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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • “Maybe You Don’t Need to Write Every Day.” Annie Scholl’s Brevity blog post comforts and validates me.
  • With our year’s worth of posts now finished a few more of my fellow bloggers have added their concluding thoughts over on the Poetry Has Value site.
  • “Explaining to Your Friends and Family What You Do”: a post by Aaron Gilbreath over on the Kenyon Review blog.
  • “Cultural critique is in a tricky spot. Living as we do under an extremist government, it is hard to know what to do with criticism, or how to consume art that does not carry a big rubber stamp declaring it “political.” It’s hard to defend doing anything except being in the streets.” But defend “the critical space” Josephine Livingstone does, for The New Republic. (via The Paris Review blog)
  • And over on my other blog (My Machberet), you’ll find a fresh set of Jewish literary links.
  • Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much for the mention, Erika! I’m glad you enjoyed my Brevity blog. Appreciate you sharing it! Best, Annie

    2. Thanks for your links, much appreciated. In the Livingstone New Republic piece you recommend, the first paragraph ends: “It’s hard to defend doing anything except being in the streets.”. Then, we’re advised to resist “binaristic thinking”: “Is the art against Trump or escaping from Trump.” But Livingstone has done just that by advocating ignoring a democratic election and taking to the streets–and then defending this by: “Living as we do under an extremist government.” Didn’t we hear the same complaint against Obama’s government from the right? It may be easier to say what to do than to actually follow one’s own advice. And it’s the same sort of knee-jerk thinking on the Bible that prompted a letter in today’s Times Book Review.

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