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.”
- A lovely tribute, by Richard Chess, to poet Stephen Dunn, who passed away last month.
- Having just this week read Deesha Philyaw’s excellent short-story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, I was delighted to find this interview with Philyaw (conducted by Ambre Dromgoole) in the latest issue of The Revealer.
- Apart from reading his Mumbo Jumbo back when I was an MFA student, I didn’t know much about Ishmael Reed. Julian Lucas’s profile of the writer for The New Yorker has changed that. (You may also want to check out this piece by Reed himself, which appeared earlier this month on Tablet, and addresses a number of issues referenced in Lucas’s profile.)
- If you don’t care for novels/novellas/short stories “about” writing, please move along. But if you’re still reading this, check out Michael Seidlinger’s forthcoming opus (which I’ve just pre-ordered).
- And in the latest #JewishLit links post on the My Machberet blog: a nice mix of upcoming (free!) literary events and reading recommendations.
Have a good weekend, all.