A Writer's Notebook

Summer Brennan
A Writer's Notebook
Created 20 Jan 2021
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  • The Coldest Take of All, or, The End of Bad Art Friend
    23 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 20 0
    via Depositphotos So, people keep asking me, now that I have read through the court documents (here and here), what do I actually think about all of this Bad Art Friend stuff? Mostly, I think this ent...
  • Bad Discourse Friend: The Unraveling of a Viral Story (Part 2)
    21 Oct 2021 • 23 min read • 25 2
    via Depositphotos NOTE: Hi. This is part two of this story. The first part can be found here. I published it last week and then thought better of putting it up on it’s own without the full context of ...
  • Signal Boost: October Reads
    16 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 6 0
    Dear friends, This month finds me derelict in my reading. I’ve been spending about twelve hours a day every day for the past three weeks in an ICU in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my father, and have f...
  • Bad Discourse Friend: The Unraveling of a Viral Story (Part 1)
    16 Oct 2021 • 22 min read • 28 0
    via Depositphotos NOTE: Hi friend. My advice to you is not to read this post. Like, don’t even get into it. This is a very long post, reconstructing events from an already very long story, that I thin...
  • Writing Emergencies
    11 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 23 1
    Snowstorm, Finland, May 1967, by George Mobley Dear Friends, It has been too long since I’ve written. A little over a month ago I returned home to my apartment in the evening after a walk along the Se...
  • Signal Boost: September Reads
    06 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    Dear friends, Last month after posting my first installment of this monthly books column, I went a little book-crazy. I started looking through the fall catalogues of my favorite smaller presses and f...
  • Essay Camp Day 5
    20 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 4 2
    Zadie Smith. Photo by Hamish Brown c. 2013. “The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.” —Zadie Smith The final day of Essay Camp is here. My frien...
  • Essay Camp Day 4
    19 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 3 1
    Gloria Anzaldúa c. 1991. Photo by Alison Hawthorne Deming “Our task is to light the darkness.”—Gloria Anzaldúa Welcome to the fourth day of Essay Camp! I’m so glad that you are reading this sentence, ...
  • Essay Camp Day 4 Pre-Post
    19 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    Mark Twain’s office. Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT Hello Essay Campers! Due to some technical difficulties, today’s Essay Camp email will be going out a little later than usual. If you’re located i...
  • Essay Camp Day 3
    18 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    Susan Sontag c. 1970. Photograph by Jim Cartier “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your s...
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