Here is a great collection of articles. All entitled “What I Read,” The AtlanticWire asks opinion leaders and writers what they read. I don’t know how I missed this earlier. I first read the article yesterday, with Terry Gross of Fresh Air/NPR writing about her reading habits. But I have put the complete list (up through the Terry Gross piece) here for you to check out. You can see that it represents a cross-section politically, and includes columnists and authors and others. Enjoy.
By the way, what do I read? Here is a partial list of what I read. Every morning, I “read” (check out, peruse, read some carefully) Slate.com, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos (especially their daily abbreviated pundit roundup), the New York Times. Through the day, I read Andrew Sullivan (The Daily Dish), Memeorandum, Larry James Urban Daily, Daily Beast, other parts of the Atlantic site, D Magazine’s FrontBurner blog. I check in on Seth Godin’s blog, Guy Kawasaki’s blog, and quite a few others, throughout the week. I am always reading a business book, and a book on poverty or social justice (for the next First Friday Book Synopsis and the Urban Engagement Book Club), other business books, and general non-fiction. I don’t read much fiction, although I do re-read all of Nero Wolfe about once every three or four years. And, of course, other things that I “find” in all that I am reading… And, I read the other writers on our blogging team on this blog. And, I check in every now and then on sites like Malcolm Gladwell (Gladwell.com), Atul Gawande, and quite a few others I have bookmarked.
I generally read a famous/timeless speech or two a week. I have a number of books of compilations of speeches, and I really enjoy this practice.
Here’s the list, so far:
Terry Gross: What I Read
David Frum: What I Read (4/12)
Tyler Cowen: What I Read (3/22)
Frank Rich: What I Read (3/17)
Anna Quindlen: What I Read (3/10)
Steve Coll: What I Read (2/24)
Nicholas Lemann: What I Read (2/22)