Best of the Web 5/2/16

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.

 

"The version of a place depicted in a novel will undoubtedly not entirely fit the view from your car window or hotel room": Laura Barnett on Gerald Durrell, a sheep carcass, and the dangers of seeing countries through a fictional lens. 

May 2, 2016 | GrubWrites

Procrastinate

Vol. 10: Authors Patricia Park and Maya Lang Confront Assumptions

Recently, the New York Times published an article called “What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood (If you’re not a straight white man),” a collection of stories from actors, directors, producers, and other film professionals who are consistently marginalized and underrepresented in a white male-dominated industry. To draw attention to similar issues in publishing, an industry with a dramatic disparity in racial demographics, we're collecting stories from writers, agents, and editors of color about what it's like to work and publish in an industry historically dominated by white people.

In advance of the Writers ...

April 29, 2016 | GrubWrites

The Writing Life

Vol. 9: Author Kristiana Kahakauwila on the Arrow Over Her Head

Recently, the New York Times published an article called “What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood (If you’re not a straight white man),” a collection of stories from actors, directors, producers, and other film professionals who are consistently marginalized and underrepresented in a white male-dominated industry. To draw attention to similar issues in publishing, an industry with a dramatic disparity in racial demographics, we're collecting stories from writers, agents, and editors of color about what it's like to work and publish in an industry historically dominated by white people.

In advance of the Writers ...

April 28, 2016 | GrubWrites

The Writing Life

Vol. 8: Agent Reiko Davis Reckons With Who She Reads — and Why

Recently, the New York Times published an article called “What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood (If you’re not a straight white man),” a collection of stories from actors, directors, producers, and other film professionals who are consistently marginalized and underrepresented in a white male-dominated industry. To draw attention to similar issues in publishing, an industry with a dramatic disparity in racial demographics, we're collecting stories from writers, agents, and editors of color about what it's like to work and publish in an industry historically dominated by white people.

In advance of the Writers ...

April 27, 2016 | GrubWrites

The Writing Life

Sound Quality: Edward St. Aubyn's Never Mind

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

"Nearly Strangled Restraint": A sentence from Edward St. Aubyn's first Patrick Melrose novel, Never Mind.

April 27, 2016 | Henriette Lazaridis

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