Thursday, January 22, 2009

The yin and the yang of it...

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Since “Inspiration” is the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?

You. That's a little glib, I know, but the dialogue that is the world wide web gives me lots of ideas for reading and it keeps me energized because my reading happens in the context of someone other than me. Writing about my reading pushes me to read better, more closely, and to form opinions as I read, not just let it wash over me. But the flip-side is equally true, my other inspiration is simply my whim. Reading is a totally self-centered realm (in the best sense). I get to be curious about what ever I want and to satisfy that curiosity by following my nose. I read what I want, when I want, and I depend on no one to do it. Except the writer and the library or bookshop. And that's the yin and the yang of it.

4 comments:

Smilingsal said...

Interesting answer. Writing about reading--as in BTT--inspires me.

jlshall said...

Now that I don't have to read for work or school, "following my nose" is a great description of the way I read, too. Good answer!

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

I like your answer. :)

Matt said...

Reading choices are always like double-edged sword. I want to be part of others' reading context but my whim sometimes just won't allow it.