Happy Friday, friends. Thank you for your lovely response to last week’s hard news. My family and I appreciate it.
I hope this collection of interesting reads and enticing finds helps ease you into that weekend frame of mind.
My favorite finds from around the web:
- This Spooky Season, Give Horror a Chance. “Horror can offer comfort, can offer solace. Not because it’s an accurate representation or dramatization of our turmoil — who’s that intentional with their media consumption? — but because horror comes packaged for us in 400-page novels, in two-hour movies, in stories that end. Whether those books or films end happily or not, they end. For all of us who sense no end to our own daily horror stories, that’s what’s important.”
- Related: 12 horror novels for wimps.
- This would be a perfect library cart. (Those colors!)
- How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive. This got me thinking about my own handwriting.
- The Fiction of the Color Line. “Since the late-19th century, writers have used passing as a narrative tool to do everything from encouraging white readers to sympathize with the struggles of Black characters to scrutinizing the hypocrisy of America’s racial hierarchy.”
- This unbeatable wine deal is back for a limited time. Get 6 bottles of wine for $29.99, shipped, with the code DARCY.
- How Amazon Changed Fiction As We Know It. This interview covers so much ground, from the way Amazon views all fiction as genre fiction to the rise of author-entrepreneurs to how it came to dominate the publishing landscape.
- It’s been 42 years since ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide’ answered the ultimate question. If you know, you know.
- Aunt Jemima, Mammy, and Me. “Cooking, if it is anything, is a road map. It allows others to experience where you and your people have been. And if you are particularly good at it, you can push the boundaries to imagine where you have the potential to go.”
- Why Is There a Tiny Pocket Above the Front Pocket on Jeans? I had no idea.
Don’t miss these posts:
- 12 essential books on writing for National Novel Writing Month. Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo this November?
- 9 (mostly) little things I’m loving lately: kitchen edition. The comments are gold!
- 6 tips to help you tackle a classic novel. There’s no need to be intimidated!
- October 26: Live chat with Bezi Yohannes: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of Parable of the Sower with Bezi Yohannes! Bezi is an expert on Black fantasy and Afrofuturism, and she’ll be sharing more about these distinct genres with us to enhance our understanding of this month’s selection. (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
- November 4: How to Write a Book Review: Why is it so hard to talk about books we love (or don’t)? This session is packed with practical tips and an easy formula for creating book reviews, whether you want to sum up your reading experience for your bestie, record your thoughts in your private book journal, or share publicly on Instagram, Goodreads, or other public review sites. (This is a Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club event. Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
- November 30: Live chat with author Amy Jo Burns: Time for our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club discussion of Shiner with author Amy Jo Burns! (Events are available as replays for members who cannot attend live.)
Find more upcoming events here.
Have a great weekend!