We’re back to another edition of reading and reflecting. I’ve been sourcing material for weeks…I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
New feature: I will add the book I’m currently reading to this list. If I’m reading a book, that is. Some weeks I barely get a chance to read more than a chapter, other weeks I devour several books in a week. Scroll down to see what is occupying my reading time this week.
Does it pay to be a writer is a question many of us ask ourselves, often probably. Some of us make money with writing, but I’m willing to guess that the majority of us do it because we like it but don’t get a penny back for any of it. We do reap other things: community, friendship, connections, creative outlet and a host of other benefits. Here’s a piece by the New York Times that addresses this topic.
Does it pay to be a writer, by Concepción de León
These Easter Island statues are used in commercials on tv for cold medicine, at least here in Canada. They are an endless source of intrigue to many people…now there’s a new idea what their purpose is, or specifically, why that particular location was selected by their creators.
The state of one’s desk has been a topic of interest for many…some of us like a clean and tidy desk, others thrive in their mess and clutter. David L. Ulin of Literary Hub wrote a piece on how he excavated his own desk.
Tommy Tomlinson wrote a piece in the Atlantic what it’s like to be over 400 pounds in America. It is beautifully written and I found myself reading every word.
The Weight I Carry – What it’s like to be too big in America
I hesitated whether I should put this in or not. I mean, the whole thing with Trump is just so fatiguing…(and Kanye West came to my mind too as I was reading this…) Well you choose if you want to read this or not, but the points are well taken.
The confidence of the incompetent by the Washington Post
Sound by Bella Bathurst
This book is taking longer to get through than I anticipated as the subject is very close to me. A childhood illness affected my hearing, and I struggle with this issue on and off. What intrigues me in this book is her terminology to explain some of the issues I too sometimes struggle with (although my hearing is much better than her’s is currently). I also like the way she dips into history, like when she researched Beethoven and his deep despair over his own hearing loss and deafness.
I’m only through the first few chapters, and I stop to take notes every so often which is why I’m not finished yet. 🙂
If you struggle with hearing loss, or know someone who does (elderly relatives, etc), you will find this book intriguing and insightful.