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I’ll confess--I first picked up a Laura Lippman book simply because of alliteration. She’s got such a great name; it’s like she was destined to be a writer. And while I wouldn’t describe myself as a mystery or suspense reader, I was hooked.
I just learned that David Rakoff died yesterday at the age of 47. Why do the good die young? Rakoff was a contributor to NPR’s This American Life and was also a fine writer of humorous essays with bite. In his last collection, Half Empty
It occurred to me that the prolific output of James Patterson, writer of the immensely popular Alex Cross novels, very much resembles the pace of his novels: frenetic, vociferous, the printing press spitting out pages for his next in perfect harmony with readers turning the pages of his latest.
I always find it interesting to know why a person reads. Is she reading for information, enlightenment or escape? Generally speaking, I read in order to make sense or to make meaning. While I am often nothing like the characters about which I read, they teach me or help me understand something in a new way. Walking around in another character’s head for a while helps me develop greater empathy for my fellow humans. It may even help me be kinder to myself. I think this why I so frequently read b