What I’m reading this week that you might like:
1.) “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon
This is one of those short, chunky books that you grab to read a sentence here or there, a page now and again. Good, simple advice like “Do good work and share it with people.” Stuff that makes you go “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that before?” And then things get a little clearer in your mind. (Kind of like this blog, I suppose.)
2.) “The Collected Stories” by Grace Paley
If you’ve never heard of Grace Paley, don’t feel bad. She was one of the best short story writers of the last century, yet short stories get little love in America. But her work is amazing. Little vignettes of life that grab you in a couple of pages and then toss you back onto the street, wondering “What the heck just happened?” and leaving characters in your mind that will stick with you for a long time. I’ve been reading one of her stories each morning with my first cup of coffee. It’s a delicious way to start my day, and gives me a moment to appreciate what a highly skilled writer can do with language in a small format. Every word tells.
3.) “The Law of Divine Compensation” by Marianne Williamson
I’m coming out of the closet: I’m a secret MW fan. Yes, she gets a little whacky sometimes, but I read and underline like a mofo in some of her books. I’m a sucker for an author with lines like “Your calling is what you have to do in order to be happy.” But she’s not one of those folks who tell you that you can think your way to success. MW knows you got to put your shoulder to the wheel. And this book basically tells you “It’s okay to get paid.” That seems like an easy lesson, but for many people (particularly artists) this can be a difficult concept. If you have any financial stress, her words can help in a philosophical way. She’s not going to tell you how to manage your money, but she’s going to tell you how to get out of your own way so you can earn what you deserve.
Honorable Mention: My book! If you don’t have “Live Like That”, check it out! Read the book that my mother calls “amazing!” (Okay, other people liked it too. I mean, besides my kids and a few ex-girlfriends who bought it because they wondered whether I talked about them. Spoiler: I didn’t.) Oh, just go read the reviews. Some of them were even written by women wearing yoga pants!