Best of the Web 07/17/17

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.


From The Guardian,"Nipples On My Knee," "Love Your Lady Landscape," and "An Ape's View of Evolution": Meet the books in the running for the 2017 Diagram prize for oddest book title of the year.

July 17, 2017 | GrubWrites


News from DeadDarlings

This month at DeadDarlings we turned up the air conditioning and drew our inspiration from some unusual sources. Here is a look at some of the places where we get our ideas:

From the Buddha

Belle Brett meditates about how to know when a project is done in "The Sound of One Hand Clapping." 

July 14, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Write Down the Street at JP Porchfest!

On Saturday, July 8th, spoken word artists and musicians came together at Egleston Community Orchard for JP Porchfest 2017. At the world famous event, students from GrubStreet's Write Down the Street program captivated the audience with their extraordinary talents. We thank the Boston Public Library and our generous donors for helping make this community program possible. 

July 13, 2017 | Denise Delgado

Misremembering Stones

July 13, 2017 | GrubWrites

Read The Writing Life

Learning to Trust the Contrary

My four-year-old asks me to fill her water bottle with really, really, really cold water. She likes her water on the rocks. Or, perhaps better said, she likes her rocks with a splash of water.


I’m on my ninth ice cube when I notice that she is doing the pee-pee dance – legs crossed, hopping as she shifts her weight from side to side, as though she’s practicing for Riverdance.

July 12, 2017 | Ben Berman

Craft Advice The Writing Life