Why do we read?
What makes us pick up that book, click on that news story, open that email or tap that Twitter alert? What's in it for us?
The Words Around Us
North Myrtle Beach is not an upscale vacation destination, and there's not a bookstore in sight. But it pushes back against rumors of the death of reading.
Fear the Reader
I only wanted to find out when we started reading. But as I pursued this across 5000 years of Western history, I found that there was a more compelling story than just the when and the whom.
Reading about Writing
How have I overlooked Lamott and Dillard's brilliant books on writing? They've not only taught me some excellent stuff about how to write, but reminded me that, as a writer, I am not alone. And they made me laugh.
Retreating to Write – at Home
If the cost or personal overhead of running away to write is too high, a home office retreat can be a great option. I just finished a two-week, at-home writing retreat. Here's how it went.
If You Can Read This…
When did everybody start reading all the time? When did reading stop being a privilege and begin to be a necessity? And how has technology transformed how much we read, what we read, and how we read it? I'm planning research and writing around these questions.