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I think one of the greatest gifts writers can give each other is the act of simple witness. To say to each other: I believe you and I believe in you and I want you to keep on keeping on because that’s the only way. Write that story or poem or essay or novel or play or advice column that you feel compelled to write, no matter what the market says.
5. “Racist writing is a craft failure.”

Kwame Dawes pointed this out at AWP. I’ve quoted it before, and it bears repeating again and again. We talk about these issues like they are a moral/political issue alone, but stereotypes are clichés. If you write them, whether characters, plot points, or contextual cues, you are writing some shit that has been done again and again. It’s boring and you can do better.
—  12 Fundamentals Of Writing “The Other” (And The Self)
I agree with Daniel José Older on most things.

The Chronicles of Narnia is a layer cake of desire, of belief, each laid one over the other. Imagine a Christian realm full of creatures of Greek (dryads, fauns, Bacchus) and German (dwarves, giants) myth. Imagine a Christ who is not Christ but a lion. A lion. (That is a pretty big leap, let’s acknowledge it.) Imagine the language of 20th-century school children (“That’s a real brain-wave, Pole”) rubbing up with that of Gawain and the Green Knight (“My Lady is a nosegay of all virtues”). Imagine a pre-industrial society with sewing machines. Imagine a wild, animal realm where everyone takes tea and Santa still exists. Imagine a lone, lit street lamp in the middle of a dark, snowy wood.

How To Get Back To Narnia | Buzzfeed Books

This gif.


John Green does a #6SecondBookReview of his own book, Paper Towns!

What’s more, I often find myself wondering if — in all the sturm-und-drang over BuzzFeed Books, or over the issue of including GIFs in book reviews, or whether book critics can use Twitter — the people who care about books aren’t contributing to their own obituaries. I am wary of sounding like a teenager who thinks that the grown-ups are just “out of touch, man,” but the truth is, BuzzFeed and GIFs and Twitter now exist, and are part of our daily experience. Assuming that we want books to be tied to our daily experience too, then we have to accept that books are going to get tangled in all of those, as evidence of the crucial role books can still play in life. Getting all huffy every time the book “brand” is tarnished by proximity to the newer parts of the Internet isn’t going to do much to rescue the jobs of book critics, in the end. In fact, it’ll probably just bury them alive.

BuzzFeed Books Won’t Kill Literary Criticism — But Book Snobbery Might – Flavorwire

Hell yes, Michelle Dean. Hell yes, Isaac Fitzgerald. Hell yes, book gifs!