Editor’s note: Marcus Speh is a writer, ex-particle physicist, professor, executive coach, web head, father, fictionaut, former fencer and paratrooper, current maitre d’ of the kaffe in katmandu, curator of the One Thousand Shipwrecked Penguins project and mensch who lives in Berlin and blogs at Nothing To Flawnt.
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READING FOR WRITERS
by Marcus Speh
Reading in your teens. Reading in your 30s and your 40s. Reluctantly reading in your 60s. Reading on your deathbed. Rigorous reading. Not reading for a week. Not reading for a year. Reading only what you like. Reading what you’d like to write. Reading very slowly. Reading very fast. Reading in another language you understand. Reading in another language you don’t understand. Reading aloud. Reading aloud but whispering. Reading aloud but shouting. Being read to by your mom or dad. Reading with a running nose. Running while reading. Reading as an actor. Being read to by someone you want to have sex with. Having sex with someone while reading. Making love to someone who is reading. Making love to someone who read your book. Reading to a revolutionary. Reading the news. Dozing off while reading. Reading to write. Reading with a respirator. Reading thoughts. Reading in someone else’s room. Reading in someone else’s bed. Reading for business. Reading to be well read. Re-reading. Reading in Reading. Reading while rolling. Getting paid for reading. Reading, then writing, then reading some more. Reading e-books. Racing your friend to the bookstore, then reading. Reading in a library. Reading the bible. Reading with writer’s block. Reading in prison. Reading the Kaballah. Reading your soul. Reading the fine print. Reading penguin tracks in the snow. Reading as if for the first time. Reading your work. Reading your face when you read this.