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
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
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?
The Naked Face by Malcolm Gladwell - The window to your soul may be easier to unlock than you ever thought possible.
The Art of the Handshake by Tom Chiarella - A perfunctory gesture? Hardly. It defines the exchange. A hands-on study of a subtle craft.”
The Invisible Grip by Tom Chiarella - Maintaining eye contact feels awkward, even creepy. At first. Then it just feels powerful.
The Oil We Eat by Richard Manning - How energy defines our lives — including the food we eat.
What If We Never Run Out of Oil? by Charles C. Mann - How new extraction technologies are opening up vast new oil resources that are both a blessing and a curse.
Jungle Law by William Langewiesche - Traveling through the heart of the Amazon rainforest to witness the destruction caused by the oil industry firsthand.
Dirty Coal, Clean Future by James Fallows - Is there such a thing as clean coal?
The Fracturing of Pennsylvania by Eliza Griswold - An investigation into fracking’s effects on health and the environment.
Scraping Bottom by Robert Kunzig - Rising oil prices have made the oil trapped in Alberta’s tar sands viable, and created a whole new industry on an epic scale.
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 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
How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live by Steven Johnson - A Time cover story from way bck in 2009 on the emergent properties of the then shiny new Twitter
Small Change by Malcolm Gladwell - Why the revolution will not tweeted
A Eulogy for Twitter - Is Twitter over?
Hello, I Am Fat - “This is my body and I’m not ashamed of it in any way. In fact, I love it.”
Hello, Fellow Gym-Goers, Look at My Fat Butt by Lindy West - “When I go to the gyme I know everyone there is working toward the goal of not being me.”