At some point in my past, from a source I can't remember, I heard that it's therapeutic to talk back to TV ads.

I watch TV programs on the Web now so my chances for Ad-Rant-Therapy are, thankfully, shorter. But, my talking back to books has always been with me, and not just the swearing variety. Sometimes I coo at what the book is saying. I've even gotten so far into philosophical discussions with a book that I've forgotten to finishing reading it...

Reading is a creative act. Some even say that the author of any given book is only the first writer--every reader rewriting it as they perform the magic act of translating words into ideas in their minds. My previous post, One Book - One Gazzilion Reactions, touches on this...

Looking back on my nearly 6.5 decades of life on this planet, I honestly think I would have been a very nasty character if I hadn't developed a love for reading. Some of the books I've read have been way nasty; but, somehow, they taught me to not be that way. Nothing like an evil character getting their due to influence the moral compass...

Earlier today, I stumbled on a Web site that sparked this post--Reading.Org. I almost thought it was a joke (with my weird sense of humor) but it belongs to the International Reading Association, a global organization dedicated to literacy. They even have their own blog radio show :-)

I'll stay away from trying to say anything profound in this post but words can be crafted to talk about themselves, seeming to somewhat ignore the reader. For example: "I think the first word in this sentence is egotistical!"

If you want to dip your reading ladle into a large pond of ponderability, check out Arts & Letters Daily. The three main categories for reading are: Articles of Note, New Books, and Essays and Opinion. And, if the sheer amount of available reading on the landing page doesn't impress, notice that they have archives back to 1998 :-) Plenty of stuff to talk back to on this site...

Do you read a lot?

Do you have any funny stories about reading?

What's your very favorite kind of writing?