From "our friends at Minnesota Public Radio" those droll elves of the airwaves comes my daily dose of Writer's Almanac. Contained therein today:
"Eric Ambler once told a friend he'd been reading James Joyce and she said, "Never read very good writers when you are trying yourself to write good trash. You'll only get depressed.""
Certainly that advice holds up well.
Maybe even better than some of Eric Ambler's spy novels...but I haven't
read one in so long I'm probably wrong. I've been busy reading Alan
Furst. For my money, he's the best in the biz right now. Sadly, he
is as they say "represented elsewhere", but then, so is Dan Brown.
And James Joyce.