The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

Time for the midweek melange of writing-related tidbits culled from my online wanderings:

  • B.J. Epstein reflects on Caryl Phillips and the “passionate engagement” of fiction.
  • Some lessons that I  know I still need to learn: brackets, commas, and dashes.
  • “Wendell E. Berry, noted poet, essayist, novelist, farmer, and conservationist, will deliver the 2012 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The annual lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.”
  • Especially for the teachers among us, but with relevance for all: two takes on email.
  • “Words we love too much,” courtesy of The New York Times.
  • “The Science (Not Art) of the Magazine Pitch,” by Kathryn Roethel, who has successfully pitched The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and other national pubs. (via @LisaRomeo)
  • In a blog post analyzing our ability (or lack thereof) to separate writers from their writing, Celeste Ng reminds me of my own reluctance to knowingly endorse/support/devote precious reading time/money/mental energy to the works of anti-Israel writers. As I’ve recently attempted to explain here.