If you haven’t yet heard of Maria Popova’s wonderful website Brain Pickings—but why wouldn’t you have? You’re a reader, a writer, you’re interested in a lot of different things, like me—you should run right over and check it out. I’ll wait.
Honestly, I don’t know how Popova does it. She consumes twelve to fifteen books a week (you do the math), tweets every fifteen minutes (to 291,736 followers), and blogs three times a day at Brain Pickings (which, as the site tells us, “remains ad-free and takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit”). She has bylines at Wired UK, the Atlantic, Huffington Post, and probably some I’ve missed; she’s an MIT Fellow and speaks to MBA students at major universities. Popova has been written about in the New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, the Guardian, Mother Jones … and who knows where else. It exhausts me just thinking about it.
All this and yet I’ve never gotten a sense of her writing or reading having been rushed. The opposite, in fact: her posts are insightful, thoughtful, fascinating. They are little snippets of information I’m interested in. And here’s one you may be interested in: “9 Books on Reading and Writing.”
I’ve only read a couple of these nine: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Stephen King’s On Writing. (I’ve read others.) I’ve owned and still own a multitude of copies of The Elements of Style (I lend them or give them and find myself buying another) but I think this illustrated version is one I might like to have. The rest I’ll definitely have a look at it. Have you read any on this list?
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