Today I thought I'd link to a few posts I've enjoyed this week - good writing is harder to come by than you might think (especially on the internet), and good writing that's engrossing and entertaining so much more. I like to broaden my horizons though, so I challenge you to share any good stuff on your own blog or in the comments...
Derek Kreindler writes at Rich Corinthian Leather - I know him through Carchat (which I write at) - I love this post that he wrote the other week about being a car writer. "Writing is strange in that requires no tools or equipment, but it's the hardest form of art to share. You can easily show someone a photograph or play them a song. Try getting them to read your blog or short story."
Cliff gives us an introduction to Wire-bonics. This is another show that passed me by but I absolutely have to get into sometime soon. (Warning: contains scenes of extended, but funny and plot-crucial swearing.) "This time I’m really late to the party. In fact, being as I am, the hosts can’t remember if I was there at the party in the first place so they think I’ve forgotten some trinket or whatnot that someone else left behind."
Anna at Little Red Boat has done a guide to the 'Late Night Wars' that are going on over in the US at the moment - not only fascinating, but clear your schedule for hours of searching-through-You-Tube-fun! "It might seem from afar like a bunch of divas having tantrums, or egotistical famous gentlemen having some kind of loud contest about who has the thickest schlong, but actually it’s more interesting than that."
I was introduced to the Steakhouse Blues by Cliff and have been reading avidly ever since, even if the guy only posts as often as Vesuvius blows her top. He's an incredible writer and has written poignantly this week about the closure of the restaurant he's been running forever. Read through the archives, it's compelling stuff. "My fugue is briefly interrupted by the sound of breaking glass. A water glass has been knocked from the edge of a table by the worst server on my staff--an imbecile of the first order."
Another blog I dip into occasionally is David Crystal's DCBlog - he's the king of linguistics - I read a load of his books when I was doing English Language A-level, and even better, he's a professor at Bangor University. This week he writes about claims that were widely reported in the news that teenagers have daily vocabularies of only around 800 words and smashes them about a bit. "It's totally fallacious to think that the words you elicit from someone on a particular day or from a particular sample is an accurate index of all the words they know or use."
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