Toni Morrison has said that she started reading very different once she started writing for a living. Books she already loved revealed themselves in a different way when she read them with a writer’s eye. I think it’s important to share what I’m reading because the act of grappling with other people’s art is a crucial part of my writing process. To understand the books I read and return to is to understand (in part) what I seek to accomplish in my own work. So, here are some of the books I’ve been reading in the last few weeks.
Writing With Intent by Margaret Atwood
Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth & Death by Daisaku Ikeda
The Complete Poems: 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop
Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing by Helene Cixous
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
A Hunger by Lucie Brock-Broido