Most Fridays the Practicing Writing blog shares writing and publishing resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend. But it’s been an excruciating week for so many of us. And frankly, I’ve paid next-to-no attention to garden-variety news from the writing and publishing spheres.
On Wednesday, however, I received an email from Facing History and Ourselves, a Boston-based global nonprofit organization that I’ve admired for many years. The email introduced a “mini-lesson” titled “Processing Attacks in Israel and the Outbreak of War in the Region.”
The resource isn’t perfect. (What resource is?) But one of its segments impressed me as something that, though intended for educators and students, could be clarifying for writers as well, in our work and in the rest of our lives. It’s a section titled “Avoiding Antisemitic and Islamophobic Tropes in Discussing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”
- While I wait for my copy of Anne Trubek’s So You Want to Publish a Book? to arrive, I plan to spend some time this weekend with the author’s publishing-focused conversation with Andrew Keen.
- From Kenyon Review: “Someone’s looking for a new read, but you can only recommend them what you’ve read since quarantine began. What are you recommending?“
- Advice for our times: “Go Memorize a Poem” (Eliot A. Cohen for The Atlantic).
- In a super-smart post, Darren Rowse shares “13 Tips for Promoting Yourself Without Sounding Like a Jerk.”
- And of course, there’s a new set of Jewish Literary Links posted on the My Machberet blog. (Included this week: sneak-peek info about my next online reading—which will also feature an open-mic component.)
Have a great weekend, everyone. And if you’re a subscriber to The Practicing Writer, please check your email—the August issue went out this morning.