#FridayReads for 8/9/13

The lazy days of summer are with us for a few more weeks, and what better way to spend them than with a great book? Here’s what some of LUMINA’s staffers are reading this week:

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Geoff Bendeck (Nonfiction Editor) is reading The Writing Life by Annie Dillard.

I love Annie Dillard and this book is less “how to” advice on writing than musing on life, art and craft. “Who will teach me to write? A reader wanted to know. The page, the page, that eternal blankness, the blankness of eternity which you cover slowly, affirming times scrawl as a right and your daring as necessity; the page, which you cover woodenly, ruining it, but asserting your freedom and power to act, acknowledging that you ruin everything you touch but touching it nonetheless, because acting is better than being here in mere opacity; the page, which you cover slowly with the crabbed thread of your gut; the page in the purity of its possibilities; the page of your death; against which you pit such flawed excellences as you can muster with all your life’s strength. That page will teach you to write.”

Gillian Ramos (Blog Editor) is reading The Collected Stories of Carson McCullers.

Carson McCullers is one of those writers who is still relatively new to me, but has quickly become one of my favorites. For each new story I read, and each new character I meet, I am reminded more and more of what I love about writing. McCullers’ stories are sensitive and nimble – she packs a wealth of emotion into each story without veering into the maudlin or preachy. What I find most intriguing (and enviable) right now is how McCullers works with loneliness, and the notion that for better or worse, we can be lonely together.

Don’t forget to tell us what you’re reading this week!