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January 4, 2015      

Notes From Elsewhere: 2014 Lists, Writer Profiles + More

Greetings all! And Happy New Year. Why don’t we round up a few End of 2014 lists that caught my eye? Besides those, we’ve got a few other odds and ends, so let’s get to it.

At The ButterRoxane Gay has “An Incomplete List of Interesting Moments From 2014 Reviews, Profiles, Etc.”

I always enjoy reading The Millions’ Year in Reading series, and Garth Risk Hallberg’s contribution this year is not only full of interesting-sounding books, but it’s a lovely tribute to his father.

Carolyn at Autostraddle has a great list of Top 10 Queer and Feminist Books of 2014, including Janet MockDaisy Hernández, and Women in Clothes. 

The Atlantic‘s Joe Fassler has rounded up some excellent interviews conducted over the past year with “How to Write: A Year in Advice from David Mitchell, Yiyun Li, and More.” So much good stuff in here, and I don’t just say that because of my undying love for David Mitchell.

Here is a list of Journalists Who Died Doing Their Jobs in 2014. May their families find peace.

The gang at Little Fiction and Big Truths have made some infographics  about their year, including the gender breakdown of the authors they have published.

Speaking of Big Truths, the editors are seeking submissions for a food-themed anthology, due January 31st.

OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts is also seeking submissions for their March issue, guest-edited by Wendy C. Ortiz.

Do you read more when there’s a challenge involved? Book Riot has an interesting-looking list going, and The Next Best Book Club has a Beatles-related challenge on Goodreads.

What if reading and writing reviews could help fight cancer? Cannonball Read (now in its seventh year!) does just that.

I think instinctively a lot of us knew this, but science now points to eReaders being detrimental to one’s sleep.

loved Maria Popova’s post on Lynda Barry’s Syllabus. Beautiful stuff:

Barry’s magnificently illustrated syllabus notes and class assignments, many of which she had released on her Tumblr throughout each semester, are now collected in Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor (public library | IndieBound) — a slim but infinitely invigorating compendium of illustrated exercises, instructions, and meditations on everything from how to keep a diary (because, as we know, the creative benefits of doing so are vast) to memorizing things effectively to navigating the psychological phases of the creative process to why art exists in the first place.

This has floated about the internet plenty, but it’s so good, let me share it again just in case you haven’t seen it: “On False Sentimentality, Womanhood, and Getting with the Program: A Conversation with Meghan Daum.

I also enjoyed this profile of Lauren Hillenbrand in The New York Times. I also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, so it’s tremendously inspiring to know that she’s been able to write through her illness in a way that works for her.

And finally…

This is really cool: “Using Lego blocks, 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee created a low-cost braille printer to improve access and literacy for the visually impaired.

Until next time, friends.


Notes From Elsewhere is brought to you by Sara Habein, who doesn’t pretend to be the first to know anything. 

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