III. Read. More. Poems. “Every person claimed to have felt chills at some point during the process, and about 40 percent showed visible goose bumps — a percentage that lines up with the responses most people have when listening to music and film soundtracks or watching emotional scenes in movies.” “This is What Happens to Your Brain When You Read Poetry”…Spoiler alert: it’s all good things.
IV. Writer Lindsay Tigue has started a website called HABIT & SPACE that an interview website that “focuses on the work/life balance, writing habits, and workspaces of contemporary writers.” Keep an eye out for the first interview coming soon!
V. “To call yourself an essayist is to confess that the story & your thoughts are not enough. There needs to be more.” Brian Oliu said this on Twitter this last week and I have found it has been bouncing around in my head. It’s so true and important.
VI. “The function of the dictionary is to offer definitive definitions, but from its very beginnings there was fierce disagreement over whether this was even possible, much less desirable, this turning of butterflies into specimens.” Lisa Chen’s essay, “Professors and Madmen” on dictionaries, prison, the power words hold in Ninth Letter.
XII. “…women are not only crafting essays that give voice to perspectives and concerns that men have overlooked, neglected, or silenced, but they are also transforming the very nature of the essay to yield new knowledge and new ways of knowing.” If you are looking for contemporary, “timely” essays, check out Eric LeMay’s piece on Essay Daily and the long list of essayists he recommends.