A Year of Reading Like a Writer: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

by Kristen Holt Browning When Julie first asked me to blog for the Get Lit website, I had no idea what to write about. Every week, Julie or Flora give their insightful exchanges with authors both local and far-flung, or Ruta provides great behind-the-scenes peeks into the book publishing world. What could I offer? Well, … Continue reading A Year of Reading Like a Writer: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Language and Landscape

by Kristen Holt-Browning I try to hike at least a portion of the Pocket Road trail here in Beacon at least once a week. On my last couple of walks up the trail, I’ve been leaving my headphones and podcasts at home, and instead paying extra careful attention to the rapidly evolving foliage, and the … Continue reading Language and Landscape

Empathy for the Reader

by Kristen Holt Browning I’ve never been a fan of the “books are good for you” school of thought. Books are not broccoli, and poems won’t make you virtuous. Plenty of social scientists disagree with me. Recent studies found that readers of literary fiction do better at recognizing, understanding, and inferring others’ feelings and emotions, … Continue reading Empathy for the Reader

Let’s Get Political

by Kristen Holt Browning Politics and writing: do they mix? Up until recently, I would have said “no.” I thought works of fiction and poetry that overtly articulated political opinions or worldviews were artless and heavy handed.  But it’s 2018, and regardless of whether you’re liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between, politics is everywhere. A … Continue reading Let’s Get Political

Logging Books, Logging Memories

by Kristen Holt Browning I love historical fiction, and I love to learn about the ancient, classical world. So when I recently heard of David Malouf’s novella An Imaginary Life, which depicts the poet Ovid’s exile to Tomis (in present-day Romania), I rushed, as I so often do, to the online catalog of the local … Continue reading Logging Books, Logging Memories