|The readings chosen for this sequence will vary from time to
They are all presented as links to the pages of other web sites, and
are to respect the copyrights of these authors and their
The web offers a valuable source of material, although, understandable,
most writers do not choose to post entire essays and stories. On
the Hints and Links web page Hints
and LInks you will see links to several "E-Libraries" mostly
offering out of copyright material. Make use of these, but
it is important that you read current material. By subscribing to
the magazines I am linking you to, you will assure yourself of the
to do this. It is always better to see the print version of an
preferably in its original setting. When you see that, you get an
idea of how much printed space words can fill, how easy or difficult it
is on the eye to read certain texts, and how editors choose to present
The texts I have chosen are not to be viewed as absolute "models" for your writing. I am fully aware that some of them are a bit wordy and even difficult. Even these, however, offer valuable examples of how material can be structured.
The thing I most want you to observe is how these articles/essays/stories start out. Without exception them move right into the text. Boldly. They do not start "cute." Above all, they set up the pattern the text that follows with use.
So read as much as you can. Subscribe to the magazines that impress you.
If you wish to be a writer, you should first become a reader.
And remember. A writer does not just read things that he
likes. No, no, no. A writer reads to learn, as well as for
|Here are some sample readings. Click the links to the entire articles.|
Cary Grant in North by
Northwest: 'It’s by far the best suit in the movie, in the movies,
perhaps the whole world.'
North By Northwest isn't a film about what happens to
Grant, it's about what happens to his suit. The suit has the
adventures, a gorgeous New York suit threading its way through America.
The title sequence in which the stark lines of a Madison Avenue office
building are 'woven' together could be the construction of Cary in his
suit right there—he gets knitted into his suit, into his job, before
our very eyes. Indeed some of the popular 'suitings' of that time
('windowpane' or 'glen plaid') perfectly complemented office buildings
. . . .
by Neil Steinberg
by John Lanchester
Memoir: 'A banker's life is
not for me.'