In this month’s Literary Reflections essay, Minutes Are Just Seconds Aren’t Minutes, Wendy C. Ortiz writes an arresting account of the impact of motherhood on her writing time. She writes: “Minutes: they fly or stay still, fly or stay still, …
Has having a child changed your reading habits? Do you mourn the loss of your pre-parenthood regular reading material, or have you – like Becki – found a new favorite read, since the arrival of your child?
In Exposed, Ellen Blum Barish describes how she felt when her daughter’s writing left her feeling vulnerable and exposed. The experience made Blum Barish more protective of her family, and keen to avoid exposing them through her own writing.
Write a review of one book you’ve read based on your child’s recommendation or urging. Why does he/she like it? Why were you hesitant to read it? Did your initial impression about it change? Why did he/she really want you to read it?
In this month’s essay, Julianna Thibodeaux explores her relationships with her children and with her books. She writes: “When did I make the connection that my love of books was about more than the release they offered from the confines of each day’s logistical concerns? The troubles of the flesh?”
Why do you read? Why do you write? How do books help you cope with your “troubles of the flesh?”