Sunday, April 09, 2023

Timothy Snyder's doomy premonitions - The Unbearable Costs of Becoming a Writer

Who can persist in their creative goals without the guarantee of financial stability? Nicole Chung on the price paid by her family...

After years of hard work and low pay, the risks I took to work in publishing are finally paying off. But now, I wonder about the price my family paid, and whether it was too steep.

The Unbearable Costs of Becoming a Writer

Soulful Writers Matter:

This Magazine With 1,000 Subscribers Has Become A Serious Force In Irish Literature

"Founded in Dublin in 1997 as a receptacle for 'all this great writing floating around,' The Stinging Fly has reached its 25th year as a launching pad for some of the country's most promising, and in time, some of its best known, poets and novelists." - The New York Times

My Students Are Struggling To Understand What They Read – Here’s Why

Too many of the undergrads taking the course I currently teach cannot read. They’re literate, of course, but unable to sit long enough to read a chapter from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden or an essay about an Australian ecofeminist nearly mauled to death by a crocodile. - AlJazeera

Timothy Snyder's doomy premonitions are not meant to make people depressed or resigned. He reminds them that they might still change history

Italy’s New Right-Wing Government Wants To Outlaw The Use Of Foreign Words (Yes, Just Like Mussolini Did)

"(The) eight-article proposal includes imposing a fine of up to €100,000 ($108,000) on the use of foresterismi, or foreign words that have Italian translations, in official and public-facing communications. This includes names or acronyms used for professional roles — say, manager, or CEO." - Quartz

Prof Timothy Snyder in Lviv, Ukraine, on 25 March 2023. Photograph: Yurko Dyachyshyn/The Guardian 
Historians aren’t supposed to make predictions, but Yale professor Timothy Snyder has become known for his dire warnings – and many of them have been proved correct by Robert P Baird

Joanna Biggs: “Around the time I realized I didn’t want to be married anymore, I started visiting Mary Wollstonecraft’s grave” Changing Status »