In my newsletters, I like to share links to stuff I’ve read/watched. For both August and September, I had a wealth of links worthy of sharing but had to cut down. As an experiment, I thought I’d attempt to compile things I want to share into a weekly post. Then I’ll select some highlights for the newsletter. This may be a regular feature, it might disappear and never resurface. Depends on how much I like the structure.
Also, when I discussed the idea with a friend, she pointed out that this might be useful for myself. It’ll serve as an online record of links to parts of the web I’ve enjoyed reading/viewing that I can look back on and find again if I need to.
I’ve longed for a method of logging what I find online. Unless I find a better way, this will hopefully serve.
Here are 10 things from the past week that I felt were worth sharing…
- Sam Missingham, one of my favourite people I follow on Twitter, sent out a new issue of her newsletter The Empowered Author. She talks about how Salman Rushdie and Chuck Palahniuk have started serialising fiction on Substack. She also includes a wealth of useful links on book marketing, writing a good first page, authenticity reading and more. If you’re an aspiring author like me, I’d strongly recommend subscribing.
- Deborah Tuerkheimer on Rose McGowan, Harvey Weinstein, and How the Public Discredits Victims’ Stories for LitHub.
- I know I share Mic Wright’s Conquest of the Useless often, but I do thoroughly enjoy every single newsletter. His coverage of the Boris Johnson interview with Andrew Marr alongside Keir Starmer writing for The Sun in “The swine on the cliff: Boris Johnson is pig-ignorant and Keir Starmer is a hungry hog for Farmer Rupert…” is particularly excellent.
- Did you know cottagecore has an anti-capitalist sibling? It’s called goblincore. I’d never heard of it before, so I found Electric Literature‘s list of “8 Goblincore Books to Help You Embrace Your Inner Goblin” very interesting.
- For years I’ve lived with depression. It comes in cycles and is unpredictable. But I have noticed a change in the past year or two. A lot of my worst thoughts were centred on me and my own perceived failings. Whereas now, most of the time, my darker thoughts have a more existential theme to them. For Healthline, Crystal Raypole has put a name to what I’ve found myself feeling much of the time in her article, “Existential Depression: What to Do When Your Search for Meaning Overwhelms You.”
- Casetteboy’s dropped another great mash-up:
- Abigail Thorn has released another great episode of Philosophy Tube: “Islamophobia: An Analysis.”