January 28, 2013
It is an a well-known and obvious truth that writers improve their writing by reading the best writers.
Recently, I couldn’t find a good book to read unless I were to return again largely to the classics and the Booker Prizes. No, I wanted new blood. Then (I guess I’m very slow), I thought, Why not try the Pulitzer winners for literature. I went to the list, and there was a name I have been seeing tossed around a lot: Michael Chabon. Okay. And on the list was “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” My God, I discovered gold. The man is a genius. How he amuses me. The slower the read, the better. The whole world should be reading this novel.
I would hasten to add that people in other countries must be unable to make headway into this very American novel with all of its American references. One needs the American secret code.