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.”
- “How Chekhov Invented the Modern Short Story” (Chris Power for New Statesman).
- “How do immigrant writers respond to COVID-19? In what way has it affected their dreams? Has the understanding of the future also been recalibrated? This is an edited version of a Zoom conversation between Jhumpa Lahiri, Eduardo Halfon, and Ilan Stavans that took place on July 23rd, 2020.”
- “10 Books About the Importance of the Postal Service” (Jae-Yeon Yoo for Electric Literature).
- Public speaking coach Gigi Rosenberg recently interviewed stylist Scarlet Chamberlin to glean tips on how to look your best online. (Tune in this Sunday to see if I adhere to this advice in my own next virtual appearance.)
- And if it’s Friday, you’ll want to go check the latest Jewish-lit links posted on the My Machberet blog.
Have a great weekend, everyone.