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Sunday Sentence


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.”

On that night, though, as the sky truly was midnight blue, darker than the Crayola crayon I loved best, and the stars were so white they spotted the night like bursts of snow, I walked upon that ice and felt upheld and safe.

Source: Sophfronia Scott’s “To Winter Warming” (in Scott’s essay collection Love’s Long Line)

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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

I’m back! And here’s some of what I’m up to.

  • Yes, I’m watching the calendar, and I’m readying the May issue of The Practicing Writer for distribution early next week. Check your inboxes in due course—or subscribe! Or return to this website where the issue will be posted for the month.
  • ICYMI: My latest “A View from the USA” column for the UK’s Jewish Chronicle was published last week.
  • What I’m reading: I brought Sophfronia Scott’s essay collection Love’s Long Line with me on my recent travels; I’m still reading it. (Slowly, yes.) It’s stellar.
  • Hope that you’ve all been doing well. Please consider yourselves invited to share any updates of your own!

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

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    I’m about to take another break from blogging for a bit—I expect to be back in this space in about a week. Meantime, since there will be a delay until you see some Friday Finds and Monday Markets again, I’ll leave you with a couple of items to tide you over: Continue reading ›

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    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). Continue reading ›

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    Sunday Sentence

    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.”

    I knew that after the war my grandmother had started lecturing at Moscow State, and had consulted on a film about Ivan the Great (“gatherer of the lands of Rus”) which so reminded Joseph Stalin of himself that he gave her an apartment in central Moscow; that despite this she was forced out of Moscow State a few years later, at the height of the “anti-cosmopolitan”—i.e., anti-Jewish—campaign; and that she got by after that as a tutor and as a translator from other Slavic languages.

    Source: Keith Gessen, “How Did We Come to Know You?” (The New Yorker)

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