9.03.2006

what i'm reading: barbara ehrenreich

I recently finished the extraordinary book, The Places In Between, by Rory Stewart. It is a brief, brilliant book that I won't soon forget. Accompany Rory Stewart on his walk across Afghanistan. You won't be sorry.

I realize it may seem that I love every book I read. But in fact, I only write "what i'm reading" posts for books that I really like. If I don't like a book, I won't blog about it. Writers work too hard, for too little, to be cut down by my personal preferences. I don't want to discourage anyone from reading anything.

I just started reading Barbara Ehrenreich's Bait And Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream. This is a follow-up to her great book, Nickled And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America. I loved Nickled And Dimed - it's required reading, as far as I'm concered - and I'm expecting good things from Bait And Switch.

Of all the political writers I read, Ehrenreich is perhaps the one I most admire, the person whose career I am most envious of. That's because she writes for everyone. I love to read (for example) Katha Pollitt, and I don't know what I'd do without her insight, wit and vision. But Pollitt writes mainly for other lefties, where Ehrenreich brings her progressive vision to a mainstream audience. Both are necessary and important - and believe me, this is not a slight to the great Katha Pollitt. Ehrenreich does, with tremendous success, what I'm always trying to do with my own writing, in any small way I can.

2 comments:

M@ said...

On this literary note, some might be interested in the Eden Mills Writers Festival this Sunday (Sept 10th). It's a once-tiny festival that now draws hundreds of people and writers from across the country. It's in an idyllic spot about 45 minutes from Toronto.

One of the featured writers this year is Margaret Atwood. Other, slightly less famous authors may also be in attendance, flogging their books. If you're interested, check it out here.

L-girl said...

Cool. Have fun and sell loads of books!