This week, I’m knee deep in PowerPoint, project plans, and Jira tickets, which leaves me little time for writing, revision, or reading the two tomes that sit neglected on my bedside table. Ah, day jobs!
But the weekly Friday Feast deadline ensures that I stay connected to the writing life, even when that connection is but a thread. Reading literary links counts as part of the writing process. Truly.
- Stacey Lee eschews tips and instead provides non-Asian writers who wish to write Asian American characters with a list of things that will push her buttons, such as: magic vaginas, overachievers, Chinese restaurants, and “kung-fu mastah!”
- In the New York Times Sunday Book Review, two authors debate: Where Do You Draw the Line Between Commercial and Literary Fiction?
- Over at The Atlantic, Joe Fassler speaks with Andre Dubus III about The Case for Writing a Story Before Knowing How It Ends. “…I began to learn characters will come alive if you back the fuck off. It was exciting, and even a little terrifying. If you allow them to do what they’re going to do, think and feel what they’re going to think and feel, things start to happen on their own.”
- The Saturday Rumpus interviewed Angela Flournoy about craft, the burden of representation, and the “spectre of getting a real job [laughs] which haunts me.” #Angelaunderstands
- Armchair travelers, rejoice! Travel + Leisure presents The Best New Books to Inspire Your Wanderlust, including fictional jaunts to India, Bulgaria, Brazil, Paris, the Galapagos, and more.