Once again, there were many good answers to my question, “Why Do You Read Fiction?” But the winner was clearcut:
Here’s what Josh wrote:
“I read bad fiction so I know all the ways I should never write. I read good fiction so I know all the ways I should write. And I read fiction in general because there are only so many technical manuals and textbooks you can go through before they start looking like a viable food source.”
Josh gets points for brevity, for originality, and for wit. Check out Josh’s web site.
I’d have been a little quicker judging the entries, but I was in New York yesterday and didn’t get home until nearly midnight. Um, that’s 1896 New York, where I was helping solve the mystery of a serial killer who was terrorizing boy prostitutes.
That’s, right, I was reading a psychological thriller, THE ALIENIST, by Caleb Carr. It’s a book I’d been wanting to read for a long time and I finally bought a copy of it on Saturday and started reading it Sunday. The book was excellent, not to mention timely, given the horrible shooting at Virginia Tech this week. If you’d like to know how somebody becomes a serial killer, this is your book.