Any short-story writer who has been confronted with the question “But where’s your novel?” is likely to identify with Amber Sparks’s “Let Us Now Praise Famous Short Story Writers (And Demand They Write a Novel).” (via Electric Literature)
Sands Hall, one of the brightest lights in my writing world, shares some reflections on writing and integrity. (Warning: If you’re a fan of Wallace Stegner, prepare yourself for some distressing information.)
“I am not arguing that it is acceptable for an English major to graduate from college having only read white male authors or even 70 percent white male authors. 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. This is frustrating, unfair, and 100 percent nonnegotiable.” Right on, Katy Waldman (for Slate).
For the Kenyon Review blog, Sejal Shah has been considering how we decide which books to keep and which to give away. She wrote to “several friends, mostly writers, curious to know their thoughts.” (I’m among those who were asked to opine.) And then she wrote about what we told her.
Finally, I share Steph Auteri’s excitement about this news (via BookRiot). Do you?
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.
Happy weekend, everyone!