Haaretz Lets Novelists Write News, Flotilla Or No Flotilla


Last year at about this time, the Israeli paper Haaretz let a bunch of literary writers report the news to celebrate Israel’s book week. Well, they’re doing it again, but this time, there’s a flotilla involved.

Authors include Margaret Atwood, Jamaica Kincaid, and David Grossman. There’s even an unfortunately timed op-ed by Milan Kundera about Roman Polanski, but I’m not going to link to that one.

Here’s the whole thing. Newspapers should really do this every time there’s a crisis.

Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →