Subtle Maneuvers

Mason Currey
On wriggling through a creative life, from Daily Rituals author Mason Currey
Created 18 Feb 2020
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  • Really good writing advice from Slavoj Žižek
    22 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 20 21
    Welcome to the latest issue of Subtle Maneuvers. Previously: Joanna Hogg’s art of perseverance. Slavoj Žižek (b. 1949) Have I mentioned that I’m really stuck on my new book project? Yes, still! But, l...
  • Joanna Hogg’s art of perseverance
    08 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 16 11
    Welcome to the latest issue of Subtle Maneuvers. Previously: Mary Ruefle does not own a computer. Joanna Hogg (b. 1960) Our society routinely celebrates youthful talent, but, really, aren’t late bloom...
  • Mary Ruefle does not own a computer
    25 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 22 16
    Welcome to the latest issue of Subtle Maneuvers. Previously: Louise Bourgeois’s daily routine circa 1980. Mary Ruefle (b. 1952) Last month, someone on Twitter shared the Mary Ruefle poem “A Morning Pe...
  • Louise Bourgeois's daily routine
    11 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 16 5
    Welcome to the 75th issue (!) of Subtle Maneuvers. Thanks to everyone who’s been reading and sharing the newsletter these last twenty months, it means a lot! If you’re a new subscriber, you can always...
  • A megalomaniac with extremely low self-esteem
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 17 4
    Welcome to the latest issue of Subtle Maneuvers. Previously: Sybille Bedford’s squandered years (and their resolution!) Nick Cave (b. 1957) Photo by Richard Learoyd for the New York Times Last week wa...
  • Sybille Bedford’s squandered years
    13 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 16 4
    Welcome to the latest issue of Subtle Maneuvers. Previously: an end-of-summer mega advice column. Sybille Bedford (1911–2006) Sybille Bedford in Rome in 1950, via the Paris Review Those of us who have...
  • Mega advice column, plus an announcement
    30 Aug 2021 • 13 min read • 13 14
    Hi, everyone—I’m back from my four-week newsletter break with a reluctant realization: Sending this newsletter every Monday and making serious progress on my new book may be more than I can realistica...
  • Advice on building creative stamina
    26 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 24 15
    Welcome to the latest installment of my monthly advice column. Please note: I’m taking a four-week break from this newsletter, returning to your inboxes August 30. Dear Subtle Maneuvers, I’m writing t...
  • Lauren Berlant’s labor of being
    19 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 13 3
    Welcome to the latest issue of Subtle Maneuvers. Previously: David Salle, Janet Malcolm, and feeling like you’re doing everything wrong. Lauren Berlant (1957–2021) Lauren Berlant, via uchicago.edu Sho...
  • “If work comes easily, it is suspect”
    12 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 16 8
    Welcome to the latest issue of Subtle Maneuvers. Previously: Advice on self-marketing (ugh) with guest columnist Ron Hogan. The other week, following the sad news of the writer Janet Malcolm’s passing...
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