Happy Monday dear readers! I hope your Monday morning is as swell as can be on this fine November day. To give you a bit of a break from the Monday morning droll, I bring you a list of 30 (that’s right, 30!) different David Foster Wallace pieces that you can read online for free! The list was put together by Open Culture, an awesome site where you can find literally thousands of free educational and cultural materials ranging from free movies and ebooks to free online courses; they even have free language lessons! The DFW list is comprised of pieces published between 1989 and 2011 in magazines like The New Yorker and The Paris Review, and notable works on the list include “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” and “9/11: The View from the Midwest.”
Make sure you check out the entire list here so you’ll have some good reading material come lunch break time!
A writing professor once told me that sometimes writers needed to put down their pens, step away from their laptops, and get their butts in some comfy chairs and start reading. She argued that reading is the best way for writers to keep at their A-Game, because reading lets you see how others are telling their stories and handling the writing craft, both in the past and in the present. As a writer, reading can be a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I find a writer who I’m absolutely blown away by, because he/she is writing about content similar to mine and doing it in a way that I’ve a.) never thought of and b.) could never possibly do myself. Bret Easton Ellis is like that for me. And while I am awed and inspired during these experiences, I’m also disheartened because it makes me feel inadequate as a writer because I know that I could never write a story in the way that this other writer did (hence the love-hate relationship). Fortunately, I eventually remember that I’m not actually trying to be like these other writers, I’m trying to be my own writer, and so these thoughts of inadequacy quickly fade into thoughts of “yeah, you did a good job with that story, now I’m going to write my own story in my own way and you know what? It’s going to be good too.”
So, long story short, I make sure I spend a good amount of my free time reading in order to get the creative juices flowing and keep myself motivated towards that ultimate goal of the completed novel. Alright, enough babbling, time to get to What I’m Reading this week!