Since “Inspiration” is (or should) the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?
I think that this question could be interpreted a number of different ways, but I will answer a couple of the ways I take it.
What inspires me to read: Seeking truth is what inspires me to read. Truth which can be found in reading non-fiction and learning new things and new ways to think about old known things; truth which can be found in fiction, learning the reality of the human soul and condition; and truth which can be found in the feelings the things that I read bring up in my own life and being.
What do I read that inspires me: I am inspired first and foremost by beautiful writing. For me reading is not necessarily about the story, it is about the way it is presented. Skillful writers inspire me with the way they know, almost instinctively, how to marry the right words together. Out of the millions of possible words, that it is possible to string a few together and make me feel amazed and awed--that is inspiring.