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:
- The Rumpus Interview with Margo Jefferson (author of Negroland) by Dylan Foley
- “The Displeasure of the Table” by Toni Nealie, a wonderful essay about the close, tumultuous relationship we have with food, and the nostalgia involved.
- The Rumpus Interview with Sandra and Ben Doller by Maria Anderson — I admit the mention of Bozeman, MT is what caught my attention in the first paragraph, but this couple undertook an interesting project.
- Anna March‘s Reading Mixtape #12: The Art and Craft of Writing — this is a great “mixtape” of books, and now I’ve got a few new ones on my wishlist.
- “Without Boundaries or Beginnings or Ends” by Kathryn Miller — an outstanding essay about PTSD and gun violence.
- “Valuation Methods” by Rachel Wilkinson — a really smart essay about Shark Tank and academics.
- The Rumpus Remembers David Bowie — your first stop on your way to lots of excellent Bowie content.
- The Rumpus Interview with Janice Erlbaum (author of I, Liar and Girlbomb) by David Breithaupt
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.”
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.
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.
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr