Marginalia: Journal Prompts (March)

If you have been following along with this monthly series, you may have journaled to the lists of prompts in January and February. If not, no worries. Each month is a discrete list so you can join in at any time. Here is a list of prompts for March: all related to the place of technology in our lives. Also, a couple of lovely essays from Barbara Ehrenreich (on journaling) and Zadie Smith (on technology — specifically, social media.) If you would like to discuss any of these technology-related questions, feel free to share in the comments below or use the Contact link to send a private message.

Published: The Promise of Redemption in ‘All the Names They Used for God’ (PopMatters)

This debut short story collection by Anjali Sachdeva launched earlier in the week. It blurs the line between literary and speculative fiction, which makes it a must-read for fans of both genres, I think. My review is up at PopMatters. "In her striking debut short story collection, All the Names They Used for God, Anjali Sachdeva's characters also reach for various kinds of redemption—inexplicable, undefined, mystical, even sublime. That reach propels them into curious liminal spaces that are not exactly darkly terrifying or horrific, as one might expect, but rather enchanting and mesmerizing."

Published: Appreciating the Wisdom of Ursula K. Le Guin (The National Book Review)

This week, Ursula K. Le Guin, the renowned science fiction writer who died in January, was awarded the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for No Time to Spare, a collection of ruminations on aging and the universe. I wrote an essay to explore this collection and more of her legacy over at The National Book Review.