken with strep; finishing up Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees; and continuing my delayed binge-consumption of Homeland.

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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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.”

My parents kept some of their profits in the bank, donated a portion to the church, and wired another percentage to relatives in Vietnam, who periodically mailed us thin letters thick with trouble, summed up for me by my mother to the tune of no food and no money, no school and no hope.

Source: Viet Thanh Nguyen, “War Years,” in The Refugees

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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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