8 Favorite Newsletters

I am not writing right now. This is highly unusual for me, because I have, for years, written every day. I have no doubt that I will fall back into that comfortable routine soon, but at this very moment, for the last five weeks or so, other life things have taken priority, and that’s okay. I can’t make weather.

As a way of living adjacent to writing during this bit of turbulence, I have been reading. I just finished Natalia Ginzburg’s Happiness, as Such and loved it so much I didn’t want it to end. I’ve also been doing that thing where I let my favorite newsletters pile up in my inbox until I can sit down and read them all straight through for a little burst of inspiration.

Maybe you are looking for a burst like that, too? Here are some of my favorites.

  • What It Is I Think I’m Doing

    I would read Kaitlyn Greenidge’s writing about pretty much anything, and here she writes mostly cultural criticism. We had babies around the same time, so I especially appreciate her thoughts on writing/living with a little one.

  • Reading Habits

    Arianna Rebolini gives us *the perfect* book recommendations and lets us in on her life. I have the honor of calling Arianna a friend and she is gutsy with a ton of heart, just like her writing.

  • The Art of Flash Fiction

    Kathy Fish is a true celebrity in the flash world and also one of the nicest people ever. This is a craft newsletter complete with prompts and reading recs.

  • Sweater Weather

    Brandon Taylor describes his newsletter as “essays about culture and writing from a cranky and sometimes salty fiction editor” and that is exactly what it is. It’s also unabashedly academic and, at the same time, fun.

  • Walk It Off

    Isaac Fitzgerald takes us on walks, usually around NYC, sometimes around other places, frequently with guest interviews. Often poignant, always charming.

  • Memoir Monday

    A collection of the week’s top essays as chosen by the editors of Catapult, Granta, Guernica, Narratively, The Rumpus, and Literary Hub. A grab bag of memoir!

  • Craft Talk

    The home of 1000 Words of Summer, plus Jami Attenberg’s weekly thoughts on writing and life. (Paid subscriptions help fund donations, which have amount to over $20k in the last year!!! This week’s donation is going to Funds for People of the Bayou.)

  • Astrology for Writers

    New moon, full moon, and monthly astrology readings from Jeanna Kadlec, with a special focus on how it applies to one’s writing/creative practice. (Side note: I am pumped to read Jeanna’s upcoming memoir, HERETIC, which is about getting divorced, coming out, leaving the evangelical church, and finding community. I first came across her writing via an essay in Catapult about her love for Jennifer Knapp, and as a fellow Midwestern ex-evangelical who spent the late 90s and early 2000s listening to Christian rock and the ladies of Lilith Fair, I felt SEEN.)

Speaking of full moons, there is one tomorrow, and I am planning a harvest. All that has gone into one of my other projects, this uncategorizable nonfiction thing, for the last 2+ years feels ready to come together. Barring any more life surprises, I will be writing again — not necessarily working on the next novel, but the time for that feels imminent, too.