(8/30/2023: I never published this one. Not sure why not.)
I’ve heard it said a number of times that to write well you have to read a lot. Or to read good stuff. Or both. But I don’t think that’s necessarily true.
Yes, reading good writing can help us understand what good writing looks like. And it teaches other things, even practical things. Especially good writing, which teaches about life, itself.
But I think even more important, and something that feeds into the nature of our habits of reading