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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.
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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. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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