Written on November 22, 2011 by Jane Friedman in Writing Advice
Earlier this fall, I was asked for a list of the best blogs and websites focused on literaryfiction and culture. While I knew of a few, I put the question to my social network, and was able to curate the following list.
If I’ve missed any sites that deserve consideration, please let me know your favorites in the comments, and I’ll consider expanding the list. (Note: I have deliberately excluded well-known traditional media, e.g., Publishers Weekly, New York Times, etc.)
Best Literary Fiction Blogs & Websites
- The Rumpus. They claim to be about culture, rather than pop culture. Mission: “To introduce readers to things they might not have heard of yet.” Twitter:@The_Rumpus. Recent post: All Over Coffee Collaboration With Daniel Handler
- We Who Are About to Die. A group blog that covers a lot of territory. Run by Daniel Nester. Twitter: @WWAATD. Recent post: Quick, name a literary journal off the top of your head!
- The Millions. An online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture since 2003. Twitter: @The_Millions. Recent post: Battle of the Heavyweights: Errol Morris vs. Susan Sontag
- HTML Giant. I’ve enjoyed having my blog posts smartly ridiculed by HTML Giant. Many contributors, always a good read. Twitter: @HTMLGiant. Recent post: Blog Is Still a Four-Letter Word
- The Nervous Breakdown. This site goes way beyond literary fiction and culture, but if you enjoy the other sites on this list, then check out this one, too. Twitter: TNBtweets. Recent post: New Directions in Publishing: Victor David Giron and Caroline Picard on Chicago’s Indie Publishing Explosion
- Rob Around Books. A very rare specimen: A blog that focuses on the short story. Twitter: @RobAroundBooks
- American Fiction Notes. Not updated frequently, but quality over quantity. As the title indicates, this blog focuses on U.S novelists and short story writers. Twitter:@mathitak. Recent post: The Anxiety of Self-Influence
- Bookslut. One of the oldest and best places to find out about new books and literary news, by Jessa Crispin. Twitter: @thebookslut
- Maud Newton. Another one of the classics. Twitter: @maudnewton. Recent post: The Interbreeding of Middlemarch and Barthes
- The Second Pass. Reviews, essays, and blog posts about books new and old, founded by a former HarperCollins editor. Twitter: @thesecondpass. Recent post: “It was just absolutely true.”