01
Apr
nprbooks:

Via theparisreview and our local fave Politics & Prose, Geoff Dyer’s ten rules for writing fiction.  My favorites are 3 and 4 (though I might swap the Beats for Nabokov, just based on personal experience):

3 Don’t be one of those writers who sentence themselves to a lifetime of sucking up to Nabokov.
4 If you use a computer, constantly refine and expand your autocorrect settings. The only reason I stay loyal to my piece-of-shit computer is that I have invested so much ingenuity into building one of the great auto-correct files in literary history. Perfectly formed and spelt words emerge from a few brief keystrokes: “Niet” becomes “Nietzsche,” “phoy” becomes “photography” and so on. Genius!

You can check out our own coverage of Dyer here.

nprbooks:

Via theparisreview and our local fave Politics & Prose, Geoff Dyer’s ten rules for writing fiction.  My favorites are 3 and 4 (though I might swap the Beats for Nabokov, just based on personal experience):

3 Don’t be one of those writers who sentence themselves to a lifetime of sucking up to Nabokov.

4 If you use a computer, constantly refine and expand your autocorrect settings. The only reason I stay loyal to my piece-of-shit computer is that I have invested so much ingenuity into building one of the great auto-correct files in literary history. Perfectly formed and spelt words emerge from a few brief keystrokes: “Niet” becomes “Nietzsche,” “phoy” becomes “photography” and so on. Genius!

You can check out our own coverage of Dyer here.

31
Mar

blackgirlstalking:

Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with Zadie Smith

I’m sure you’ve heard about this by now, the Black girl love is still echoing through the internet, but this is something that needs to be here on Black Girls Talking. Two literary forces, Black women with different experiences and ties to the diaspora talking about their work, representation, feminism, sexism, and of course Beyonce. My heart is bursting. STILL.

- Alesia

24
Mar

makingcontact:

Happy Birthday to Dorothy Height

President of the National Council of Negro Women and a powerful voice for change and equality. You vision and work are sorely missed.

24
Feb

makingcontact:

Beautiful and inspiring posters from the African Activist Archive Project

18
Feb

The Wrath of Kwan

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