In the last week I’ve taken a break from Facebook. Okay, a 90% lower amount of time break at least. It’s been good for my heart, my soul and my brain. It’s made me think about how I can be a better literary citizen without leaning on Facebook, which has become this kind of happiness-hemorrhaging suck lately. Well, why not use my blog for good instead? I’m here, it’s mine, and spreading some news is most definitely “cultivating a writerly sense of place.”
So, without further ado, I bring you the first Wordstalker Wednesday, notes from lurking around literary corners from the last week (or so).
This article on the fat-shaming threads rooted in ‘Friends’ excavated all the hurt I had from watching “fat Monica” in high school, perfectly: “The One With All the Fat Jokes, or How Fat Monica on ‘Friends’ Stuck With Me All These Years” by Megan Kirby, XOJane
You know how you stalk people online? And how those insidious hurts pile up and break bones? We don’t talk about it, do we? Well now Amanda Miska has, and you must read to understand: “The (Online) Stories We Tell” by Amanda Miska, The Rumpus
The extraordinary Katie Martin takes us on the worst possible trip to The Happiest Place on Earth in her new essay: “Checking In” by Katie Martin, Extract(s)
The MFA Teacher Dude is The Dress of Literary Twitter–some people saw a collection of good, albeit ham-handed comments on writerly academia, others saw Satan. Either way, this is the response worth reading: “An Open Letter to That Ex-MFA Creative Writing Dude” by Chuck Wendig, Terrible Minds
There may not have been as many Lady Gaga thinkpieces to come out of the Oscars as I’d hoped, but this essay on storytelling philosophies illustrated by this year’s top two polarizing best film nominees makes up for it: “Birdman vs. Boyhood: The Oscar Debate’s Classic Aesthetic Divide” by Lincoln Michel, Electric Lit
A journal publishing game-inspired lit is a great idea, but it’s work like this that transcends cool into outstanding. And just picked for the Best of the Net Anthology! “How Not to Win at Big Buck Hunter” by Georgia Bellas, Cartridge Lit
SUBMIT OR DIE!
GO OUTSIDE! OR AT LEAST INTO A DIFFERENT BUILDING!