Friday Feast: Speaking Out About the State of Diversity in Publishing, Working Class Literature, 5 Myths About Having an Agent, Character Agency, and Creative Writing Prompts When You Only Have 10 Minutes

dantes-peak-750x500I’ve taken to watching disaster movies on Saturday nights because there’s something satisfying about watching Mother Nature wipe out humanity when we’ve been so bad. This is a result of watching too many political debates and town halls and being active on social media. But I’m also reminded of one of my favorite bookish quotes, courtesy of Franz Kafka: “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? … we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”

Bring the axes.

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