July's monthly column at PopMatters featured five short stories about siblings by these fine contemporary writers: Martha Bátiz, K Anis Ahmed, Jenny Zhang, Lidudumalingani, and Kseniya Melnik. While there are certainly wonderful classics by writers like D H Lawrence, Flannery O'Connor, et al, these contemporary writers have explored finer and deeper nuances of sibling relationships using singular narrative styles and voices.
We are at the end of another annual series here. For each month of this year, we've picked a theme for daily journal prompts and, even if you haven't followed along this year, you can always do so when you choose. The themes have been varied -- themes like age/time, memory, vacations, seasons, language, books, productivity, technology, relationships, and more. In this last month, let's go back to each of the previous months, revisit what we wrote, and pick the two or three prompts we'd like to "do over."
An essay published at The Millions. I write about how Voltaire's Candide inspired both my physical garden and my literary one. Along the way, I share thoughts from Virginia Woolf, May Sarton, Diane Ackerman, Adam Gopnik and . . . The Martian (by Andy Weir.)