These dismally low numbers provide a reminder that “access” to education is more complicated than simply throwing open the digital doors to whoever wants to sign up. So how can we turn the mere availability of online instruction in STEM into true access for female students?
Are girls under-respresented in STEM classes because they learn differently?
Poetry books to buy in September. (I have poems in both Be The First To Like This and Songs of Other Places, so definitely get those!)
…and Be The First To Like This now has a Twitter!
She will tell you about how, when she was small, she could lose herself in a novel for hours, and now, all she can do is watch the tweets swim by like glittery fish in the river of time-she-will-never-get-back. You will begin to chafe at what sounds like a humblebrag—I was precocious and remain an intellectual at heart or I feel oppressed by my active participation in the cultural conversation—but then you will realize, with an ache of recognition, that you are in the same predicament.
Reading insecurity: it is a thing. (I loved this article!)
Bad Book Cover Redesigns, as skewered by Flavorwire (I’ve always felt a little uncomfortable about those ‘Murakami is Japanese!’ covers).
It’s very interesting to see what a publication like the Metro thinks are ‘ten books you need in your life.’
The more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. And there were, of course, the English teachers who lamented that no one wanted to read Henry James anymore.
Related to reading insecurity: what online reading is doing to us.
Marina Warner (aka The Woman I Would Most Like To Have As An Aunty Except My Actual Aunties Obv) just quit her teaching position at the University of Essex. She pulls no punches in telling us why.
Zadie Smith reckons there are two types of writers.
If the hero is police, then he’ll be the departmental maverick, too honest and decent to engage in office politics yet laser-focused on nailing his perp. Often there’s a murdered relative, almost always female, to juice this crusader’s motivation. His marriage will have fallen apart because he’s too stoic and too devoted to the Job to sustain a real relationship. But he’ll be devoted to his kid and a one-woman romantic at heart, even if hardly anybody ever gets near that heart. He’ll brood a lot and go home alone. He’ll have a temper, but a righteous one. He might drink too much or be too ready with his fists, but that just makes him a bit of antihero…
Rebus, much?! If you’re sick of cookie-cutter crime fiction, the answer is simple: read women.
Indie bookstores are on the rise again… yay!
The 7 stages of falling in love with reading.
Several times a year I am the recipient of emails or phone calls from friends, colleagues, parents, or complete strangers in search of writing guidance. Often the messages begins, “Hello, my name is Barbra. My daughter wants to be a writer. She’s very talented. Jill Matthews said you might be able to . . .” What follows ranges from, “give some advice” to “edit her trilogy.” These types of messages leave me sighing, not because I don’t enjoy cultivating new voices, but because how those people perceive the writing community and the writing vocation is often vastly different from actuality.
Do you get these emails? (I do!) Here’s a toolkit of things to send back in reply.
Press and PR… but for writers.
I LOVED this article about ‘life after the MFA.’ (Applies to other creative writing qualifications, too!) In it, one writer shares her “dream” back-of-the-book biography, then her real one…
One of the biggest mistakes I see in queries is what I call data-dump. This is when a query is too wordy or too long and is trying too hard to describe the world and/or fantasy elements.
Sending out your novel? Writer’s Digest have a great series showing successful query letters from real authors. Here’s one recent example!
This, also from Writer’s Digest, on applying for grants and residencies, is great.
The power of reading someone else’s words… and seeing yourself.
I’ve always been confused by this new found fetishisation of Scotch eggs and pork pies, with so many flash new pubs selling them at the bar.
I mean, I like Scotch eggs as much as the next Englishman, but I can’t help but think this kind of ancient casual bar snack cuisine they’re nodding to never really existed. Pork scratchings, yes, but Scotch eggs? You buy those from Saino’s, not from pubs. To me, pub cuisine will forever be associated with steak flavoured McCoy’s and the occasional reheated beef pie.
I’m not from London and actually don’t know London at all well, but I LOVED The Great London Gentrified Pub Crawl.
Cakes that are books… or books that are cakes? (I want the Hunger Games one!)
Celebrate Banned Books Week: read these books!
I’ve always loved ELO (sorry not sorry) but only discovered this song with the movie and now can’t. stop. listening.
I’ve posted this before but the video is so beautiful and very autumnal.
& I just discovered The Chin Review and haven’t laughed so much in a long time. So silly.
Have a great weekend!
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