The votes from Thursday's post are in -- on the blog, on Facebook and Twitter. The topic -- does reading fiction matter -- clearly hit home. While the verdict was far from unanimous, a clear majority say, "Yes. Chris should read fiction."
I also checked with my best buddy Lynn, a respected reading and literacy expert. She says Chris and Laurie are already modeling correct behavior for the boys -- by reading a lot at home and reading kids' books to the boys. So, that part of my argument is totally bogus.
However, she also said, "Chris should absolutely read fiction. Fiction is the foundation of our humanity. It's the stories. It's how our culture is passed along."
Lynn also says that even literary non-fiction engages our brain in a different way than fiction does. Given that, let's forget about setting a good example for the boys for a moment. Chris should be reading fiction for his own continual development.
So, the creativity tip to start your week? Read fiction.
The creative query:
What should Chris read?
Chris hasn't read any fiction published in the past 15 years. I'm buying: What book do you suggest?
P.S. The fiction I'm reading at the moment is Until I Find You by John Irving. It is not Owen Meany, but ... it's OK. The best non-fiction I've read lately is this post by Roger Ebert.