In the latest issue of Poets and Writers, Tobias Wolfe talks about how he’s reading more, “filling up the well,” and then this morning, as I was doing my usual troll of blogs, I saw this post on redRavine – “Do You Let Yourself Read?”
It’s a good question. If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you’ll know that I recently stopped watching TV, which has been really great. And I have been reading more. But here’s my dilemma – I teach writing and reading all day long. I read student papers, theoretical essays, discussions board; I write assignment sheets, comments on papers, minutes for meetings, reports for committees. And by the end of the day, I can be really tired of words.
But I do find that reading fills me up, IF I read truly for pleasure (which as David Ulin once noted is almost impossible for any writer – that’s certainly true for me). So I’ve started setting aside time – like I’m going to take right after I post this blog and just before I take my sick cat to the vet – to just read for pleasure. I’ll post my recommendations for reading here as they come to me, and feel free to send me you recs as well.
Happy Reading. And drink deep from that well.