Susan Rothenberg, in an interview, says that she spends 90% of her time in the studio reading. Back when I was neck-deep in my thesis project, a friend recommended the P.J. O'Brien series of 20-some novels, which carried me through that process.
So I'm curious. Are there other Blackfishers who read as part of your art-making project - either for relaxation/escape or as part of your source material? And what do you read?
I'm drawn to long novels or series that I can get totally immersed in. I've read the O'Brien series twice and will probably do it again in a couple of years. Dickens is good, and Austen too. Lately I've begun the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, but it is much slower-going.
Sometimes poetry is like a welcome blast of cold air clearing out the cobwebs, as effective as a run around the block - Christian Wiman, William Stafford, William Meredith, Mary Oliver. Lately I've started Wiman's book, Ambition and Survival - On Becoming a Poet. Reading about someone else's creative process is usually pretty instructive, and writers are better at describing it than visual artists are.
If you have favorite books and authors, please - share!