Everyone should read this book in which the character of a madame in a brothel is based on my grandmother
In her email she wrote that she hoped she would be a madame in a brothel, but was nervous she would just be a hairdresser. I found this hilarious, since my grandmother’s like this high class high brow old money 88 year old.
Well, sounds like Granny’s dreams came true! She is, in fact, the madame of a brothel in the book. Her real name is Mary Rosanne Stambaugh, but the character is named Rose Stambaugh.
I’m surprised no one’s made her a character before—my Granny is the most interesting woman I know. And her family knew the Hemingways!
150 Great Articles and Essays
For the last 2 years The Electric Tyepwriter has been searching the internet to bring you the best journalism, essays and narrative nonfiction. Now we’ve put togehter a collection of 150 favourites, plus links to over 750 more amazing reads.
25 Great Articles about Words and Writing
Great writing about reading, speaking, journalism and… writing.
Writer's Digest: Writing 21st Century Fiction: A Sneak Peak
As someone whose goal it is to finish a manuscript and find an agent in 2013, I found this very helpful!
When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will remain split.
Over four decades of writing have done nothing to blunt Joan Didion’s razor sharp wit or dull her sparkling prose. A full list of all her essays that are available online is here.
I wonder if anyone can make a life and living of writing anymore like Didion did.
Either way, she’s still one of my idols & favorites.
25 Great Articles about Women
A selection of the very best articles and essays about women, covering everything from body image, sex and reproductive issue to work, feminism and what makes them tick.
Love it!! And the picture haha.
Internship Applications: Some Excellent Guides
So how many words long should my novel be?
This is a blog post by a former agent. She breaks it down by genre and age group. Good stuff to know!
100 Great Nonfiction Books
A massive list of the very best nonfiction, including great works of journalism, memoir and reportage, the very best in popular science and nature writing, and the greatest books about history and politics. And, of course, collections of articles and essays!
I’m in a nonfiction-y mood lately. I think it’s because we have some great nonfiction advice articles that’re going to be in the upcoming issue of The Review.
Vaginas, Wombs and Menstruation
The New Full-Frontal by Ashley Fetters - Has Pubic Hair in America Gone Extinct?
Snip, stitch, kerching! by Marie Myung-Ok Lee - A look at designer vagina surgeries and the questionable motives of the doctors who perform them.
We Do Abortions Here by Sallie Tisdale - A nurse at an abortion clinic describes her work.
The Sanguine Sex by Caitlin Flanagan - “Abortion and the bloodiness of being female.”
John Rock’s Error by Malcolm Gladwell - How the fallacy of a natural monthly cycle was used to help the contraceptive pill find acceptance, but may endanger women’s health.
In the Red Tent by Lindy West - Find out what goes on at a celebration of menstruation.
All fascinating, especially if you’re interested in writing creative nonfiction.
Or, you know, a woman.
The Best American Essays 2012
The Best American Essays has a new site, which not only lists the essays that made it into the book, but also the countless nominees. So we decided to look through the whole list, and put together a collection of our favourites:
In Sable and Dark Glasses by Joan Didion
Eyewitness to History! by Matt Labash
The King of Human Error by Michael Lewis
Dr. Don by Peter Hessler
Paper Tigers by Wesley Yang
Creation Myth by Malcolm Gladwell
On Being an Only Child by Geoff Dyer
Personal Best by Atul Gawande
The Movie Set That Ate Itself by Michael Idov
You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey! by John Jeremiah Sullivan
Remind me to read all of these.
W. W. Norton: From counterculture to anticulture
Nick Carr responds to Tim O’Reilly’s dismissal of the literary novel:
This is so foolish and confused, so callous. It takes a remarkable degree of critical vacuity to suggest that because an art form is “relatively recent,” it lacks worth — that because the novel is “only a 200-year-old…
Dem’s fightin words!