On Reading: Do You Read the Right Way?

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Reading

Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying “There is creative reading as well as creative writing,” and as writers, we know just how important reading is. But, is there such a thing as the right way to read? I have been thinking about this thanks to an article I read last week, titled Does anybody read books the right way any more? The article starts with: And I’m not talking about paper versus digital. I’m talking about curling up with a good book, for hours. Sitting in a hammock, or in a chair by the fire, just totally pulled into [Read more…]

A Toilet, Illiteracy and a Return from Vacation

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Goddamn money.  It always ends up making you blue as hell. —Holden Caufield in J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye Summer is over.  Vacation is over.  The Royals are buried.  One kid is in school and the other is in daycare.  Things are normal. Scratch that last one.  Things are never normal. Case in point:  J.D. Salinger’s toilet. I made the hideous mistake of watching television news this morning.  A story about the place where the super-reclusive author of Catcher in the Rye once did his business somehow managed more airtime than the ugly suicide bombing in Iraq, the trickle-shallow [Read more…]

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