PQ Weekly Roundup: 30 Aug 2019

Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

  • “Oh, I love telling a story: beginning, middle, end. But there’s delight in telling a moment: the world turned over by a sudden encounter of unacquainted thoughts.” On rediscovering the pleasures of poetry.
  • Rejection is part of the creative process and every writer has experienced it. But should it remain a secret shame? But… “Rejection doesn’t automatically mean falling short; it can mean that risks are being taken, that you’re innovating. At the very least, it means that you’re trying.” This article argues we should talk about rejection—and here’s why.
  • We need more—and a wider variety—of reviewers. If you’ve ever thought of giving literary criticism a try, here’s a master class on the language of criticism from London Review of Books Editor Mary-Kay Wilmers.
  • “The Web has long been described as the Library 2.0, a digital reincarnation of the knowledge centers that have long propelled society. Yet libraries are based upon the concepts of curation and gatekeeping.” A though-provoking article that wonders, what if social media platforms were more like libraries?
  • And finally, we often think that creative jobs are the least likely to be disrupted by technology, right? Apparently not. Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly creative … and might even right more compelling ad copy than humans.


We’ve made it to Labour Day weekend, which definitely feels like the unofficial end of summer … and the start of the full-out literary season. So many new releases and book launches and festivals and awards to come! You may want to start planning out your time–beginning with the Fisher Small Press Fair September 7. See you there!


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