Best Essays on Writing, Holiday Traditions, Ned Vizzini, and More

James F. Thompson

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

Emily Temple offers her list of the ten greatest essays ever written about the craft of writing. (Flavorwire)

“For years, the books kept coming.” The New York Times explores the intriguing Italian politics and personal dramas that have characterized one of the greatest book-theft scandals in history.

The world you are about to enter and exist in doesn’t have a good reputation." Brain Pickings revisits an inspiring and insightful graduation speech given by Joseph Brodsky at the University of Michigan in December 1988.

The Los Angeles Review of Books offers this moving and personal tribute to Ned Vizzini, the popular young author who wrote about teenage depression and anxiety, who passed away last week.

“Several years ago, my mother announced she was through with Christmas trees." In the Paris Review, Titi Nguyen explores how abandoning holiday traditions can impact one’s definition of family and community.

The Rumpus interviews Beth Lisick, cofounder of the Porchlight reading series in San Francisco and author of Yokohama Threeway: And Other Small Shames, about her literary influences and writing techniques.

The Huffington Post offers a detailed list of words that were born as a result of a cultural event or technological advancement, and identifies the years the words were officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary.