Source: Survival – by Josh Potter
Aspiring writers are too often told to write what they know. They are taught that some of their best ideas will come from their own personal experience. Sometimes, that is true. Sometimes, it is incredibly dangerous and damaging. I’m a white, straight male and, really, what I know doesn’t matter.
When I first started reviewing books, I was halfway through a manuscript myself and I felt as though I were playing with live ammo. A novelist who reviews books is like the pot calling the kettle trite, insincere and uninspired.
But then I remembered Maya Angelou. Continue reading “What can writing teach us about reading?”
The Seattle Review of Books website announced today a partnership between its books coverage and the arts coverage in the Seattle Weekly. This is an important philosophical investment in the literary identity of Seattle. While the sheer amount of writers in this city is paralleled only in, maybe, New York or San Francisco, there is a palpable lack of a literary community. The same few people show up at the same few readings and literary events are dominated by the enormous library systems or isolated bookstores. Nobody, with the exception, perhaps, of the Hugo House, has–until now–stepped up to take on the responsibility of being both a resource and an advocate for the writers of this city. This partnership is an opportunity for both the parties involved to provide a neutral space wherein exposing new writers occurs by way of their unstratified placement alongside established literati; where you don’t already have to be established to be seen in the same old establishments. I envision a bright future for a supportive literature community here. Finally.