My two cents
Yet, I feel I can't write about any of the books I've read these last weeks until I respond, so here goes ...
I agree with Jason's friend that the written word engages us in a way no other medium can - it's why I love it so much - and that the best writing enriches our lives.
But I - clearly - disagree with the notion that all we should be reading is what someone else has determined is good for us.
In fact I think we should ban usage of the word good when talking about authors and books.
If some books are good to read, then others must be bad, right?
Perhaps I'm overanalyzing, but what is bad about spending your time reading a novel that overuses adverbs?
(And frankly, if you're counting adverbs, the author has lost you!)
Some people may choose to relax by watching sports on television or enjoying a beer.
Should we tell them that they shouldn't be doing these things because there are other more worthy pursuits?
What is the harm in relaxing with a book that is less than perfect?
Besides, if we don't read authors who are less than the best, how will we recognize those who are truly gifted?
- Tricia Ambrose
Labels: For the love of language