Hi There,Here's a collection of stuff from this week I think you may enjoy.
1) This Elliot Page profile grabbed me. It's hard enough to be an artist, much less one whose art hinders them living their truth. And a profile of artist Nicole Eisenman contains some lessons for us creative types.
2) During some research, I came across this 2012 list of writing rules from Colson Whitehead. Some may be a little tongue-in-cheek, but there are some excellent pointers in here. And Tom Belskie says good writers are good readers. If you need reading material, I highly recommend James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.
4) Who doesn’t love seeing an artist at work? Watch a behind-the-scenes recording of Frank Sinatra recording the song “A Very Good Year” in 1965. Then spend a few seconds getting entranced by watching this video of light animating art.
5) I enjoyed this interview with poet Jasmine Mans. Speaking of interviews, if you struggle with interviewing people, this article may help.
6) Let's remember that experimenting is a necessary part of the creation process.
7) Austin Kleon dissects the differences in songwriting between Elton John and his writing partner, Bernie Taupin. I recently watched the film Rocketman, by the way. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.
8) This week would've been author Philip Roth's 88th birthday, so I read this paper about Roth's Cold War activities in Czechoslovakia. I had no idea that Roth helped publish in the U.S. Czech writers whose work was banned in their home country. And in Bidwell Hollow, Andrew Sanger explores Roth's impact on 20th century American literature.
9) This article reviews Rachel Marie-Crane Williams' new book, Elegy for Mary Turner, and it also highlights the lynching of Black Americans. But the piece also explores how Williams made the book, a combination of art, copy, and photographs. And listen to Billie Holiday sing "Strange Fruit," a song based on the events Williams depicts in her book.
10) Book publisher Anne Trubek delivers a thought-provoking breakdown about some writers who are leaving the Substack newsletter platform. Bidwell Hollow is leaving Substack, but not for the reasons people mention here, here, and here. I tweeted why Bidwell Hollow is moving.
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