Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

  1. It’s been an especially busy week or so for me for reasons that aren’t necessarily writing-related. (Don’t worry–it’s all good!) But I did manage to get the October newsletter out.
  2. Check out yesterday’s excellent haul from the library. (I’m an NYPL card-holder, so naturally, I am also taking note of this news—even though, if you’ve read my poetry collection, you know that I am inherently inclined toward returning library books early!)
Library copies of The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories by Hilma Wolitzer.

3. Sometime after the pandemic began, I signed up for a “virtual membership” from the local French Institute/Alliance Française. Since then, I’ve especially appreciated at-home access to curated film (video) series. This past week’s selection, part of a current series curated by Wes Anderson, was L’homme qui aimait les femmes (The Man Who Loved Women), a 1977 film by François Truffaut that I’d never seen. The title prepared me for the emphasis on seduction; I had not realized that novel-writing (and publishing!) would also be part of the story.

P.S. There’s still time to sign up for the book-promo webinar for poets that I’ll be leading next week!

an open spiral notebook with a pen resting on a blank page, plus a text label that reads, "Midweek Notes."

2 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. A friend of mine told me about the Hilma Wolitzer book which has a terrific title: “Today A Woman Went Made in the Supermarket.” I found the recently written, final story, written about COVID very moving and have re-read it and told others about it.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      I don’t want to hurry through too quickly to the last story, but I appreciate the heads-up.

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