October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.
Being a writer is about being a reader first and what you like to read… The diversity of your work reflects, to some extent, your taste in what you like to read over the course of your life. I feel very strongly that writers ought to write the kinds of books they would like to read.
Michael Chabon on the osmosis of reading and writing at the New Yorker Festival 2013, echoing Henry Miller’s meditation on writing and the influence of reading.
Also see Mortimer Adler on marginalia as the yin-yang of reading and writing, then revisit these essential books on how to read more intelligently and write better.