This week, I would like to share with you my favourites. These are the things that I’ve been reading, watching and listening to recently and got a lot of value from. You might know many of these already, or you might discover something new.
- Autonomous by Annalee Newitz — This book was full of ideas I wish I had had.
- A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway — A delightful read for any writer.
- Normal People by Sally Rooney — I’m a big fan of Sally Rooney’s prose and stylistic choices.
- The People vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett —
Not every novel works well in audio form. These two worked spectacularly well for me.
I listen to hours of podcasts every week.
- Tim Ferriss Show — One of my favourite podcasts of all time. Tim regularly interviews huge names from Malcolm Gladwell to LeBron James. You’ll love the recent episode with Neil Gaiman.
- The Career Author Podcast — A casual show where two indie authors discuss the odds and ends of writing for a living.
- Akimbo by Seth Godin — Short episodes filled with great ideas.
I read a short story every day. These are some of my recent favourites available online for free:
- Medusa by Pat Barker
- Borderland by Olga Tokarczuk
- Lulu by Te-Ping Chen
- The Country of the Blind by H. G. Wells
I don’t spend a lot of time on social media, but when I’m there I usually read posts from these people:
- Victoria Schwab on Instagram — I said it before, and I’ll say it again. Victoria might be the writer with the best online presence.
- Neil Gaiman on Twitter — I love it how Neil still engages with fans despite being a gigantic celebrity.
- Ed McDonald on Twitter — Ed writes dark fantasy and posts insightful tips for writers.
- Austin Kleon on Twitter — Austin is a great curator of interesting art and writing.
This list isn’t exhaustive, and I’m sure that if I were to post it a few weeks later, it would be a lot different. But these are the things that I’ve been consuming lately.
What are your favourites?
What I Am Reading
I finished reading Burning Chrome by William Gibson this week. It was a pretty good read, although I did get lost every now and then in Gibson’s descriptions.
The currently reading pile on my desk is getting quite high so I won’t be picking up any new books this week. The goal is to finish as much as I can.
I also read these short stories:
- Dogfight by William Gibson
- Burning Chrome by William Gibson
- The Facts of Life by Chuck Palahniuk
- Brawler by Lauren Groff
- Cold Calling by Chuck Palahniuk
- The Toad Prince by Chuck Palahniuk
- Smoke by Chuck Palahniuk
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