Weekly Writer’s Roundup: 1.28.12

Isn’t it amazing how two days of classes (one for all you folks who luck out of Friday class) can feel like a full week on the tail end of winter break? Gotta get back into the swing of things, you guys. Though if you can’t quite make yourself start homework yet, you can always procrastinate with some semi-productive reading on what’s been up in the world of writing lately:

  • For those of you who use Goodreads (and you should; it’s pretty awesome), you might want to be aware that Goodreads is severing its ties with Amazon. (Collin Kelley)
  • This series of 15 Famous Authors’ Beautiful Estates is lovely, if misleading; only a small handful of extremely talented, extremely lucky writers get rich enough to buy these places, honestly. (Flavorwire)
  • I find this list of the 20 most literate cities in the country pretty fascinating. Maybe it’s just the New Englander in me, but Atlanta ranks above Boston? (Good Magazine)
  • Delightful in every possible way: how Dr. Seuss got his start! (NPR)
  • Apparently, Putin has plans to further impose his will upon Russia by instituting a national required reading list. (NY Daily News)
  • If you’re working on a creative manuscript, you should absolutely check out this extensive post by Susan Bearman over at Write It Sideways. She quickly takes you through the whole writing process, from drafting to editing to querying, and provides links along the way to relevant helpful articles that go into more detail. Worthy of a bookmark, for sure! (Write It Sideways)
  • Ever since Kim Jong-Il’s death, North Korea has become a subject of renewed fascination. Along with the rest of the country, I’ve been particularly intrigued by Adam Johnson’s book The Orphan Master’s Son, a novel set in modern-day North Korea (and written before Kim’s death, so he plays a major role in the story). This great interview with Johnson in the Paris Review makes me want to read it all the more. (Paris Review)

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