Writing Wednesday: What Should I Read Next?

5 Oct

Every writer will tell you that writers should have a healthy reading habit.  The more you read, the better you write.

But what happens when you have no reading inspiration?

The website What Should I Read Next? solves your dilemma by suggesting books based on your favorite authors.

I tried it out and had mixed results.  I typed in “On the Road” and out came:

  • Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain – Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond
  • William S Burroughs – Junkie (Traveller’s companion series-no.114, four Square books)
  • Allen Ginsberg, Williams/William Carlos – Howl (Pocket Poets S.)
  • Gregory Corso – Gasoline
  • Lucius Apuleius, Apuleius, Robert Graves – The Golden Ass: The Transformations of Lucius
  • William Burroughs – Naked Lunch: The Restored Text (Harper Perennial Modern Classics S.)
  • Gary Snyder – Turtle Island (A New Directions Book)
  • Paul Auster – Leviatan
  • Kesey Ken – One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
  • Rick Moody – Purple America
  • Siegfried Sassoon – The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston (Faber Paper-Covered Editions)
  • Charles Yu, – How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel
  • Tracy Barrett – Anna of Byzantium
  • Katsuhiro Otomo – Akira 2

So on and so forth.  Kind of a random list.  The related Beat Generation works make sense, and I can see how a few of the others speak toward a vision of America, but some of it seems just bizarre.



4 Responses to “Writing Wednesday: What Should I Read Next?”

  1. Linda October 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    I know what you mean … ever go to youtube … pick a song? … and next to your song are all these OTHER song choices. Same thing on NetFlix….I love looking at their SUGGESTIONS based on your prior rentals …. I guess the computers have us all figured out….or do they???

  2. Stephanie Nikolopoulos October 5, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    Linda, you’re so right! It’s a vortex!! I go on to do one thing and suddenly it’s two hours later because I’ve clicked through so many so-called recommendations. But so often the suggestions are absurd.

  3. Stratis October 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Hey …what about our Greek heritage inspired reading worth a fresh reconsideration, such as Kazantzakis – Freedom or Death in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

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