On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process
Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer
Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start
Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”
Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen King - Short, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience
Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.
Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.
That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.
A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.
The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write
Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”
Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil Gaiman - A meditation on inspriation
Those Words That Echo…Echo…Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid - Another great essay from the the New York Times Writers on Writing series
If you any suggestions for additions, let us know!
James H. Merrell on loaded language in scholarship about post-Columbus North America.
"Second Thoughts on Colonial Historians and American Indians," William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 69, No. 3 (July 2012).
the countdown to halloween begins…
Vegans are made a mockery of constantly both in media and every day situations and meat eaters will have a good chuckle at it all but the second a vegan makes a joke about meat eaters suddenly its like “see this shit here this is why no one likes vegans”
You’re all a bunch of whiney babies.
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
that is what is so evil about ableism. it’s perpetrated by the very people who are supposed to be taking care of us. the doctors, the nurses, the psychiatrists, the therapist, the parents, the caretakers. how the fuck are we ever supposed to feel safe knowing that even those who are supposed to take care of us are likely to abuse us?
The hijab is not the most important part of being a Muslim woman, but it is certainly the most visible. In a time when Islamophobia only seems to be on the rise in the West, a practice that is so personal and diverse has become a warped and misunderstood part of a flat and monolithic picture of Muslim women.
God help the outcasts, hungry from birth. Show them the mercy they don’t find on earth.
Set with just the animated ones at full size.
This is what I imagine God looks like.