This is Friday Letters, by Melissa Gira Grant (me), journalist and author.

Each Friday, I look at the present state of my desk and my work, take stock, and share some of it with you.

I wouldn’t be a writer without the internet, even if the first thing I wrote and the thing I’ve most consistently kept is a journal, on paper, lugged across the country and back, outweighing any hard drive. But this isn’t a diary. My journal is just my way of making a first recording of true and present events, whether they were happening to me or not. That’s a kind of journalism, but this isn’t journalism, either. This is a space adjacent to my reporting, but apart from it.

If you want to know what I’m reading, what I’m recording, what I’m still working out, this is for you.