QOTD: Reeling and writhing

From William Gibson's blog:

I would add that talented writers begin as talent readers, though I've scarcely heard it remarked upon. [William Gibson]

Comments: 3

Nov 22, 2006
K.G. Schneider

You may be glad to hear it wasn't a scarce concept in the MFA writing program I attended. One of my instructors, Lewis Buzbee, went so far as to say the lit classes were more important than workshops. It's a debatable point, but one well worth debating.

Of course, Gibson meant "talented." A little bloggy typo. But that brings up another point: both reading and writing are iterative practices. Good books are the ones you reread.

Happy holidays, Lorcan, and thanks for your blog!

Nov 27, 2006
hmmm

What's a talented reader?

Lots of reading modes: critical, analytical, aesthetic, glutton, gourmand...

Dec 19, 2006
Deniel

You may be glad to hear it wasn't a scarce concept in the MFA writing program I attended. One of my instructors, Lewis Buzbee, went so far as to say the lit classes were more important than workshops. It's a debatable point, but one well worth debating.