Maria Popova of the online magazine Brain Pickings Weekly, is a wonderful source for all things of interest to writers. This recent post of hers, The Year’s Best Books on Writing and Creativity is self-explanatory. She gives excerpts for the books, and comments on why she’s chosen them. The books include Why We Write, edited by Meredith Maran, Odd Type Writers, by Celia Blue Johnson, and Still Writing by Dani Shapiro, to name but three of the eight she’s chosen. Enjoy!
There’s a website called Brain Pickings, a kind of repository for quirky bits of information about… well…I’ll have to let Maria Popova, whose brain child it is, describe it: culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.
It was brought to my attention by Emily Temple, the excellent Literary Editor at Flavorwire, who mentioned one of Brain Picking’s articles : the Greatest Books of All Time as Voted by 125 Famous Authors. The titles are sorted into 19th and 20th century – and topping both lists are…Russians. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, and Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. There are American and British writers on the list, too, thank goodness.
Check out the article here and see if you agree with the voters.