For example, I just picked up a book from 1976 by Ann Douglas entitled The Feminization of American Culture. Her scholarship is stellar and I'm getting a view of my own cultural history from an entirely new viewpoint.
As I scroll through my email and see goodreads and B&N I haven't come across it.
Well. It's not the first time I haven't followed the crowd.
Processed foods are bad.
Processed novels are good.
Let me explain. I've been writing a novel for about 7 years now. I "finished" it a few years back, then let it sit for about a year. Then, I edited, re-edited, and got two-thirds through a different manuscript, and blogged a lot. I also edited several other books and reviewed dozens of books In other words, I did a lot of reading and writing.
Then, I came back to the original novel and after getting input from my writer's group, began a rewrite in first person, which was my original instinct about it. So far I am gathering a renewed interest and vigor in finishing and publishing it. The end result will be far different than my original product, which is, I hope, a very good thing. Without that process I would still be an absolute novice. Instead I am just a seasoned beginner.
If you'd like to read an excerpt, just comment below and I'll send a chapter. I'd love to know what you think.