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.”
- Happy 20th birthday (!) to The Literary Saloon, a truly terrific blog that’s always full of worldwide literary news.
- I’ll admit that I am not able to follow every detail of U.S. v. Bertelsmann SE & CO. KGaA, et al., what Publishers Weekly summarizes as “the U.S. Department of Justice’s bid to block Penguin Random House’s acquisition of rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster.” But PW is doing an impressive job covering the case.
- “Starting at the very beginning, in memoir, essays or novels, is a very bad place to start.” So Allison K. Williams argues (and explains) on the Brevity blog.
- In her latest post for Writer Beware, Victoria Strauss warns against “Bait and Switch Scams.” (The example she begins with caught my attention in particular because the scammers invoke a disorder known as apraxia, with which our family has some experience.)
- And, reliably, you’ll find the latest Jewish-lit links posted over on the My Machberet blog.
Have an excellent weekend!