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Women We Read This Week

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ "Resegregation in the American South" in The Atlantic Focusing on the experiences of three generations of Tuscaloosa, Alabama residents, Nikole Hannah-Jones paints a depressing and accurate picture of resegregation in the American South. She addresses the very real fact that, despite Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, segregation is still very ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

"It's Always Spilling Over the Edges": Jamie Green interviews Leslie Jamison on BuzzFeed I've been loving Leslie Jamison's essays from her new collection, The Empathy Exams, that have come out recently in The Believer and Harper's. They're narratives that plunge into the frustrating world of doctor-patient communication and the vulnerability of a patient's narrative. ... [Continue Reading]

Storytelling

Vela Writers On: Storytelling

Where do fictional characters come from; what does it mean to bear witness; is information the death of story? In three short essays, Vela writers explore both the nature and the craft of storytelling. In The Non-Bravery of Bearing Witness, Lauren Quinn wonders why she gets called "brave" each time she writes a personal essay, and considers this definition of ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Rachel Monroe's "Fire Behavior" in Oxford American Read enough literary journalism and it becomes easy to trace the intentions and arguments of a piece from the start; this transparency, established in tidy lede and nut graf, doesn't necessarily mean a piece won't contain surprises or complexity, but does tend to establish a certain predictability. Readers must keep ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Madeleine Schwartz's Interview With Vivian Gornick in The Believer Here's one for the writers in the house. And the ladies. And especially the writer ladies. Discussing feminism, persona, the fallacy of "craft," and the difficulty of writing love scenes, Gornick champions memoir and nonfiction, and takes a stab at the shortcomings of MFAs--all of which endear her ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Donna Seaman’s "Turning out the lights just isn’t going to do it" in Creative Nonfiction In the movie Bang the Drum Slowly, there’s a card game called “The Exciting Game without Any Rules,” and I think that’s a good description of writing in general. It’s true of nonfiction writing in the sense that you are at the mercy of events. You go out, and you ... [Continue Reading]

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On Running Again

Last Saturday, the first almost-warm day of the year, I went for a run along the river, into town, through the park – a four mile loop in perfect, breezy, sunny conditions. It was glorious for about a mile and a half, at which point I developed a cramp in my stomach. I kept going for a few minutes, thinking it was a kind of test, that I could will myself to be tougher, ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Emily Gould’s "How Much My Novel Cost Me" on Medium I am a fan of reading about other writers’ tortured moments of procrastination, drinking, gambling, and thoughts of delusional grandeur. It is always good to be reminded that people can really fuck up and waste time but still eventually get their shit together. Or even that you can seemingly be successful, get a ... [Continue Reading]

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Vela Writers On: Money

I remember years ago – five years ago, to be precise – after I'd decided not to take another teaching job, I announced to my dad on the phone, "I'm going to make a living from writing." If this sounds like a terrifying decision, keep in mind that my rent in Oaxaca was $150 a month and a massive bean-and-cheese filled tlayuda, paired with a forty of Corona, cost ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Kima Jones' "The Aqiqah," in Midnight Breakfast It's always exciting to see a new literary site launch, especially when it includes complimentary original artwork. But when I saw that Kima Jones was included in the inaugural issue of Midnight Breakfast, I was even more excited. I've been following Jones' poetry and Twitter feed for a while, but this is was the first ... [Continue Reading]