walter mosley explains it all

I read a really cool interview with Walter Mosley in the New York Times. It was interesting that he talks about the answers that writers are supposed to give to certain questions, but he obviously doesn’t give a damn about living up to anybody’s idea of what writers are supposed to be like.

He admits that he was not drawn to great literature as a child, though he knows he’s supposed to say he was. Instead, he focused his attention on Marvel Comics. He and I are close in age, and Marvel Comics back then were indeed pretty amazing. It was one of those periods of intense creativity that don’t last forever. Almost all of what Marvel is using in their movies these days was created during those years, from the early 1960s to the early 1970s.

Mosley does not draw any connection between writing and reading. For example, Homer, “the father of the Western tradition of the novel,” was illiterate. This is heartening for those of us who draw from movies far more than we do from books. 🙂

And he is not a book collector. In his opinion, a book is to be read, not to be stored away on a shelf somewhere. So, when he’s done with a book, he gives it away.

He also recognizes the importance of rereading. If a book is any good at all, one reading is barely an introduction.

And he reads in the bathtub,  which is still the single best argument about why paper books are not completely replaceable. I knew somebody who developed a system of putting her Kindle in a baggie to use it in the tub, but that’s not really as good.

Speaking of books you can read in the tub (what a segue, huh?), Brave on the Page (which I wrote about here) is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Highly recommended. I interviewed Laura Stanfill, the editor and publisher, here.

Oh, and if you’re not in the tub, which I assume you aren’t if you’re reading this, more of my new story is posted. The new stuff starts here.

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