Clippings 29: For the love of reading and writing

This tribute to print books, a stop-motion video created by (and at) Type Books in Toronto, gave me a thrill. It’s ok to clap at the end—I did!

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more and write better? Brain Pickings has a great list of 9 books to spur your reading and writing intentions. Chances are you’ve read at least a couple of these, but if not, you’re in for a treat. I’ve been wanting to read The War of Art for about a year now and haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy—but her recommendation has me trying again. (And by the way, if you’re not reading Brain Pickings, you’re missing some great stuff.)

Do you read the epigraph and acknowledgements in every book? I do, which is why I was intrigued to see Flavorwire’s list of 25 favorite epigraphs right after I saw this piece at The Millions giving some love to the art of author acknowledgements. “At their best, acknowledgements can be finely-wrought short stories with the author as protagonist,” says the second essayist, and I agree. The latter article even inspired a discussion in today’s LitChat on Twitter. What books contain your favorite epigraphs and acknowledgements?

Off to do some reading before bed!


09. January 2012 by Mindy
Categories: Clippings, On reading, On writing, Resources | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. I always read the epigraphs and acknowledgements – and author bios, too. :) Thanks for sharing – off to click on the links!

  2. My new favorite epigraph is one I can’t share because it comes from a friend’s as-yet-unpublished novel. Someday I’ll get to write a post about it, though!

  3. Can’t wait to hear what it is!