Best Things I Read This Week: 6/24

This week’s suggestions are a mishmash of pretty things, writerly things, and links relevant to this week’s notable days.


Brain Pickings always has incredible things to read, but this week I loved the epistolary- and vintage-infused “How to Write Letters: A 19th Century Guide to the Lost Art of Epistolary Etiquette.”  

This article, “My Writing Productivity Pipeline,” discusses academic writing specifically, but I think the idea is super useful for any kind of writing. I’m feeling inspired to assess my own writing organizational strategies and to stop feeling so guilty about the various states of my works-in-progress.

Accidents” by Diana Spechler is my favorite achy nonfiction this week.

In honor of World Refugee Day (June 20), a collection of thoughts about The Refugee Crisis via Granta.

Welcome summer (and summertime sadness) with Stacie Cassarino’s poem, “Summer Solstice.”

On erasing the mementos of moments, the pain and joy of remembering in a time when being present is glorified, and the curse/blessing of memory: “The Writer’s Curse, The Writer’s Blessing” by Rachel Louise Snyder.


Happy reading!