Nathan Holic is the author of The Things I Don’t See (a tiny but awesome novella), and American Fraternity Man (a big big (yet equally awesome) novel). He is the editor of the 15 Views of Orlando anthologies, and the Graphic Narrative Editor at The Florida Review literary journal. He writes fiction. He writes nonfiction. He draws comics. He teaches writing courses at the University of Central Florida. He enjoys pretzels. He drinks Diet Coke by the barrelful. He often wanders his garage and wonders what he was looking for. He has three children under the age of three. He enjoys beginning sentences with the word “he.” Also, he hates writing his own bio. So.
I wasn’t reading it as a student, forced to write some terrible essay about “themes” and “symbolism,” and I wasn’t reading it as an emo high-schooler, desperate for an angsty kid narrator with whom to identify. I was reading Salinger as an adult, a father...
The first book I pulled from my stack was Ben Tanzer’s Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine. 172 pages (soaking wet), with an average-to-large typeface (if this book had been printed in Look at Me’s tiny typeface, it probably wouldn’t have cracked a dozen pages). And Tanzer writes in quick back-and-forth dialogue, short two-page chapters, so—in a world of constant disruption—I just figured this would make a nice confidence-building start to my 2012 reading life. That was the plan, anyway.
...there are thousands of blog entries and academic articles and craft essays in print and online that discuss the “writer’s process,” how we’re able to find the time in our busy schedules to sketch out stories and novels and memoirs, but so few consider the precious time that we devote to our reading lives.