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.”
- In which Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post‘s media columnist, reports on a new list of the 10 greatest works of journalism from the past 10 years. (More/background info here.)
- Tips from Jenny Bhatt on the art of literary criticism (via Poets & Writers).
- Like way too many other recent acquisitions, my copy of Anne Trubek’s So You Want to Publish a Book? remains, so far, unread. But the author’s latest Substack dispatch makes me want to get to it soon. (And if you’ve been waiting to get your copy, that same dispatch includes a coupon code.)
- Once I meet my looming deadline, I think I’m going to join in this #MagazineCoverChallenge, as presented by Allison K. Williams over on the Brevity blog.
- And, as per usual, you’ll find a new batch of Jewish literary links posted over on the My Machberet blog.