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.”
- If you’re contemplating pitching book reviews for fall publication, Publishers Weekly may be able to guide you to some titles.
- But let’s not focus only on NEW books! I’ve recently discovered the “Recall this Book” podcast, which provides “free-ranging discussion of books from the past that cast a sideways light on today’s world.”
- The most recent AP Stylebook Online Topical Guide covers travel terms (note: if this interests you, check it out quickly before a new guide replaces it!).
- William Wordsworth, Donald Justice, and Rick Chess converge in Rick’s latest, beautiful, poetic post.
- And of course, there’s a new set of Jewish-literary links up on the My Machberet blog (aka—another opportunity for me to recommend an extraordinary piece by Taffy Brodesser-Akner).
Have a good weekend, everyone.