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May 31, 2007



I like what you said about taking a risk here and there when choosing something different to read. Just recently I picked up Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist because I was intrigued by the monologue format. It turned out to be a really nice read.

Next, I'd be picking up a graphic novel. Anyone has any suggestions on what's good these days?

b. collins

check out these hitchens interviews (podcasts):






I mostly read comics and graphic novels. "DMZ" (and pretty much anything else written by Brian Wood) is really excellent.

As far as action books go, "The Losers" is pure film on paper, and if you're into science fantasy, the "Blame!" mangas are really intriguing.


A wonderful column. One of my favorite discourses on "Why I read" comes from Fosca's song in Sondheim's "Passion" in which she explains why she spends most of her time reading in the remote French military outpost. "I read to live in other people's lives...I live to dream...etc.


Great blog and excellent post--especially the recommendation to mimic other writers' styles. (Immature artists plagiarize; mature artists steal.) And I'm looking forward to reading the Hitchens book. Right now I'm enjoying a rare wallow in the world of comic crime fiction--specifically the terrific work of Donald Westlake. ("Watch Your Back!" is outstanding--note how deftly Westlake wields description and dialogue.) And I'm balancing the fun with Joan Didion's "Year of Magical Thinking," a solemn read but so astonishingly well written I have to put the book down every few pages to savor what I've just read.


Great post. I'm reading Made to Stick and loving it.

Britt Stromberg

I'm a bit late to this party, but just wanted to say I'm so glad you posted about reading. I don't know what I'd do without Fast Company, New Yorker, Spin, National Geographic, Vanity Fair, and The Family Handyman. I get so much day-to-day creative inspiration from magazines.

I'm also re-reading all of the Harry Potter books in anticipation of book 7. And I'm slowly savoring Michael Pollan's, The Omnivore's Dilemma.

Also, I made a new year's resolution to not add any new TV series to my life, substituting more books. This is the only resolution I've ever stuck to!

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