Three quick things.
1. Success! Remember the essay-in-progress that I’ve been mentioning lately? It found a home last week. Titled “The Un-Stunned,” it offers some personal reflections on the uptick in antisemitism here in the United States. (On the writing front, it also features a flashback to how I incorporated some similar thoughts in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks into fiction that I was writing at the time.)
2. New work-in-progress. At the day-long writing retreat I attended last week, I finally opened a new Word doc and put down (and saved!) some words that may, someday, be part of another nonfiction project, connected with a recent family reunion.
3. In the Heights. On Sunday I traveled (way) uptown to attend the latest Bloom Readers Series event in Washington Heights. I’d been meaning to check out this series for a while—that my friend Abigail Beshkin was one of Sunday’s readers was a big draw this go-round, and I was so glad the scheduling worked out. Loved the mix of writers, the host’s intros, and the setting.