The 5 stories writers should bookmark and read this week

The best stories about writing this week, including why Cormac McCarthy dislikes the semicolon, photos of writers’ work spaces, and more.

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Also, take a photo of your writing space, learn how your family may have affected your writing career, and discover why Cormac McCarthy excises semicolons.

The Chicagoan is back. Midwestern writers take note, a magazine you’ve likely never heard of has returned. The Chicagoan, a New Yorker-style arts and culture magazine in circulation in the 1920s and ’30s, has been resurrected by former Stop Smiling magazine editor J.C. Gabel. The first of two bi-annual issues hit shelves in Chicago this week (the magazine will mostly live online). Gabel writes in an editor’s note on the magazine’s website that the idea to reestablish the brand came in response to a question: “Where can one publish a substantive essay or article about the Midwest that won’t languish in an obscure academic or literary journal?” He’s calling it the Oxford American or Texas Monthly for the Midwest. Read about the magazine here.

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