In which the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.(more…)
Three quick things.
1. Surprising myself, I entered a few poems into a (low-fee) contest a few days ago, hours before the deadline. Results should be announced in a few weeks.
2. Speaking of poems: I’m making progress on some of the interviews-by-email and guest posts that are part of the pre-publication promotion work for Birthright. (And none too soon! Less than a month to go to Pub Date!)
3. Among the readings I’ve assigned my students this semester is Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. Which means that I’ve just finished re-reading this novel myself. I knew that it was good when I read it back in 2004. But now, I’m just stunned by how extraordinary it is—on the sentence level, and on the story level.
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). These posts are intended to complement/supplement monthly issues of The Practicing Writer newsletter, where you’ll always find more listings, none of them limiting eligibility to residents of a single municipality, state, or province (this blog, on the other hand, does sometimes include those more restricted opportunities).(more…)
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.”
Whoever visits censorship on others cannot reasonably complain when something they paint as censorship—though in this instance it is no such thing—is visited on them.
Source: Howard Jacobson, “BDS Biter Kamila Shamsie Gets Bit, Loses Prize” (Tablet)
“I’m banking on the things we share as Jews, as opposed to the things that divide us.”
From “Putting The ‘New’ In ‘New York Jew’,” by The New York Jewish Week‘s new editor, Andrew Silow-Carroll.
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.(more…)