Adventures In Genre Fiction

Last night I was at a local coffee shop trying to get some writing done. It was not going well at all. So I hopped my bike (yes, we're doing this now.) and rode down to the Harvard book story (yes, we're doing that too now) for a little inspiration. I thought of digging into Dashiell Hammett--especially given his pink commie pedigree, but instead opted to take some advice from the Horde and get some sci-fi.


I grabbed William Gibson's Neuromancer,Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, and Christopher Priest's Inverted World. Over the past few years reading has really become "work" for me. I think that happens to all people who aspire to write books. If I read five books, I generally only feel like I'm having fun with one of those. I'm OK with that, but I think it's good to stay in touch with why i got into this business to begin with.

So I'm in on Inverted World, and I'm enjoying myself. Which is really what it ultimately must be about. More later.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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