Why do we divide writers into ‘easy’ and ‘difficult’, ‘good’ and ‘bad’? Is it fair to do so? Should we prefer ‘difficult-but-good’ to ‘easy-but-bad’?
Reading and Guilty Pleasure
Eye-opening, in the authors’ attitudes both to the idea and to this researcher’s cheeky method.
Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional
A Book Lover’s Guide to Reading and Walking at the Same Time
by Lev Grossman, entertainment.time.com
June 6th 2012
I wanted to start this post by saying that everybody’s done it, at least once or twice, but probably that’s not true. I know it’s a weakness. A vice even. You’re making a choice: essentially what you’re saying (or what I’m saying) is that sometimes you’re more interested in fiction than in reality and you don’t care who knows it. You’re saying, I’m willing to chuck most or probably all of my dignity, and some measure of my personal safety, and your personal safety, because it’s more important to me to keep reading this book I’m reading than it is to look where I’m going.
Read how: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/06/06/a-book-lovers-guide-to-reading-and-walking-at-the-same-time/
Shared from Pocket
Fantastically weird, rather rude, and a challenge to what literature can be. It’s also short. Read it.
(There appears to be a publicly available version to preview here: http://webspace.ringling.edu/~dsteilin/Graphic%20Narrative%20pdf/Donald%20Barthelme,%20Snow%20White.pdf)
Too late for me – a few of these are still lined up or weren’t on my radar. But you’ve got ages.
30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Turning 30
Great article about the effects of reading fiction on the mind and brain.
What neuroscience tells us about the art of fiction « Damien G. Walter