A lover of words, not just movies, Roger Ebert wrote so eloquently on just about everything. My favorite quote is on writing:
I take dictation from that place within my mind that knows what to say. I think most good writers do. There is no such thing as waiting for inspiration. The idea of “diagramming” an essay in advance, as we are taught in school, may be useful to students but is foolishness for any practicing writer. The Muse visits during the process of creation, not before.
I’ve been devoting more time to reading lately and have been getting recommendations from here and there. Above are the books I’ve added to my “to-read” list this month. The one exception is the “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” which is a “to-listen” rather than “to-read” because @meshuggeknitter said it was great in audio.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
The Freedom Maze: a novel by Delia Sherman
The Condé Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Great Writers on Great Places by Klara Glowczewska
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York by Adam Gopnik
Starting about the age of 8, if you asked me what my favorite thing about the long vacation ahead, I would have replied: “I can read all day!” And when I could get away with it, I did. My parents would shoo me outside and I would take a book.
I still fantasize about the possibility of uninterrupted time spent just reading for pleasure. When I see the Summer Reading Lists start to appear I hoard them like a knitter hoards yarn. Just like knitters (like me) live in fear of being under-yarned, readers live in fear of being under-booked. Here’s a list of book lists that have me itching for those long Summer stretches of time spent with good books.