Read

The more I read, the better equipped I am to do my job, and famous writers proclaim that you are pretty selfish if you write, write, write, but don't read what others have written, also that you'll write better if you see examples of how it's done badly and well. I see that logic.

I usually have more than one book going at a time, so I can pick up whichever I'm feeling at the moment. Some books get started and never get finished, but I don't feel guilty about it anymore. (See How to Read More Books, a post by Scott H. Young.)

Here are some notable reads, some of which have been great influences on me and others which I've simply enjoyed greatly. Written in laundry-list order.

Books

The Extra Man by Jonathan Ames; my WIP's working title is based off this book's, in homage
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; satire and war
Wild by Cheryl Strayed; better than I could've dreamed
La Mucama de Omicunlé by Rita Indiana, a fellow queer Dominican whose crazy music I love as much as her writing
Lockpick Pornography, more queer awesomeness, by Joey Comeau of A Softer World
Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy; indispensable
In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan; indescribable

Poetry

"We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks
"Sweetness" by Stephen Dunn

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