How to Read After Becoming a Parentposted on 12 Jan 2020
I have a confession to make—a difficult one for a writer. Here it is: for a period of about three years, from the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2019, I stopped reading books for pleasure.
During those years, I still read in other ways, of course. I read for research while writing a novel, mainly nonfiction about the opioid crisis and the history of Kensington, Philadelphia, where the book is set. I read for the courses I was teaching—both student work and model texts I was assigning. And I read whatever popped up on my phone’s screen—social media feeds, articles, e-mails. In fact, I spent hours a day reading texts that fell into the last category.