Expectations: Links

The world of publishing has exploded. Will explode again tomorrow. You are going to miss more good writing, more important articles, in your life than your grandparents could have read in their too-short spans.

I really could use your help. When you find an article that will make me think, leave me a note. Send me a tweet. Put it in my face.

Be my information scout and I’ll be yours.

Here’s what to expect from links. A quote from the piece that I find telling, important, funny or audacious. And then a link to the piece. If the teaser does the job, you’ll click and be thrilled, orgasmic, ecstatic, or pissed. I hope you’ll never be bored.

By the way: I call this “Quote of the Piece & a Link” style a STEELE. Thanks, Dave.

First up, Shoshanna Walter, Lakeland’s Lost Journalist, found this…

“Most of the people who do the talking about what it’s like for the very poor don’t spend much time with them. That circumstance transcends borders.”

When I pick a story, I’m very much aware of the larger issues that it’s illuminating. But one of the things that I, as a writer, feel strongly about is that nobody is representative. That’s just narrative nonsense. People may be part of a larger story or structure or institution, but they’re still people. Making them representative loses sight of that.

Katherine Boo spent three years in an Indian slum for her book, Behind the Beautiful Flowers. Emily Brennan interviewers her about her experience for Guernica.

Following three years of research in an Indian slum, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses what language can’t express, her view that nobody is representative, and the ethical dilemmas of writing about the poor.

(Photo CC by cattusbones)