As regulars here will know, since 2015, I have used this day to highlight one woman who has been inspiring to me and others. Like many other women, I also had to get past my annoyance with the Hallmark-ey and consumerist mindsets that this day has generally proliferated. What I decided, though, is that women, overall, have had to struggle a lot to get here — from voting rights to patriarchal societal rules to sexism and misogyny, and a lot more. So if we take one day a year just to celebrate how far we have come and how much further we intend to go, that's definitely worthwhile. Beware of settling for the awful social media forwards/shares that celebrate women for doing so well per patriarchal norms and expectations. These faux feminism stances do a whole lot more to harm than bolster the position of women in our cultures.
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.
A short while ago, a writing friend asked for recommendations on how-to books for writing nonfiction. It sent me rummaging through my shelves. As usual, the list below comprises of my top three favorites, not necessarily the most popular ones out there. I have also included a handful of online sources at the end. Let me clarify that my focus here is on how to write in the essay form, or creative nonfiction (CNF), rather than an entire nonfiction book. Of course, many nonfiction books grow out of individual essays.