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February 17, 2016      

Notes From Elsewhere: Rumpus Highlights, Craft Thoughts + More

Hello again, Rioters! Time again to look at books, essays, and craft notes that have caught my eye.

I feel like I haven’t done a really solid “Here’s some great stuff from The Rumpus” roundup in awhile. Let’s take a look at those starred items:

I have a handful more still hanging out in my bookmarks folder, but let’s save them for next time.

Thoughts on Craft

Here’s Maud Newton on “spontaneity, authenticity, and excitement in writing.”

“Begin Again: How Yoga Unlocks the Writer Within” by Dani Shapiro at The Virginia Quarterly Review. (Shapiro wrote one of those books on the aforementioned literary mixtape.)
“Omission” by David McPhee is a great look at how writers decide what material goes into the final product.

Geraldine Brooks at Neiman Storyboard: “You might aspire to art but it better start as craft” — how journalism can inform fiction.

Poet Ada Limón, on Richard Blanco‘s blog, talks about the value of not writing in “To What Do We Owe This Pleasure?”

“You Write What You Read” by Victoria Cho is an insightful look at diversity in fiction, and how a lack of it can affect the characters we write.

And finally…

If you’d like to read a little bit of the comic Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon before the TV show airs, here’s a handy link to Issue #1.

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

Currently reading:

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

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