Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”
The cracks in the Western Wall are soaked in prayers,
the doves are scraps of light above Jerusalem.
Source: “Jerusalem” by Marcela Sulak (in Decency: Poems)
“If I was to look at America through the unforgiving prism those loud, marginal If-Not-Nowers use for viewing Israel, I would call my American friends and yell: ‘What kind of a country do you live in? Is that all there is? The underclass and the overclass? How did America get so broken and break for so many people? Maybe “America really ain’t a good idea.”‘
Instead, I still believe in America, like I still believe in Israel. I believe both have serious problems, but also believe that both have serious resources, including tremendous creativity and goodwill, to solve them. And I’d rather be a Jewish and American Voice for Balance than a screechy crank whose extremism today guarantees irrelevance and just more anger tomorrow.”
Source: Gil Troy, “Love of Israel, America, Can Take on Many Forms” (The Jerusalem Post)
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety. Continue reading ›
I’ll keep this one brief:
A definite highlight of this past week was the day I spent at “A Celebration of Jewish Books.” (I was a visitor/attendee, not a presenter.) Continue reading ›