On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process
Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer
Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start
Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”
Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.
Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.
That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.
A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.
The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write
Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”
The University Has No Clothes by Daniel B. Smith - A critical review of the spate of prominent attacks aimed at college education.
Learning by Degrees by Rebecca Mead - A strong argument against measuring the value of a degree in purely economic terms.
In the Basement of the Ivory Tower by Professor X - An anonymous instructor at a low-end college makes the case that university isn’t for everyone.
College for $99 a Month by Kevin Carey - How online education could be great for students - and catastrophic for universities.
Laptop U by Nathan Heller - Has the future of college moved online?
The Last Don by Devin Friedman - How the Sicilian mafia’s boss of bosses evaded capture for over 40
How I Became a Con Artist by Jason Jellick - The slippery slope of amateur scams
The Dangers of Stash by Brendan I. Koerner - On building custom cars for serious drug smugglers
Uncatchable by Michael Finkel - The amazing story of the world’s most brazen fugitive
The Sicario by Charles Bowden - Inside the life of a Juárez asassin
The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything by Linda Holmes - A mediation on the fact that we will never interact with most of the world’s ideas
Keep Your Identity Small by Paul Graham - How your identity can hijack your ideas
What Defines a Meme? by James Gleick - How ideas spread, multiply and evolve
The Crayola-fication of the World by Aatish Bhatia - How giving things names changes the way we perceive them
We’re All Gonna Die! by Gregg Easterbrook - But it probably won’t be because of biological weapons, runaway nanobots, or global warming. A skeptical guide to the apocalypse.
The Sky Is Falling by Gregg Easterbrook - The odds that we’ll be hit by a giant ball of space rock are 1 in 10. So why aren’t we doing anything about it?
Apocalypse Not by Matt Ridley - Is all this talk of an apocalypse a little alarmist?
Is Humanity Suicidal? by Edward O. Wilson - Are we about to go off a cliff, or does a glorious future await?
Outsmarting the CERNageddon by Erik Vance - Could the Large Hadron Collider suck us into a blakc hole?
I have been on Tumblr for nearly four years and steadily been finding great accounts related to writing. Thought I’d share some of my favorites for other writers or aspiring writers.
The Electric Typewriter I am convinced that Dan, the curator of tetw, has found and neatly catalogued every good bit of writing on the internet. I could be wrong, but check for yourself.
Last Nights Reading Drawings by Kate Gavino with quotes from readings in New York City.
The Rumblr The Tumblr account for The Rumpus. Their posts, reblogs, gifs, and horoscopes by Madame Clairevoyant make me giddy ever time they come up on my dashboard.
Press 53 A publisher of short fiction and poetry collections based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Their Poetry Wednesdays, Flash Fiction Fridays, and 53-story contests inspire many a sentence and story.
Penguin Classics From the editors of Penguin Books and Penguin Classics, they share quotes, photos, and, my personal favorite, Friday Final Lines. Every Friday, they offer the closing lines of a Penguin Classic.
The Paris Review Curated by their digital director Justin Alvarez, the quarterly literary magazine’s Tumblr is full of inspirational graphics and quotes that link to Paris Review articles, essays, and interviews well worth reading.
Button Poetry Even though they have only been around a little over a year, they consistently showcase new (and incredible) performance poets.
Yeah Write Everything creative writing related. Quotes, book lists, interesting articles and graphics
Electric Literatures Recommended Reading Recommended Reading is released on a four week curation cycle: beginning with a story chosen by Electric Literature, followed by an excerpt from an indie press, then an author recommendation, and finally a selection from a magazine’s archive. Each issue includes an editor’s note written by that week’s partner, introducing you to the work and their mission.
Black Balloon Publishing An independent press based out of New York City. They publish fiction, nonfiction, and memoir and “champion the weird, the unwieldy, and the unclassifiable.” They consistently publish great posts like Can You Identify the Handwriting of These 12 Famous Authors and Daddy Dearest: 10 Literary Fathers and Father Figures to be Glad Aren’t Your Own
Fwriction The online literary journal’s blog, “specializing in work that melts faces and rocks waffles.”
Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows Although the account hasn’t been updated in nearly 5 months, there are several years of archives with words and definitions John Koenig created for emotions that otherwise leave us speechless.
Today’s Document A little history always gets the words flowing for me. The Tumblr for the U.S. National Archives posts one document daily.
Hello You Creatives A collective of humans being creative. Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration.
Creative Mornings/Findings In a slump? Come here for photos, quotes, projects, and more from other creatives.
Strand Books Based in New York City
Powell’s Books Based in Portland, Oregon
Open Books Store Based in Chicago, Illinois
FREELANCE & PUBLISHING
**I will continually be adding to the list