Notes in August 2019

In reading about writing, I’m engrossed in Natalie Babbitt’s Barking with the Big Dogs: On Writing and Reading Books for Children. Collected from 1970 to 2004, these are mostly speeches delivered to other literary folks. I read this in July as well but have, since, read so much more about her, that I’ve returned to these pieces once more.

In writing about writing, I am working on a piece about the process of emptying my filing cabinet, a week-long exercise in rediscovering and recycling. (With a lot of wincing and the occasional sigh of satisfaction.)

In reading about reading, I have been catching up with issues of Canadian Notes & Queries. I love their peculiar brand of bookishness.

And, in writing about reading, I have been working on a series of essays inspired by rereading books that I loved (and didn’t) when I was a girl: Revisiting. Like this one about Harriet the Spy. (There are a lot of ads embedded in the article, but their revenue contributes directly to writers.) You won’t be surprised to hear my focus is Natalie Babbitt.

August 3, 2019

“August arrived. The sky was pale and seemed higher each day, some increasing sense of a domelike membrane swelling with its own exhaustion.”
Elizabeth Strout Amy and Isabelle

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