"Like most writers I am deeply fascinated with the human condition. I like to ask my students to define the human condition. They have all sorts of intelligent things to say about it, better answers than I could come up with most of the time. Then I draw a stick figure on the board and put an X through it. This is the human condition. That we will end and we don’t know when or how. Everything we do, I think, revolves around this reality though we pretend otherwise."

The Mouth of the River: Fragmented — My Writing Process Blog Tour

These words belong to my dear friend, Emily Casey. She is a wondrous human being.

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Instead of hearing music from a group of gender-inclusive role models, the young folks of the JCC are getting their first taste of a blacklist.

"While it’s laughable that the Breitbart.com team doesn’t know how to be edgy, and instead comes across as offensively juvenile, Wasserman-Schultz makes a good point: the deeper wrong goes far beyond one political figure. The treatment of Pelosi, among the most powerful women in the nation, is emblematic of a larger trend: the gauntlet that all female politicos must run when dealing with the media."

Hey, Here’s An Idea — Sexism Against Women Politicians, Also: Boobs! | xoJane

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"And we can’t really share the lowlights, at least not most of them. I’m not going to tell you when a story is rejected, because I don’t want you to doubt my work. I won’t tell you that the panel I did was horrible, and everyone on it was a jerk, and the guy next to me put his hand on my leg. I’m not going to tell you if I’m afraid my new novel is a disaster. I’m not going to tell you if I get eviscerated in Publisher’s Weekly. Everything is peaches and sunshine. Sunny peaches. Peachy suns. Because if you believe my book is amazing, maybe you’ll order it. And I can earn enough money to buy food."

Writers You Want to Punch in the Face(book) | Ploughshares

This is a hilarious post about writing and social media.

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"Humans, they warn, seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia."

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say - The Washington Post

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fellowette's song selection—to accompany her short story, “Balcony”—for fwriction : review’s Waffle-Rocking Playlist

Why I went with Lana: it’s a song that’s both awful and amazing. It encapsulates the droning shallowness and simultaneously undeniable seductiveness and longing that I hope permeates the party scene in “Balcony.”