1. Book sniffing note: Slanguage, by Bernard Share

    At Sesquiotica, James Harbeck revels in the memories of the scents of his books: “The way books smell matters.”

    Books
  2. Faith

    From Spikosauropod: “I have read the Bible from cover to cover, but it never really spoke to me…. I was also considering collecting some writings of my own and binding them together to be my bible…. Suddenly, I realized that this was all a mistake. There was no book of rules for me.”

    Exploration
  3. Thirteen Thoughts On Writing

    Paul Skenazy on writing, on the Brevity blog: “Defend your story; don’t give up on it. At the same time, accept that you actually don’t know what the story is that you can tell. It’s likely that what you thought is your story is not your story but a way to discover your story.”

    Authors
  4. Wandling Free?

    Musings at Richly Evocative on the Wandle in London: “Walking next to a river, perhaps especially an urban survivor like the Wandle, is the chance to connect with something beyond ourselves. Where the river goes and how it turns, or loops back on itself, meanders and twists, is often nothing to do with us humans.”

    Environment
  5. As we grow old

    A beautiful poem on aging and and wisdom by Senator Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: As we grow old / the ground we walk on / rises up / so that, / as each of those few moments / left to us / pass by…

    Poetry
  6. Entre Nous: Tressie McMillan-Cottom

    In Barb magazine, founder Marcelle Karp has a wide-ranging conversation with author and professor Tressie McMillan Cottom, on the South, black feminism, being a little petty, and much more.

    Authors
  7. The Teen Idol Vanishes

    “Without 24/7 media, without the internet, a fiction like Dylan McKay could overtake a fact like Luke Perry.” 90210 star Luke Perry’s untimely death reminds us that Dylan McKay was one of the last icons of adolescence.

    Commentary
    Adam Scull / AP, Getty, Collage by Katie Kosma
  8. Art
  9. The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Pearls

    Born from irritation and intrusion, luminous and complex, surprisingly durable: pearls are rich with symbolism and saturated with pain.

    Essay
    Illustration by Jacob Stead
  10. No Tokens

    No Tokens is a journal celebrating work that is felt in the spine.” Run entirely by women and non-binary individuals, No Tokens is dedicated to featuring the words and artwork of all voices of the past, present, and future.

    Writing