Greetings, Rioters! I’ve decided my bookmark folder containing links for you all needs a good clear-out, so let’s have a few days’ worth Note From Elsewhere goodness, shall we? YES! Time to catch up.
First up, we have a shedload of WR Author Updates that I’ve neglected to tell you about:
Nancy Hightower had two short stories previous published at WR win awards: “Kinds of Leaving” won First Place in Prick of the Spindle’s Fiction Open Competition No. 3, and “What The Father Would Have Said” earned an Honorable Mention in the same contest. Her poetry collection, The Acolyte, is available now.
It’s been awhile since I rounded up good stuff that I’ve seen at Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings:
- “The Transfiguration of Aloneness: David Whyte on Longing and Silence” — I’m always here for explorations of longing.
- “Susan Orlean on the Strange Serendipities That Shape Our Lives” — from Orlean’s contribution to the book Women of Letters, co-edited by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire
- “Nikki Giovanni’s Wonderful Poems Celebrating Libraries and Librarians” — I know a few excellent librarians, so this is for them.
- Grace Paley on the Art of Growing Older — I really need to read more of her stuff.
- “The Best of Brain Pickings 2015” — Because I know you’d like a big, fat dose of this site. Do it. Dive in.
- “Julian Fellowes on the Paradox of Infatuation and How the Delicious Delusion of Lust Hijacks Our Experience of Love” — taken from his novel, Snobs.
- “The Confidence Game: What Con Artists Reveal About the Psychology of Trust and Why Even the Most Rational of Us Are Susceptible to Deception” — a look at Maria Konnikova’s latest book, The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It … Every Time.
Some fab stuff at Wendy C. Ortiz‘s tumblr: On honesty and connection between people, and then her wonderful tribute to David Bowie. And then, she was also a guest on Kate Nash‘s podcast, Girl Gang FM.
Lidia Yuknavitch has a beautiful essay up at Guernica called “Woven:”
You know, stories change, just like the lives we’ve lived and selves we’ve inhabited. Nobody’s been the same person twice. I mean really. It’s the people walking around acting and sounding especially self-assured and whole who worry me the most.
At The Rumpus, Corina Zappia talks about “Female Image-Making and PJ Harvey,” and it’s excellent.
Caroline Bauman at Nieman Storyboard interviews Kaylen Ralph and Joanna Demkiewicz, founders of The Riveter — a publication full of longform journalism for women, by women.
At Dead Housekeeping, Asha Rajan pays tribute to her grandmother and Deepavali/Divali, the Hindu Festival of Lights.
And finally, just because Valentine’s Day is this weekend, let’s take a look at the “Love DNA of Classic Novels,” many of which are available as free ebooks.
Until next time.
Notes From Elsewhere is brought to you by Sara Habein, who doesn’t pretend to be the first to know everything.
Five Dials, Issue 28: “Heroes and Heroines” edited by Hamish Hamilton