There are few truisms about writing–or anything else–that can’t be disputed, but one that’s absolutely true is that a good writer is also a voracious reader.
Here’s what I’m reading now:
- The End of Belonging: Untold Stories of Leaving Home and the Psychology of Global Relocation. By Matador contributor Greg Johnson; I’m reading this so I can include it in a review of books about exiles and expats, so I won’t say anything else about it here.
- Other books in the review stack: Going Through Ghosts, That Infernal Little Cuban Republic.
- Viajes en la America Ignota by Jorge Ibarguengoitia, who, for my money, is the finest dead Mexican writer I wish was alive.
- The Autobiography of an Execution by David Dow.
Magazines & Journals:
Magazines and journals I subscribe to include: Afar, The Economist, Fast Company, Inc., National Geographic Traveler, Sherman’s Travel, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Atlantic, New York, New Yorker, Wired.
More than 100 blogs populate my Reader, but some of my favorites that aren’t about travel writing include:
Abstract City: Artist, children’s book author/illustrator, and New Yorker Christopher Niemann gets around to updating this NY Times blog about once every month (or three). The wait is usually worth it.
Exodus: Sometimes, I don’t like to describe people because I don’t want to get any details wrong, or pigeonhole them, so here’s what Alexis has to say about herself:
The name of the blog describes what I write about: the movements of peoples from one place to the other, the melting and crossing of different cultures, and the places in which I find myself.
I am a 25-year-old writer currently at work on my first book, a collection of stories about my time in East Africa. I grew up in Montgomery, AL and later graduated from Princeton University.
Exploiting My Baby: Came across this very untraditional mommy blog courtesy of Kate (whose own blog is pretty damn funny). Like Abstract City, EMB gets updated about once a quarter, but when there’s a new post, it’s gut-busting good. Without fail.
Hari’s Online Humour Journal: I know there are some people in this world who think I don’t have much of a sense of humor. You’re wrong, and if you are ever within earshot when I’m checking out this blog, you’ll realize I actually love to laugh.
Utne Daily: This blog makes up for all the other “I update once in a blue moon” blogs on this list because there’s always something good on the UD every single day.
I’d love to know what you’re reading. Share in the comments.