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.”
- Messages from writers and journalists of PEN Ukraine.
- On a related note: Nieman Lab’s Laura Hazard Owen rounds up “resources for following the war in Ukraine.”
- “Why Your Essay Got Rejected”—more sage thoughts from Allison K. Williams.
- I’m appreciating Sarah Einstein’s Substack newsletter, Writing Family Histories. The two public posts that arrived in my inbox this week—“Family Business” and “But What About the Einsteins?”—resonated with me, for different reasons. And the writing itself is wonderful.
- And you’ll find the latest set of Jewish-lit links posted over on the My Machberet blog.
Wishing a good, safe weekend to all.