As we look forward to updating the Ploughshares blog for the new year, we’re also looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. Our roundups explore the archives and gather past posts around a certain theme to help you jump-start your week. This week we have posts on reading.
We’ve been doing a lot of roundups on aspects of writing, so I think it’s time we take a look at the other half of the Ploughshares equation: reading. A literary magazine, after all, cannot survive without a healthy readership. Also, at a reading last week at Emerson College, Tobias Wolff said “All the writers I know are voracious readers.” So whether you are a reader, or a writer/reader, here are some posts on the state of reading.
- Paper vs. electronic: Carol Keeley explores how the internet is effecting our ability to read in “The Conceit of Wisdom.”
- Speaking of paper books, Megan Mayhew Bergman reflects on reading books others have written in.
- It’s amazing how our understanding of writers can change over time. Bridget Lowe writes about her surprising encounters with Shel Silverstein’s work.
- While we’re on the subject of writers, Eric Weinstein lists “Five Books That Changed How I Think About Writing.”
- Aimee Nezhukumatathil talks how books can transport us to other places in “Staying In, Staying Put.”
- Books can span time as well as space. Carol Keeley explains how a book allowed her friend to connect with his deceased father.