Four things to read about reading and writing
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
I’m feeling a bit low tonight. So! Let’s make the night better (for me at least) with some of the things I forgot about in my last link-roundup (and maybe a few more that came up early this week)
Jack Heath spent a year reading books by women by Jack Heath on Literary Minded
Over on Facebook, a few of my brilliant writer/editor type friends (like Sian Campbell and Elizabeth Redman and Erin Handley) and I have been having a bit of a discussion about this article. Obviously there has been a lot said about this topic this year, and the debate is so complex and so interesting it’s hard to know where to start to add your own two cents to it. Something interesting Erin brought up though is that perhaps a big part of the issue isn’t that people don’t read many books by women, but that men don’t read many books by women. So it’s pretty interesting to read about how Jack Heath set himself a challenge to only read books by women for an entire year, and what he got out of it. I think it’s pretty admirable, especially seeing as it meant he couldn’t read books by his favourite male authors, and some of his insights from his experiences are quite interesting. Anyway, I think anything that helps spread awareness of this issue helps, and this post has been getting loads of attention, so that’s great.
On writing by Kate Holden on Kill Your Darlings
Yeah, the idea of writing is very romantic and all, but it’s actually pretty painful and terrifying and stressful, and for me at least it has rarely happened on an island. Kate Holden doesn’t write on an island either, and this is a great post that brings home the reality of what it’s really like to be killing yourself to get out a sentence while you walk around the house waiting for the kettle to boil for the billionth time. Only, she says it more eloquently than me.
A Generation of True Writers by Lili Wilkinson on Meanjin
If you, like a lot of us good-for-nothing-gen-Y-ers, are sick of hearing people smugly complain about how young people today are so lazy and uncreative and ruined by social media, you’ll love Lili Wilkinson’s defense of teenagers as the first generation of true readers. It’s so interesting to see someone turn the whole argument on its head – and a lot more inspiring and encouraging for the future.
Review: Women of Letters by Beth Blanchard on Lit-icisms
For the romantic amongst us, letters will always continue to hold some nostalgic appeal, and in her third post for the new Crikey lit blog Lit-icisims the brilliant Beth Blanchard discusses why. It makes me want to read the actual book (Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire’s Women of Letters, based on their series of events by the same name) but for now, the review is quite interesting and lovely.
Plus a few fashiony/ gendery/ culturey links, just for fun
Things that aren’t cool, but that get you through.
Ms Magazine’s guide to the top 100 non-fiction feminism books
Danielle of Final Fashion identifies four feminine ‘elements’ in pop culture
More on why saying “men prefer curves” is problematic
YOU CAN BE JUST LIKE CHER HOROWITZ WITH THIS APP
When he wasn’t busy designing wine bottles and perfumes and everything else under the sun, Karl Lagerfeld found some time to design a special collcetion for Net-a-Porter, and it’s pretty stunning
Speaking of Karl Lagerfeld, the longer you look at this picture the funnier it becomes
An incredibly poignant post on life after an eating disorder
Some crazy, crazy nail art
Rachel Hills says, “She who tries, wins” (and she would know)