Writing

The Importance of Readers

There's a phase of the writing process to which I'm particularly resistant. It's not the dreaming phase, where even the worst ideas look golden. It's not the sitting-down-to-a-blank-page phase, where I hesitate to ruin those golden ideas by turning them into words. It's not even the arduous process of writing an entire first draft, then a second, then a third. When things look like crap, with no trace of inspiration anywhere, I… Continue reading The Importance of Readers

Philosophy, psychology, Writing

Why We Read

A few weeks ago, I read a blog post by someone who was upset by research that suggested people don't read in order to find information that could make their beliefs more accurate but primarily in order to confirm the beliefs they already have (a noted exception being the times we read work by authors we love to hate,… Continue reading Why We Read

Book Reviews, Education

Nurturing Genius

Today, at age 15, Jacob Barnett is recognized as a genius. But when he was two, experts believed he would never learn to read, or possibly even speak. Kristine Barnett's memoir The Spark (released in April 2013) tells the story of her refusal to accept the standard therapy for her son's autism and attempt to draw him out by responding to his interests… Continue reading Nurturing Genius