I’ve been listening to a lot of Marina and the Diamonds lately, and in particular loving this acoustic version of “Lies”.

Here’s a non-fiction essay writing contest for any writers out there, via LUMINA.

In the same vein, the formidable Joyce Carol Oates offers some of her personal writing tips for aspiring writers.

Rolling Stone has been receiving a lot of criticism for choosing to put alleged Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. That being said, I think most people should get past the cover and read the article written by Janet Reitman attempting to uncover how he went from just any other young man to the target of a national man hunt. It’s a bit long, but definitely a good read.

I tend to love reading Jessica Brookman’s site NOT ✻ OTHERWISE, and sometimes I go back and read this post. She’s a baller. My favorite parts:

“Fact: You can have any lifestyle you want if you bear the cost of what it takes to get there.” 

“Nearly. I am alive. Very much so. More importantly, I am me. More than ever. I’m guessing there are easier ways to learn who the fuck you are but there’s nothing quicker than fire.”

The Trephine’s Once more, with feeling lays out all her reasons for getting married, for a second time, and all the thoughts and logic relating to that decision. So comprehensive, and witty.

“I let the cake lady explain the entire ordering process to me, because I didn’t have the heart to tell her she had made my last one eleven years ago. ‘But it was delicious!’ I’m sure I would add hastily. ‘I mean, clearly it was, because you earned my repeat business! Ha ha ha ha ha!’ (Seriously, she makes the best cake in town. What was I supposed to do?)”


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