Another year, another round of book purging from my collection. What stays and what goes, and why?
On recognizing and curtailing contempt culture.
When is "Write the story you want to read" not good advice? When you're not much of a reader.
One of the many things the proliferation of the smartphone seems to have killed is the Beloved Weatherbeaten Paperback.
"When everyone in the community reads the same books, you can an inward-looking, intellectually impoverished community that can only contemplate its own navel."
One thing I've long hated about myself is how picky I've become when it comes to my tastes in fiction.
2020 just about killed my enthusiasm for reading, which was finicky to begin with.
Depth of connection with an audience, even an audience of six, always wins out over sheer numbers.
Since many of you are stuck indoors right now and going a little stir crazy, I have some nonfiction reading suggestions that shed light on our moment from different directions.
I'm way behind on everything these days, and the biggest reason for that is there's just so much more of everything. But it's no crime to miss out, is it?
How the Open Library, digital resources, and my own reading habits have changed my bookbuying.
The more I try to parse it, the more this business of best-of, of ranking things, seems a consumerist attitude.
So much media, so little time. Again.
I'd rather have people sincerely interested in things, whatever cultural level they live at, than be wannabe tastemakers forever jonesing to expand their reach.
The joys and tribulations of the Open Library.
You miss out on less than you think.
How the Open Library is keeping me from drowning in books.
On recommending books as a way for authors to get perspective on a current or future work of their own.
One of the things I always hated about myself was how I was, in theory, supposed to be this gigantic SF nerd, and as it turns out I really wasn't.
Looking at two bits of reading and writing advice from Saul Bellow.
The overwhelming majority of what I'm genuinely curious about reading has been nonfiction. I hate that.
When is it OK to quit reading a "boring" book?
If written fiction's becoming nothing but a prelude to adaptation, what's that mean for written fiction itself?
More notes on getting caught up with the state of SF&F.