I mentioned it on Twitter this week, but there’s so much to love in Debra Monroe’s “The Memoir of Discovery (Not Recovery)” that I’m mentioning it again here icymi. I mean, can’t you tell it’s a winner by its subtitle on the Kirkus website — “Why my new memoir isn’t about an awful childhood.”
In the latest New Yorker fiction podcast, Allan Gurganus reads and discusses (with Deborah Treisman) Grace Paley’s “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age,” from a 2002 issue of the magazine. (cross-posted on My Machberet)
You may have caught a tweet of mine this week extolling Jane Friedman’s Writer’s Digest feature article on her first year as a full-time freelancer. Here, however, Jane shares a few tidbits about her experience to date that aren’t in the magazine piece.
Something tells me that I’m not the only one who’s ever at a loss for conversation ideas while milling around at a conference or a party. Although they’re not specifically intended for writers, these “11 Foolproof Ways to Start a Conversation With Absolutely Anyone” (by Minda Zetlin, president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors) may be worth your time. (hat tip to @annkroeker)
And some suggestions for your social-media strategy, based on new Pew Center research results, courtesy of Frances Caballo.
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.