Dead Writers Challenge

I’m newly intrigued by dead writers.

I don’t normally give “reviews” of books or other’s writing because I don’t feel qualified to judge other’s writing.  I either like it or I don’t understand it.  If I don’t understand it I don’t have any way to give an opinion.  If I like it I can’t always tell you why.

But I do enjoy reading how other’s enjoy someone else’s writing.   It’s a good way to find new stuff to read.   If you are anything like me you have a little fear of running out of good things to read.  Hallelujah for living in the age of blogging.

Enter my life:  Kindle.  All doubts and fears of this machine have dissipated.   It has not lessened my love for actual paper books.  But led me to more!  I will never run out of books!  And I can easily shoot a text, email or yell to the other room “HUSBAND!”  He replies “WHAT!?”   I reply “can you order me this book?”   He rolls his eyes and replies, always, “YES!”.

And he thought this would save money.

Silly man.

Through Kindle I have come across a couple of books (read:  obsession):

Drinking With Dead Drunks

and

Drinking With Dead Women Writers

All I can tell you is I think the women who wrote these books are brilliant.  I love it.  I am not advocating for writers to be alcoholics or have tragic lives.  It just happens to be the way these lives were lived.  These books give me little glimpses of writers of the past whom I have certainly heard of.  At least in general terms.  I think I have come across one or two writers who’s names were not familiar but who’s works were.

What authors AK Turner and Elaine Ambrose have done is intrigue me.  I found myself searching for information on the authors they “interviewed” and shared with us.  I was intrigued by the dead author’s lives.  Which makes me intrigued to see what it is they have written.  So I’ve now added what seems like hundreds of books written by dead writers.  Dead writers, who I might add, all seem to have some serious life issues.  Correction, had serious life issues.

I hope that is not an ominous sign for those of us who, since we write, call ourselves writers.

I wonder if Turner and Ambrose would ever find it interesting enough to have some interviews with dead, yet emotionally healthy, writers.

I hope there’s a category for that.  I believe there is.

It could be interesting.  I would love to read about their meeting with Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Please do not disillusion me that there are things I don’t want to know about her.

So I think what I will do is read at least one book from every one of the authors that are mentioned in these books.  If I have read them, I will re-read a book I loved, or one I may not have known about.

I don’t drink, so dead or alive, I can’t really relate to the drinking aspect.

But write, I love it, I do.

Read, I love it, I do.

Creative ideas like these books, jealous, I am.