I interviewed Leslie Jamison for BuzzFeed Books. We talked about travel, parents, writing, pain, maggots, ultra-marathons, and other sorts of things one expects in an essay collection.
Posts tagged writing
These are the ways foreign women get down the street in Cairo. These are the tricks they share, the ways they teach me to “beige out,” as one woman put it, to fog up the glasses, whenever outside. Outside is the sphere of Egyptian men. Men run markets, crowd alleys, fill every subway car but the very middle one, marked by a huddle of headscarves. Females are scarce on Cairo’s streets, and those who do appear seem hurried, like mice suddenly exposed in the middle of a room, rushing for cover.
Colleen Kinder, “Blot Out”
Hear Colleen read from this essay in episode 2.
Writers: Have you ever taken pictures of the weird, extreme, radical things you do to revise your work? Dramatically marked-up pages? Cut-up pages, index cards, post-its on the wall? I want to show my students how intensively - and inventively - professional writers revise their work. Email me with anything you have.
(I’d also love if you’d reblog this.)
This is about the resident unpaid acting (and labor) troupe at The Flea and The Flea’s new big building, but you don’t need me to tell you that it’s about much more than that, too.
Lessons, from my friend Jarrod who teaches pre-school, for teachers of students of any age.
What if a legitimate part of my writing process is reading tumblr and twitter for fifteen minutes after I sit down to clear my brain?
- Feedback: At this point I begin to wonder *why* we are in this hall.
- New line I added: "There are things worth seeing; you just have to have patience for the fact that they will be unremarkable and small. Important things are often unremarkable and small."