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Well done. I really learned a lot about Emerson with this one!!!!!!
What made the experience of listening to First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process the most enjoyable?
I love everything about Emerson except how difficult it is to read Emerson. This author has done a wonderful job of sorting through Emerson's journals and letters, reducing them to their most important ideas, and conveying them in a coherent and meaningful way.
What other book might you compare First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process to and why?
For some reason the tone of the writing reminds me a bit of C.S. Lewis - conversational, yet sophisticated.
Which scene was your favorite?
I really enjoyed the part about how language and words should be connected to ideas and reality, and how the words lose their meaning when they no longer maintain that tangible connection.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I was particularly comforted, as a writer, by the realization that Emerson spent literally years just reading and journaling before he ever wrote anything he considered publishable. Also, I enjoyed the description of Emerson as a reader, and was delighted to discover that he skimmed many books and read only the parts he found valuable.
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Emerson or other transcendentalist authors. It is well-written and full of good advice for writers.